Title: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park : general information = Kalahari-Gemsbok Nasionale Park : algemene inligting
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Title: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park : general information = Kalahari-Gemsbok Nasionale Park : algemene inligting
Physical Description: Book
Language: Afrikaans
Creator: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
Publisher: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
Publication Date: 2001
Subject: Africa   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: Africa -- South Africa -- Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
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Bibliographic ID: UF00085924
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Kalahari Gemsbok
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General information

The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is situated approxi-
mately 358 km from Upington in the far northern Cape
and 904 km from Johannesburg. There are two routes to
the park: one via Upington and the other via Kuruman,
Hotazel and Vanzylsrus. Since the gate at Mata Mata on
the Namibian border is closed, there is no access to and
from Namibia. Namibia can be entered via

This is an arid region with an annual rainfall of 200 mm,
mainly between January and April. Day temperatures in
the summer may exceed 40'C. Winter days are sunny
with night temperatures often below zero.

Fauna and flora
The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is the home of the
Kalahari lion, the gemsbok and the tsamma. The park is
characterized by its red sand dunes with sparse vegetation
and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob where
camelthorn, grey camelthorn, black thorn, raisin bush and
African blackwood predominate. Most of the animals
such as gemsbok, blue wildebeest, eland, springbok, red
hartebeest, duiker and steenbok live in the dry riverbeds.
Besides lion, other predators found here are leopard,
cheetah, spotted hyaena, brown hyaena, wild dog and
black-backed jackal. No fewer than 215 bird species have
been recorded here.

Arrivals and departures
Visitors may take occupation of their accommodation
from 12:00 on the day of arrival and are requested to
vacate before 09:00 on the day of departure.

Travelling times and distances
As the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is situated far
from major towns and cities, it is important that visitors
arrive early if they are booked at Nossob or Mata Mata -
no travelling is allowed in the park after dark. When
moving from one resteamp to another visitors should start
before 12:00 to ensure that they arrive before dark.
Travelling time from the entrance gate at Twee Rivieren
to the Nossob Restcamp is 3 hours and to Mata Mata
2 hours.

Entrance gate hours
January and February 06:00 19:30
March 06:30 19:00
April 06:30 18:30
May 07:00 18:00
June and July 07:30 18:00
August 07:00 18:30
September 06:30 18:30
October 06:00 19:00
November and December 05:30 19:30

Accommodation and facilities
All accommodation is serviced daily and provided with
bedding, soap, towels, cooking utensils, crockery and cut-
lery. Visitors must provide their own bathing towels.

Extra beds
Beds are only available as indicated. In certain circum-
stances, visitors may be permitted to provide their own
stretcher and bedding for one additional child. Consult
your nearest reservation office in this regard. A limited
number of cots are available and may be booked on
arrival in the park.


1. Twee Rivieren Restcamp
Three or four-bed chalets
Each chalet has an air conditioned bedroom with three
single beds and a living area. Some chalets have an extra
single bed in the living area. A bathroom (shower) and a
fully-equipped kitchen with a two-plate stove (no oven)
complete the facilities.

Chalets with two single beds and a double
Bedsitters each have air conditioning, a bathroom (show-
er) and fully-equipped kitchen with a two-plate stove (no
oven) and a refrigerator.

2. Mata Mata Restcamp
Six-bed cottages
These have two bedrooms, each with two single beds, a
bathroom (shower) and a diningroom with two single
beds. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen with a two-
plate stove (no oven) and a refrigerator.

Three-bed huts with communal ablution facilities
These huts consist of one room with three single beds
and a washbasin. Three huts share one shower, bath and
toilet. There are two communal kitchens each containing

a separate refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery and
cutlery for each hut. The kitchens also have gas stoves
(no oven) and sinks. Each hut has a veranda.

3. Nossob Restcamp
Six-bed house
The house has three bedrooms, each with two single
beds. The main bedroom is air conditioned. Other facili-
ties include a bathroom (bath) and separate toilet, din-
ingroom, livingroom, fully-equipped kitchen and an
enclosed veranda.

Six-bed cottages
These have two bedrooms with two single beds in each,
two bathrooms (each with a shower), a diningroom with
two single beds, a fully-equipped kitchen with a two-plate
gas stove (no oven) and a refrigerator.

Three-bed huts
Each hut has one bedroom with three single beds, a bath-
room (with shower), a fully-equipped kitchen with a
refrigerator and a two-plate gas stove (no oven) and a

Three-bed huts with communal ablution
These huts consist of one room with three single beds
and a washbasin. Four huts share one shower, two baths
and two toilets. There are two communal kitchens, each
with a separate refrigerator, cooking utensils, crockery
and cutlery for each hut and gas stoves (no oven) and
sinks. Each hut has a veranda.

Caravans and camping
Ablution and barbecue facilities are provided at Twee
Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata restcamps. Electric
plugs are available (for hairdryers) in the ablution blocks.
There are no electric outlets at camp sites.
A maximum of six persons, one caravan with a side tent
and one vehicle, or one tent and one vehicle, or one
autovilla, or one motorised caravan will be permitted per

site. In the case of camping with a small tent, more than
one tent plus a vehicle will be permitted on a site provid-
ed the maximum number of persons is not exceeded.
One additional vehicle will be permitted in the parking
area for which a parking fee will be charged.

