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Meerkat Self-drive Safari

Explore the wildly remote Kgaladgai Transfrontier Park from four simple, self-catered bases before concluding with two nights at Augrabies Falls National Park. An exciting safari including varied game and birdlife, well-suited to the autonomous traveller.

Meerkat Self-drive Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Meerkat Self-drive Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Upington International Airport

Twee Rivieren Rest Camp
Day 1

Twee Rivieren

1 night
Room OnlyKgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Twee Rivieren Rest Camp stands at the southern entrance to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and doubles as its administration centre; it's often your first and/or last stop within this super park. Twee Rivieren is the largest camp in the park with the best amenities; in contrast to many privately-owned safari lodges, this feels like a small village, complete with a park's office, a fuel station, a shop, a restaurant and plenty of small chalets and bungalows spread around.

Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

Twee Rivieren Rest Camp stands at the southern entrance to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and doubles as its administration centre; it's often your first and/or last stop within this super park. Twee Rivieren is the largest camp in the park with the best amenities; in contrast to many privately-owned safari lodges, this feels like a small village, complete with a park's office, a fuel station, a shop, a restaurant and plenty of small chalets and bungalows spread around.

"Lovely room, a bit away from the others, giving us some privacy. "

Mr W & Ms WfromNL

Arrived 19 Jun 2018, 2 nights

Given that the majority of visitors approach the park from Upington, Twee Rivieren Rest Camp is often the first and/or last stop within the park. If your arrival times are uncertain or if you need to guarantee an early departure, then such a stop here is probably a necessity. It is quite large and doesn't feel exclusive – but makes a good springboard for a safari deeper into the park. It's also the only Kgalagadi rest camps which has a restaurant – which is very useful if you don't want the hassle of cooking; just make sure you check the opening time – and book a table ahead if possible. So this isn't our favorite camp in Africa, it usually functions well and is fine for few nights book-ending a deeper exploration of the Kgalagadi. See our full report on Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

82%
30 reviews of Twee Rivieren by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Days 2-4

Grootkolk Camp

2 nights
Room OnlyKgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Grootkolk Camp, like Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, is a wilderness camp built within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. While considerably more substantial than the restcamps within the park, these are by no means safari lodges.

Grootkolk Wilderness Camp

Grootkolk Camp, like Kalahari Tented Camp and Bitterpan Camp, is a wilderness camp built within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. While considerably more substantial than the restcamps within the park, these are by no means safari lodges.

"Feels like the middle of nowhere"

Mr DBfromN London

Arrived 31 May 2018, 2 nights

Grootkolk is a popular camp in the Kgalagadi National Park and as such tends to get fully booked up a year in advance. Forward planning is definitely needed to stand a chance of getting a cabin in this remote camp. See our full report on Grootkolk Wilderness Camp

94%
10 reviews of Grootkolk Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Kalahari Tented Camp
Days 4-6

Kalahari Tented Camp

2 nights
Room OnlyKgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Kalahari Tented Camp, on the western border of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is an excellent camp in a good location within the national park. Similar to both Bitterpan Wilderness Camp and Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, Kalahari Tented Camp offers a more typical safari experience.

Kalahari Tented Camp

Kalahari Tented Camp, on the western border of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is an excellent camp in a good location within the national park. Similar to both Bitterpan Wilderness Camp and Grootkolk Wilderness Camp, Kalahari Tented Camp offers a more typical safari experience.

"Good basic camp, friendly staff."

Mr J & Ms DfromUK

Arrived 26 Apr 2018, 1 night

See our full report on Kalahari Tented Camp

93%
27 reviews of Kalahari Tented Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp
Day 6

Kielie Krankie Camp

1 night
Room OnlyKgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp is only a short drive from Twee Rivieren meaning that if you want to get out into the wilds of the Kgalagadi on your first night this is the place for you. It has four cabins built on top of dunes, with a waterhole just below.

Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp

Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp is only a short drive from Twee Rivieren meaning that if you want to get out into the wilds of the Kgalagadi on your first night this is the place for you. It has four cabins built on top of dunes, with a waterhole just below.

"beautiful views of the sand, grasses, horizon below, and the magnificent sunsets"

Mr MfromToronto

Arrived 8 Jun 2018, 1 night

Kielie Krankie is one of the most popular camps in the Kgalagadi National Park and as such gets fully booked up a year in advance. Forward planning is needed to stand any chance of getting a cabin in this charming camp. See our full report on Kielie Krankie Wilderness Camp

93%
8 reviews of Kielie Krankie Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Augrabies Falls Restcamp
Days 7-9

Augrabies Restcamp

2 nights
Room OnlyAugrabies Falls National Park, South Africa

The government-run Augrabies Falls Restcamp is set in very pretty surroundings and offers a friendly welcome. Large and well organised, it is the only place to stay inside Augrabies Falls National Park and so makes a good base from which to explore this lovely park in the northern Cape.

Augrabies Falls Restcamp

The government-run Augrabies Falls Restcamp is set in very pretty surroundings and offers a friendly welcome. Large and well organised, it is the only place to stay inside Augrabies Falls National Park and so makes a good base from which to explore this lovely park in the northern Cape.

"Wonderful waterfalls and rocks at Augrabies... Comfortable rooms"

Mr Y & Dr CfromEssex

Arrived 12 Sep 2017, 2 nights

Augrabies Falls Restcamp isn't a fancy place to stay, but it is very convenient indeed for this park – so if you're coming to this park, we'd suggest that you stay here. A stay of two nights is fine to appreciate the starkly beauty of the place – and expect most of your fellow-visitors to be South Africans, rather than overseas visitors. See our full report on Augrabies Falls Restcamp

85%
16 reviews of Augrabies Restcamp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Night drive

Self-guided walking

Day 9

Ends: Upington International Airport

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