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Kalahari lion, Panthera leo vernayi, in typical Kalahari desert. Big lion male with black mane. Kgalagadi transfrontier park, Botswana

Twee Rivieren

Twee Rivieren – “Two Rivers”. It is the largest campsite in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. as well as the park headquarters.

About Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

Twee Rivieren – “Two Rivers”. Kalahari/Kgalagadi campsite, situated a few kilometers from the confluence of the Nossob and Auob Rivers. Your gateway to the Kgalagadi.

Twee Rivieren is the largest campsite in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is also the park headquarters and the reception for both the South African camp, as well as the Two Rivers campsite on the Botswana side. This campsite has the only cellphone reception on the South African side for South African cellphones.

Why visit Twee Rivieren?

  • Twee Rivieren is the entrance to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the South African side – A good first camp, as it is situated at the entrance of the park and allows for the long drive to the park.
  • Birding can be very productive in the area.
  • Use it as your first base to wind down before you get into the desert feeling – beware, it may grip you so hard, that it may make you return again-and-again.
    The camp 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.
Visit the nearby waterhole – it often produces very good game viewing.
In the camp, be sure to keep an eye and ear open for owls – Pearl Spotted owls are a frequent visitor and the lap-dog sounds of the barking geckos.
On the northern side of the camp is a Kalahari red sand dune. Climb it in the cooler times of the day, for a way to feel get the feeling of desert sand. 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)

Semi-arid Kalahari Duneveld

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:


Circular Routes:
Short Dune Road – Morning Drive North up the Nossob to Melkvlei – return, but take the short dune road to Auchterlonie and return to Tweerivieren. 140 km 6 and a half hours
Long Dune Road – Whole day drive North up the Nossob to Dikbaardskolk- return, along the long dune road to Kamqua and return to Tweerivieren along the Auob . 275 km 10 to 11 hours.
ReturnRoutes:
Waterhole at the confluence and return: 12km 30 minutes
Auchterlonie Up the Auob and return on the same route 45 km 2 hours
Mata Mata Up the Auob and return on the same route 260 km 10 hours! Longer than Nossob route, but less waterhole stops!
Nossob Up the Nossob and return on the same route 170 km 12 hours! Shorter than the Mata Mata route, yet more waterhole stops!

Water centered game and bird viewing:

Waterholes up and down the Nossob and Aoub – all could deliver great sightings and memories.

Accommodation:

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

Contact TweeRivieren

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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