ZUTSHWA & KAA

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THE EX­PERT SAYS

Dawid de Wet, tour guide

to­er­boer.co.za “The Kaa con­ces­sion is a won­der­ful piece of the Kala­hari with no bor­ders or peo­ple. The roads aren’t used of­ten so at­tach shade cloth to the front of your ve­hi­cle to keep flammable grass seeds away from your en­gine.

“I re­cently stayed at Zutshwa Stop Over in Zutshwa vil­lage – a tidy unit with linen, a shower, toi­let and self­ca­ter­ing kitchen. There are also camp­ing and braai fa­cil­i­ties in Zutshwa. From there I drove to Masetleng Pan and I saw herds of red har­te­beest, eland and gems­bok along the way. The land­scape was the way I imag­ine the Kala­hari must have looked be­fore hu­mans ar­rived.”

Masetleng Pan GPS: S23.70622 E20.90023

KGALA­GADI TRANS­FRON­TIER PARK & MABUASE­HUBE

Th­ese clas­sic Kala­hari des­ti­na­tions are 4x4 and lion coun­try. Down­load Track­s4Africa for your GPS. Most vis­i­tors en­ter the park at Mabuase­hube and drive west to the South African side of the park (the road is one-way). This guide only cov­ers the camps on the Botswana side of the park. Visit sanparks.org for in­for­ma­tion about the South African camps.

Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier Park & Mabuase­hube

Park fees: P120 (R154) per per­son per day; P50 (R64) per ve­hi­cle per day. Mabuase­hube: Ac­com­mo­da­tion in this sec­tion of the park is run by the Depart­ment of Wildlife and Na­tional Parks (DWNP) and the In­ter-Tourism Group. DWNP con­trols Mon­amodi, Lesholoago, En­trance Gate, Khid­ing and Bosobo­golo. Camp­ing P30 (R38) per adult per night; P15 (R19) per child un­der 15. Camp­ing and park fees are half-price for kids aged 8 – 18; free for kids un­der 8.

The In­ter-Tourism Group runs Mabuase­hube and Mpay­athutlwa. Camp­ing P180 (R228) per adult per night; P90 (R114) per child aged 8 – 17; free for kids un­der 8.

The rest of the Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier Park: On the Botswana side of the park, camps are man­aged by the DWNP. Th­ese camps in­clude Swart­pan, Sizatswe, Kaa, Thu­pa­pedi, Gnus Gnus, Lang Ram­buka, Se­satswe, Tweel­ing Ram­buka, Po­lentswa, Matopi and Mo­so­mane. Camp­ing P30 (R38) per adult per night; P15 (R19) per child un­der 15. DWNP: 00 267 318 0774;

dwnp@gov.bw In­ter-Tourism Group: 00 267 350 0999; 00 267 71 116 090; trav­elop­tions@in­ter-touris­m­group. com; in­ter-touris­m­group.com (Note: We couldn’t make con­tact with this con­ces­sion holder.)

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Visit the travel blog trav­el4wildlife.com for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about ev­ery place to camp in Mabua. North of the Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier Park you’ll find small com­mu­ni­ties like Zutshwa. Some of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties run tourism projects for ad­ven­tur­ous trav­ellers.

Zutshwa Stop Over & KD2 bush camps

At Zutshwa Stop Over you can camp for P75 (R95) per per­son per night or stay in a four-sleeper unit for P150 (R191) per per­son. Ba­sic fa­cil­i­ties.

The area be­tween Zutshwa and the Kaa gate into the Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier Park is a con­ces­sion area called KD2 (Kgala­gadi Dis­trict 2). You may drive through the area with a per­mit that you can buy in Zutshwa – P50 (R64) per ve­hi­cle. There are two bush camps at Name Pan and Kaa Pan with no fa­cil­i­ties – you have to be self­suf­fi­cient. Camp­ing P100 (R131) per per­son. (If you camp here, the per­mit fee is waived.) KD2 per­mits in Zutshwa (self­ser­vice kiosk) GPS: S24.14193 E21.24628 Zutshwa Stop Over GPS: S24.14334 E21.24837 Name Pan bush camp GPS: S24.20060 E21.07282 Kaa Pan bush camp GPS: S24.34088 E20.75285

00 267 75 858 960 (Call Ontuetse if you want to book one of the units; if you want to camp, just show up.);

zutshwa.com; it­ten@ co­ma­nis.ch (Corinne – she’ll send you PDF brochures about the area.)

KHAWA

Khawa is tiny – do your gro­cery shop­ping else­where. In May each year, the town is over­run with mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­asts who at­tend the Khawa Dune Chal­lenge. The rest of the year it’s quiet.

Wol­wepan Bush Camp

This camp is about 40 km from Khawa, in the ad­ja­cent KD15 con­ces­sion area (see page 62). No fa­cil­i­ties; only a pit toi­let and a sun shel­ter. Bring your own drink­ing and wash­ing water. Camp­ing P200 (R256) per night for a group of up to six peo­ple. P200 (R256) per ve­hi­cle per day. Con­tact the Khawa Com­mu­nity Trust to ar­range a visit. GPS: S25.98350 E21.49752

00 267 73 485 152 (Cap­tain Piet Man­joro, com­mu­nity leader);

00 267 73 636 319 (Piet Bok)

WERDA

The fill­ing sta­tion in Werda has closed down. Get fuel in Bray or in Tshabong. Tshabong also has shops if you need sup­plies.

Corn­wall Safari Lodge

This lodge is near the town of Werda on the South African bor­der. It’s a suit­able place to overnight if you want to use the Bray or McCarthy’s Rest bor­der posts – good for trav­ellers com­ing from the North­ern Cape, West­ern Cape or Eastern Cape.

Bush camp P125 (R158) per adult; P100 (R131) per child un­der 18. Camp­ing at the lodge (with ac­cess to lodge fa­cil­i­ties) P195 (R247) per adult; P100 (R131) per child un­der 18; free for chil­dren un­der 6. Lux­ury tents from P595 (R754) per night for two peo­ple. Rooms from P695 (R881) per night for two peo­ple shar­ing; lux­ury rooms with DStv and air con­di­tion­ing from P895 (R1 134) for two peo­ple. Meals can be booked and there are braai packs avail­able. There’s a swim­ming pool and ten­nis courts on the premises and you can have your laun­dry done, too. GPS: S25.26301 E23.48600 072 798 5051 (Heather); 082 444 1412 (Jan­nie); corn­wall­sa­faris.co.za

Their food is de­li­cious!

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