Probably my favourite SA National Park, in the lonely and beautiful Kalahari. Game viewing and scenery at the park is spectacular. Game is concentrated for the most part along the two riverbeds along which the main park roads follow. Common sightings include ostrich, jackal, red hartebeest, wildebeest, cheetah, lion, springbok, gemsbok, eland and much more. Rare sightings include Kudu, leopard, honey badger, african wild cat.
The park is a bird-lover's paradise with many species resident in the region, and many large raptors.
The roads in the park are generally quite poor, with teeth-rattling corrugations unavoidable on most roads. I would avoid bringing a regular sedan car into the park, though some people do. It's a real shame that SANP management doesn't have the will or perhaps finance to build proper roads in the park.
Accommodation is camping and chalets, and the experience of individuals varies considerably. In the camps, jackals can be a problem at Nossob, bats at both Nossob and Twee Rivieren. There are numerous options for wilderness camps and regular camps, see separate reviews for Nossob, Twee Rivieren, Mata-Mata, Kalahari Tented Camp, and Kieliekranie, Urikaruus and Gharagab wilderness camps.
You'll need a number of days to do justice to a visit here - and it's worth it. Warning: very hot in the high summer, and aircon only in Twee Rivieren chalets.
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