South Africa :: Northern Cape (Kgalagadi)
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Twee Rivieren is the largest and southernmost rest camp on the South African side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park; it’s also home to the park’s administrative offices and the border posts for both countries.
|Address :||Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi, South Africa|
|Cellphone Reception :||Intermittent||Main Cellular Network :||MTN/Vodacom|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+27(0)54 561 0911|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+27(0)54 561 2000|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||Premium and Unleaded|
|Towing Service :||Yes||Towing Service Telephone :||+27(0)54 332 2641|
|Facilities :||Shops, ATM, Lodging, Camping, Liquor, Restaurant, Airstrip, Tyre Repair|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, 4WD Trails, Picnics, Guided Walks, Swimming, Bird Watching|
Access to the Park from South Africa is at the Tweerivieren Gate. Passports are not required for entry, unless departure is planned through a different gate into another country.
Accommodation options are camping or self-catering chalets.
While there is cell phone reception at Twee Rivieren, it’s not completely reliable.
Electricity is available 24 hours of the day.
SANParks have converted the power points at the three main rest camps (Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata) to the caravan type plug; a blue converter is required to fit the South African three-pronged plug.
The filling station at the camp sells premium and unleaded petrol and diesel, subject to availability.
Twee Rivieren’s position at the entrance gate to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park makes it less popular than the more remote Mata Mata and Nossob Rest Camps. Yet visitors to Twee Rivieren have reported numerous sightings of predators in the region including sightings of the ever-elusive brown hyena. Sunset and sunrise game drives are available here but should be booked in advance.
The opening times below are for the entry gates into the park as well as the rest camps. They’re not applicable for the Twee Rivieren border post:
January / February: 06:00 -19:30
June / July: 07:30-18:00
November / December: 05:30-19:30
Master and Visa cards are accepted for payment for fuel and at the camp. This is the only camp with an ATM for cash withdrawals.
Twee Rivieren is the only rest camp with a restaurant (breakfast and dinner only).
Guests travelling to Tweerivieren via Upington/Van Zylsrus must not drive at a high speed as the gravel sections on both routes are badly corrugated.
Travelling from Tweerivieren to Nossob is about 4.5 hours.
From Tweerivieren to Upington is about 2.5 hours (250km tar).
From Tweerivieren to Mata Mata is about 3.5 hours.
From Tweerivieren to Kalahari Tented Camp is about 2.5 hours.
From Tweerivieren to Grootkolk is about 6 hours.
Travelling from Tweerivieren to Gharagab: Is possible to do in a day, will be about an 8 hour trip, you won't have much time for game viewing, so best to start early. You can plan an overnight in Nossob on this route. Take into consideration that the speed limit in the park is 50km per hour, and if viewing game you will average about 30 km/h.
It also has a swimming pool to cool down during the long hot summer days, and a public phone (card and coin).
The shop at the camp sells basic commodities such as curios, fresh meat, milk, cheese, eggs, firewood, wine, beer and spirits. They have credit card facilities.
The Tourist Info Office number is the number of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park office at Tweerivieren.
The contact number listed is for the tow-in service in Upington. (May-17)
Twee Rivieren reception: +27(0)54 5612000.
Twee Rivieren Border Post - South Africa: +27 (0)54 561 0914 (strictly 07:30 - 16:00).
Two Rivers Border Post - Botswana: +267 653 0228 (strictly 07:30 - 16:00).
The water in the taps is drinkable but it’s highly mineralised which gives it a very brackish taste.
If you enter the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at Twee Rivieren and plan to exit into Botswana,
you must make use of the border facilities at Twee Rivieren (South Africa) and Two Rivers (Botswana). The two border
posts share the same building at the Twee Rivieren entrance gate.
If you plan to exit into Namibia, you must pass through Immigration and Customs at the Twee Rivieren Border Post,
there’s no border post at Mata Mata on the South African side. Once you arrive in Namibia, there’s a border post on
the Namibian side to enter into Namibia. A minimum stay of two nights on the South African side of the Kgalagadi is
required if you enter or exit from one country and exit to another.
The use of drones in the park is strictly forbidden.
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