Botswana’s first luxury desert camps to open in the Kgalagadi

 

The Safari Agency is pleased to introduce its new client Ta Shebube who during the course of 2013 will be opening its three safari camps – Rooiputs, Polentswa and Union’s End, all strategically situated along the predator-rich Nossob River Valley on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The Kgalagadi is characterised by the red rolling sand dunes, dune bushveld, scattered pans, dune crests, the fossil river environment of the Nossob and Auob River valleys, vast open Acacia savannas and expansive grassy plains. The dry river beds show predators and antelopes off at a premium and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Eighty well established water holes along the Auob and Nossob Rivers attract large numbers of desert plains game and predators and their proximity to the game drive roads make them an ideal close-up vantage point for photographers.

With its rugged scenic beauty, the abundance and variety of wildlife, its remote desert and solitude feel, 4×4 wilderness trails and culture, the Kgalagadi is an unspoilt and undiscovered treasure trove. Due to its extremely isolated location and harsh terrain the park gets relatively few visitors.

Predators are the area’s big attraction and include the black maned Kgalagadi lion, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, jackal and wildcat and is one of Africa’s best parks for the cheetah, which thrive by hunting in its fossil river valleys and the surrounding dunes. Over 300 bird species have been recorded and Nossob and Polentswa Pan are rated as one of the best places to view raptors, particularly in summer.

Rooiputs, located 25 km north of Twee Rivieren, will comprise of 11 luxury thatched chalets constructed out of a clever mix of wood, canvas and glass with furnishings reflecting the rich ethnic textures of Africa and the desert. Whereas Polentswa and Union’s End, located 190 km north, will be classic tented camps capturing the romance of this nostalgic bygone era (9 and 6 tents respectively). Honeymoon and family units, bush spa, lapa, boma, library, swimming pool and bird hide will be additional features at selected camps.

All camps can be accessed by road and there are daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg into Upington. The Twee Rivieren airstrip is a 50 minute charter from Upington.

Construction started on 10 September with the first camp, Rooiputs, scheduled to open in early 2013.

  

Source = The Safari Agency
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