South Africa Camp News – April 2013
Ta Shebube to open 3 luxury camps in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
June opening date for Rooiputs
The Kgalagadi is characterised by the red, rolling sand dunes, dune bushveld, scattered pans, dune crests, the fossil river environment of the Nossob and Auob River valleys, vast open Acacia savannas and expansive, grassy plains. The dry river beds show predators and antelopes off at a premium and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Eighty well -established water holes along the Auob and Nossob Rivers attract large numbers of desert plains game and predators and, their proximity to the game drive roads makes them an ideal close -up vantage point for photographers.
With its rugged, scenic beauty, abundance and variety of wildlife, atmosphere of desert solitude, 4×4 wilderness trails and its culture, the Kgalagadi is an unspoilt and undiscovered treasure trove. Due to its extremely isolated location and harsh terrain the park gets relatively few visitors.
Predators are the area’s big attraction and include: the black -maned Kgalagadi lion, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, jackal and wildcat and it is one of Africa’s best parks for the ch eetah, which thrive by hunting in its fossil river valleys and the surrounding dunes. Over 300 bird species have been recorded and Nossob and Polentswa Pan are rated as one of the best places to view raptors, particularly in summer.
Rooiputs, located 25 k m north of Twee Rivieren, will comprise of 11 luxury thatched chalets constructed from a clever mix of wood, canvas and glass with furnishings reflecting the rich, ethnic textures of Africa and the desert. Whereas Polentswa and Union’s End, located 190 km north, will be classic, tented camps capturing the romance of a nostalgic bygone era (9 and 6 tents respectively). A luxury desert suite and a family unit, lapa, boma, library, plunge pool, wellness massages and bird hide will be additional features at selected camps. Additionally to fully inclusive rates Ta Shebube will also be offering full board/self-drive rates.
All camps can be accessed by road and there are daily scheduled flights from Cape Town and
Johannesburg into Upington . The Twee Rivieren airs trip is a 50 minute charter from Upington.