In Kalahari Series I – 2009, I wrote about six of the unfenced wilderness camps in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park or KTP (read those posts here). When we went back to the Kgalagadi this time, I wanted to take photos of the three main (fenced) camps as well. They are a popular search term on my site, so this post may be of particular interest to people intending to travel there, but I hope that for those that don’t, the photographs will be interesting anyway.
Of the three main (i.e. fenced) camps in the Kgalagadi, Nossob remains my favourite. It is well-situated about half-way along the Twee-Rivieren – Unions End road (see map here). If you base yourself at Nossob for a few days, you can take some lovely game drives north and south of the camp. The area is well known for its predators (there is even a Nossob lion pride which has lived in the area for many years) and the wide variety of birds that live near the Nossob river.
Unlike the unfenced wilderness camps, Nossob does not have a view of the waterhole from the chalets. However, it does have a big bird and game viewing hide which extends out into the dry Nossob river bed, and where you can watch animals and birds coming to drink. All the fenced camps – including Nossob – also welcome families with young children. Here kids can walk around the camp and play in safety.
What I particularly like about Nossob, is that you get the feeling of a busy working camp. It is the last refueling and watering point for those travelling further north in the KTP – or even those leaving the KTP and travelling into Botswana.
Accommodation at Nossob is in the form of self-catering chalets (mostly 2-person units, but there are bigger chalets for families too), and a camping site. The camp is powered by a generator which runs from about 5:30 a.m. to about 10 p.m. So this is the place to recharge all those camera and gadget batteries!
Although the chalets are basic, whoever designed them did a great job. In summer they are lovely and cool inside. In winter the temperatures inside remain fairly moderate even if the temperatures plunge outside.
For those wanting to rough it, there are camping sites available and clean communal shower blocks. The only problem is that there is no grass, so you have to pitch your tent on the ground, in the sand. This means you are very exposed to the elements – very hot in summer, very cold in winter. So take the right gear! Some people choose to sleep in vehicle roof-top or trailer-top tents which looks a little more comfy.
Nossob is not only a busy camp when it comes to human activity. There are lots of birds and small animals living in the camp too.
Within minutes of arriving at Nossob, one begins to notice the wide variety of birds in the camp. These are just a small selection – ones which we managed to get good photographs of.
There is a little bit of plant life besides the thorn trees. Below are some colourful flowers growing in the Nossob office “garden”.
Thank you to Theo van Zyl for allowing me to use some of his beautiful photographs for this post.
The Kalahari 2011 Series:
- An oasis in the desert
- Take your camera to the bathroom (and other Kalahari safari tips)
- The Long Road North – Southern Cape to Upington
- The Long Road North – Upington
- Showing your kid where its food comes from
- Fierce Creatures
- Gemsbok Graphics
- The Long Road North – Upington to Twee Rivieren and beyond
- Campfire story: The Last Outpost
- Slip-Slap-Slop-Slide and other Bush Beauty Tips
- Nossob (this post)
- Hey Mom . . . wait for me!
- A tough customer
- Frenzy at the “water hole” – includes the movie
- The Camp Cat