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“Good Location For Touring But That's It !”

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Twee Rivieren Restcamp
Reviewed February 21, 2013

I stayed in a chalet for one night as part of a month long driving tour.

This camp has all the basic amenities needed - the chalet was large and airy and relatively clean with functioning aircon and the self catering facilities were all there. No bats in my chalet !

The location is great as part of a tour itinerary, and as per my review on Mata Mata, despite there being one main 'route' between the two camps, there's plenty of game to be seen along the riverbed.

But please don't expect the camp itself to be part of a memorable event, it's in a convenient location and that's it - the SAnparks staff are just as enthusiastic as those at Mata Mata - that is, they aren't........

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

A most memorable visist to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park bordering South Africa, Namibia and Botswana was marred by the standard of accommodation offered at the flagship rest camp, Twee Rivieren. My own experience and that of others I read would indicate that urgent attention needs to be paid to the general and specific complaints of visitors to this rest camp which often serves as an entry point and at least an overnight camp on any visist to the formidable KTP. In a nutshell the problems relating to the accommodation include dust filled rooms (from staff leaving windows open), poorly cleaned rooms, failure to wash kitchen cutlery and crockery, dated bed linen and bedcovers and a broken air conditioning unit that had been leaking puddles of water for ages (the paint and cement on the wall was bubbling). The worst experience after spending a long and hot day out in the KTP is to have bats swoop down on you at night-this is a very dreadful experience and does not make for any decent sleep during the night. Don't believe the staff when they tell you that there are no bats in their rooms or that the bat problem has been eradicated (ha ha). It goes without saying what effect this has on the enjoyment of game the following day. The shop is poorly stocked. The on site restaurant knows exactly how to destroy good food in the cooking process. The cooked vegetables were the most soggy and dreadful I have ever tasted. The pie was clearly old. The same can be said of the vegetables.The meat was so badly done that I wondered at almost every meal as to whether I had ever tasted worse. It is imperative that Sanparks stops presuming that the daytime experience in their parks would make visitors less critical of the accommodation and facilities at the rest camps.

Room Tip: ask for the rooms without bats in them-am afraid though that this request is almost likely to be imp...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

As was the case with several other SAP experiences, the Twee Rivieren camp was a little disappointing. With a little effort on the part of the SAP staff, it could have been amazing. The chalet had a family of bats living in the rafters, the store's computer system was plagued with technical difficulties and the staff couldn't be bothered with the concerns of the guests. A word of advice to Kgalagadi visitors: despite what the SAP folks claim, none of the roads in the park are suitable for sedans. We learned the hard way after being assured that the main roads were okay for our vehicle. Fortunately, we didn't have to wait long before being rescued by a group in a 4x4 (they all thought we were a little crazy for attempting the roads in a sedan and were shocked to hear that the SAP staff told us we wouldn't have any trouble).

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We visited the park in March, was nice and surprisingly green. While we had a great time in the park, the camp was more average than exceptional, too crowded for us, big rooms, but we shared with bats and some other animals. So while it is ok to stay a night or two, if you can, select other camps inside the park. Wildlife around and also in the park was excellent, we saw even a caracal one of the morning, as well as several puff adder on the road during the day and also during the night drives,

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The largest of the park's restcamps has the best (or at least the most) facilities. A decent-sized (if over-priced) shop, pool, restaurant, ATM, chalets with aircon, 24x7 electricity and that rarest of things in this park - a mobile phone signal.

Not all campsites have power (only the ones on the lower level of the campsite). There is a large toilet and shower block in good condition. Ensure early arrival to secure a campsite with shade, as many are unshaded.

In the chalets, the mattresses are of mixed conditions. In our chalet one bed had a sprung mattress while the other had a high density foam one which will go down in our history as the most uncomfortable bed I've ever experienced. In fact, both were judged "extremely uncomfortable".

The chalet kitchen was well-equipped including fridge/freezer, microwave and a 2-ring hob. Each chalet also has lit braai facilities. Firewood and ice are available in the shop.

We did not suffer the problems with bats that other people have reported.

The restaurant served home-style cooking, pretty average quality, could be a lot better.

Overall I'd place it somewhere between Average and Very Good. It's neither, it's good. Mostly.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

This rest camp is definitely the more 'commercial' of the 3 main camps. It has a bigger shop and more chalets. We stayed in a chalet for 1 night (the camp site is very close to the main road, with not much shade... would not recommend staying there for more than 1 night). It's not 5 star quality, but it was comfortable and clean. Saw plenty of game in the area. The park does not recommend sedan cars, so don't expect amazing roads (and bring a 4 x 4!)

Room Tip: Choose a chalet near the front of the rest camp, then you will have uninterrupted views of park.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

The road to Leeuwdrill is open again and proving to be valuable for lions and cheetah. We saw cheetah as drove in. We saw a lioness on the dune. There was a lion kill at Rooiputs! You must take the loop to the picnic spot at Melkvlei as we saw three cheetah walking down the road.

The accomendation is basic and functional. You have to realise that if you not choosing the luxurious option you are going camping so be prepared even if you are staying in the chalets that the accommodation is basic.
The shop is excellent. It has an atm and is the only place to draw cash in the park.The roads have been graded. It also has cellphone reception which you do not find in most of the other camps. You must bring your own drinking water or you buy it at the shop. One of the main attractions of this park is that is still wild and untamed. .It is one of the reason we keep on going back.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Northern Cape > Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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