* Office hours: Same as entrance gate hours.
* Roads: The access road as well as the roads in the
park are gravel roads.
* Landing strips: Light aircraft may land at Nossob,
Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata. Prior permission must
be obtained from the Park Warden. The runway at
Twee Rivieren is tarred.
* Car hire: A car may be hired from Avis and collected
at Twee Rivieren provided it is booked in advance.
* Electricity: Locally generated electricity (220V) is
available in Nossob and Mata Mata half an hour before
the gates open until 08:30 and from 17:00 to 22:00.
Twee Rivieren has electricity throughout the day.
* Shops: The hours are the same as the entrance gate
hours. There is a shop in each restcamp selling gro-
ceries, soft drinks, cigarettes, liquor and curios. Fresh
vegetables and films are not available. Fresh meat,
bread, margarine and eggs are available at Twee
Rivieren only.
* Restaurant: There is an a la.carte restaurant at Twee
Rivieren. Hours: 06:30 to 21:00.
* Fuel: Petrol and diesel are available at all restcamps.
* Garage: The nearest garage is at Upington.
* Medical services: The nearest doctor is at Upington.
* Telephone: A manual exchange operates during office
hours only.
* Post Office: The nearest post office is at Upington.
No postage stamps are sold in the park.
* Police: The nearest police station is at Witdraai, 70
* Washing and ironing facilities are provided at all three

* Game viewing: Travelling times vary from 05:30 to
19:30 in summer and 07:30 to 18:00 in winter.
* Swimming: There is a swimming pool at Twee
Rivieren Restcamp for resident visitors.
* Lectures and film shows: Visitors are notified of
venues and times.

* Visitors may not bring pets into a national park.
* Firearms must be declared at the entrance gate for
sealing. Upon departure the seal will be broken at the
* All firewood must be declared.

* Remember your binoculars, torch, warm clothes in
winter and bathing suit in summer.
* Shoes must be worn on summer evenings to avoid
scorpion stings.
* Keep an emergency supply of 10 litres of water in your
* In the event of a car breakdown, stay with your car as
this is the safest place.
All vehicles are checked every evening and a search is
made for missing vehicles.
* Consult the regional office of the Automobile
Association for road maps and details of road condi-
tions outside the park.

Take anti-malaria tablets when visiting the park. Consult
your chemist.

Reservations and payment
All enquiries and applications should be addressed to the
National Parks Board at either one of the following

Postal address
PO Box 787 PO Box 7400
Pretoria Rogge Bay
0001 8012
Street address
643 Leyds Street 44 Long Street
Muckleneuk Cape Town
(012) 343-1991 (021) 22-2810
(012) 343-0905 (021) 24-6211
Office hours: Monday to Friday
08:00-15:45 i i i -- i 4 -

Reservation procedures
* Preference is given to written applications received 13
months in advance. Reservations are made and con-
firmed between 12 and 11 months in advance. After
these have been dealt with, attention is given to other
* Applications for accommodation or camp sites must
state the number of persons, the ages of children
under sixteen at the time of intended visit, the date of
arrival and number of nights with alternative dates.
* Reservations are made for the type of unit required.
Allocation of p... '.. unit numbers is made by the
tourist officer in the park.

Payment and deposits
* Tariffs are published on a separate sheet and are sub-
ject to change without prior notice.
* Deposits should not accompany applications. The
appropriate payment will be requested once the reser-
vation has been made. Postdated cheques are not
acceptable. For your convenience deposits may be
paid telephonically by way of a credit card. Confirmed
reservations are subject to cancellation rules.
* Upon receipt of your deposit, a confirmation receipt
will be forwarded to you, time permitting, which


Cape Town

should be presented on arrival in the park. To ensure
that your reservation is correct, please check the reser-
vation details and inform the reservation office imme-
diately of any discrepancies.

* Social pensioners (those receiving old age, family and
disability allowances, blind persons and war veterans)
as well as permanent residents of the Republic, 65
years and older, qualify for a discount on the ordinary
tariffs for certain types of accommodation and camp
sites. Discount does not apply to meals and entrance
* No discount will be given over long weekends or dur-
ing provincial school holidays. Visitors who wish to
apply for discount should obtain details of the school
holidays of all four provinces before applying. Where
seasonal discount is applicable to any accommodation,
senior citizens/pensioners will be granted one form of
discount only.
* Proof of age or pension category must be produced on
arrival at the park. No claims for discount will be paid
afterwards to persons who were unable to provide the
necessary documentation. Contact your nearest reser-
vation office for more details.

Address of the park
The Warden
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
Private Bag X5890
Tel: 0020 ask for Gemsbok 901
Fax: 0020 ask for Gemsbok 901

Distance to Kalahari Gemsbok National
Park from
Bloemfontein 7'-, km
Johannesburg 904 km
Kuruman 385 km
Upington 358 km

National Parks of South Africa
Nasionale Parke van Suid-Afrika

1 Kruger National Park
2 Kalahari Gemsbok N.P.
3 Augrabies Falls N.P.
4 West Coast N.P.
5 Karoo N.P.
6 Wilderness N.P.
7 Tsitsikamma N.P.
8 Addo Elephant N.P.
9 Mountain Zebra N.P.
10 Golden Gate Highlands N.P.
11 Bontebok N.P.

National Parks without tourism
12 Marakele N.P.
13 Vaalbos N.P.
14 Zuurberg N.P.
15 Knysna N.L.A.
16 Tankwa-Karoo N.P.
17 Richtersveld N.P.

1 Nasionale Krugerwildtuin
2 Kalahari-gemsbok N.P.
3 Augrabies-waterval N.P.
4 Weskus N.P.
5 Karoo N.P.
6 Wildernis N.P.
7 Tsitsikamma N.P.
8 Addo-olifant N.P.
9 Bergkwagga N.P.
10 Golden Gate-hoogland N.P.
11 Bontebok N.P.

Nasionale Parke sonder
12 Marakele N.P.
13 Vaalbos N.P.
14 Zuurberg N.P.
15 Knysna N.M.
16 Tankwa-Karoo N.P.
17 Richtersveld N.P.

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