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Male springbok antelope (Antidorcas marsupialis) fighting, Kalahari desert, South Africa

Nossob

Nossob situated in the Kgalagadi tree savannah, attracts a greater diversity and number of grazers – and predators

About Nossob Rest Camp

Nossob – “Dark Clay”. Kalahari/Kgalagadi campsite, situated on the upper reaches of the mostly dry Nossob river bed. This campsite can produce some spectacular wildlife and birdlife sightings.

Nossob is the remotest of the traditional campsites in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, on the South African side – of course, excluding the Wilderness camps and lodges. So remote, it has no cellphone reception, however WIFI vouchers are available.

Why visit Nossob?

  • Nossob is situated in the Kgalagadi tree savannah, which attracts a greater diversity and number of grazers – this in turn attracts greater numbers of predators, for which this area is well known. Lion, Leopard, Caracal and Cheetah are often seen close by the campsite in the Nossob river bed and on the dunes – if you are lucky, even African Wild Cat.
  • Birding can be very productive in the area – especially for raptors.
  • This campsite really gives you a great desert wilderness feeling, within a traditional campsite, with all it’s facilities – beware, it may grip you so hard, that it may make you return again-and-again.
    The camp itself abounds with wildlife, of the smaller kind – keep an eye open for ground squirrels, yellow mongoose and at night, there are spotted genet and Cape Fox around.

Tips:

A camp to get away from the crowds in the busier National Parks.
Walk around the camp site for,great birding possibilities.
Make sure you visit the campsite waterhole hide – this may be one of the best hides close to a campsite, for possible predator sightings – I have been lucky here!
In the camp, be sure to keep an eye and ear open for owls – Barn owls and Pearl Spotted owls are frequent visitors and the lap-dog sounds of the barking geckos.
While walking around the campsite, beware to wear shoes, as scorpions do abound in the desert.
Please make sure to wear shoes at all times. Make sure to shake your shoes out first, before putting them on, as the desert does provide an ideal home for scorpions.

Biome(animal and plant habitat)

Tree savannah

Animals you may encounter in the area:

Blue Wildebeest
Chacma Baboon
Eland
Gemsbok
Giraffe
Grey Duiker
Kudu
Red Hartebeest
Springbok
Steenbok
Vervet Monkey
Warthog
As well as several rodents including:
Bats
Gerbel
Ground Squirrel
Hares
Hedgehog
Mice
Moles
Porcupine
Rats and Shrew that feed a multitude of Predators and Raptors that prey on them and the multitude of insects.

Predators include:

African Wild Cat
African Wild Dog
Bat-Eared Fox
Black-Backed Jackal
Brown Hyena
Caracal
Cheetah
Honey Badger
Leopard
Lion
Pangolin
Silver (Cape) Fox
Small Spotted Cat
Small-Spotted Genet
Spotted Hyena
Striped Polecat
Suricate(Meerkat)
Yellow Mongoose

Birds to look out for in the area:

African Darter
African Fish Eagles
African Spoonbill
Black-bellied Bustard
Black-winged Stilt
Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark
Collared (Red-winged) Pratincole
Cormorant Reed
Cormorant White-breasted
Crowned Lapwing
Egrets
Kingfishers
Red-crested Korhaan
Storks
Swallow Mosque
Swallow Wire-tailed
White-winged Tern

Not to miss routes in the area:


Longer Routes:
Lijersdraai – Half Day North up the Nossob to Lijersdraai and return 170 km 7 hours
Union’s End – Full Day North up the Nossob to Union’s end – return. 270 km 10 to 11 hours.
ReturnRoutes:
Short routes to Marie’s Loop or Kwang: 1 hour and 2 hours respectively – Morning or evening drives
Dikbaardskolk and return Down the Nossob to Dikbaardskolk and return on the same route 120 km 5 hours

Water centered game and bird viewing:

Waterholes up and down the Nossob – all could deliver great sightings and memories and do not forget the hide at the camp waterhole – it can be very rewarding.

Accommodation:

Campsites powered and unpowered
Family Cottages 3 or 4 beds
Cottages 2 beds
Family Chalet 6 beds

Contact Nossob

Tel: + 27 (0) 54 561 2000 (Twee Rivieren)

More Camps in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Jacques Fouche

Jacques has been a keen travel junkie, for as long as he can remember. Having spent his childhood in Namibia, Limpopo province in South Africa (near the Kruger National Park ) and KZN in South Africa and later Cape Town, always been surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. Qualifying as a safari guide in 1996, Jacques guided over virtually all possible natural eco systems and travelled over hundreds of thousands of kilometers, through all the southern African countries. Later he spent 8 years living and working in Austria, mixing cultural, city and natural scenic travels all across Europe.

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