Nossob, one of the three rest camps in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, is being upgraded, while additional units are being added at Urikaruus and Kieliekrankie.
Construction commenced in 2015 and is estimated for completion by February 2017. The developments entail 10 additional riverfront units, four with four beds and six with two beds, as well as 10 luxury campsites, which will each offer their own ablution facility and kitchenette. Some of the existing structures will be converted into smaller yet practical units, to minimise overcrowding.
“The desire to improve facilities and create a better experience for visitors resulted in the decision to add more units to the rest and wilderness camps in the park,” said Nadia Lemmetuis, spokesperson for the SANParks in the Northern Cape.
The two additional units at Urikaruus and Kieliekrankie are almost complete, after which these wilderness camps will each have five units. “The inclusion of wilderness camps and 4×4 trails allow for a more intimate engagement with remoter regions of the park that was formerly out of bounds,” said Lemmetuis.
The expansions and renovations of two riverfront chalets at Mata Mata, a new shop and ablution block were completed last year. The waterhole at Grootkolk, another wilderness camp, has also been moved from a spot under a tree to a more central spot closer to the units, and is now visible from all four units. Two new bird hides were erected at Mata Mata and Nossob rest camps.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Tourism Update.