Grootkolk

Grootkolk wilderness camp in the KgalagadiGrootkolk wilderness camp in the Kgalagadi

Grootkolk is an unfenced wilderness camp nestled amidst red sand dunes in the far north of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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panoramic view of Grootkolk camppanoramic view of Grootkolk camp

It is 6 hours drive from Twee Rivieren and 2,5 hours from Nossob and 20 km from Union’s End where the three countries South Africa, Botswana and Namibia meet. You do not need a 4x4 vehicle to get to the camp it is accessible to sedan vehicles.

A wide view of Grootkolk Wilderness CampA wide view of Grootkolk Wilderness Camp
Grootkolk campGrootkolk camp
Grootkolk cabinsGrootkolk cabins
Our Cabin at GrootkolkOur Cabin at Grootkolk

Accommodation

front view of our Grootkolk cabinfront view of our Grootkolk cabin

There are 4 x 2 bed cabins made from sand bags and canvas......

Bedroom in our Grootkolk cabinBedroom in our Grootkolk cabin
Inside Grootkolk cabin with our lion pic on the wallInside our Grootkolk cabin with our lion pic on the wall

the cabins tend to be a little cramped compared to the other wilderness camps, but the outside area has been extended providing extra space when cooking.

Grootkolk cabin with our lion pic on the wallanother Grootkolk cabin with our lion pic on the wall

Each cabin has a ceiling fan,  gas for hot water and cooking and solar power for lights and an en suite bathroom, ......

Grootkolk bathroomthe bathroom

the cabins are equipped with cutlery, crockery, linen, fridge and braai, a small covered outdoor kitchenette area, with table and chairs and a braai area.....

The Grootkolk kitchen and patio with braaiThe Grootkolk kitchen and patio with braai

Food and Drinks

The nearest shop is at Nossob, about 100 kilometers away so please make sure you take enough food, water and firewood or charcoal with you. One year we ran out of drinking water and had to get more at Unions end pump (waterhole)!

Communal kitchen at Grootkolk wilderness campCommunal kitchen at Grootkolk wilderness camp

The communal kitchen lies between two cabins, it has a gas stove and fridge freezer and boma area,this is nice if there is a large group of friends, but each of the four cabins have their own braai/barbecue and wash up area, so you do not need to make use of the communal kitchen.

Grootkolk camps communal boma with a view over the veldGrootkolk camps communal boma with a view over the veld

During the hot Kalahari summer months the birds come looking for water, so bowls filled with stones and water have been put on the walls of the cabins and the birds flock there....

violet eared waxbill at a water bowl at Grootkolk campviolet-eared waxbill at the water bowl

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Activities

large black mane lion at the Grootkolk waterholelarge black mane lion at the Grootkolk waterhole

During the wet season the waterhole can be obscured by grass,  as the cabins are not raised, you may have difficulty seeing the animals drinking, unlike Urikaruus, Gharagab, KielieKrankie and Kalahari Tented Camp, where you can see the water and therefore you get to see the animals as they are lapping the water, making for much better photographs.

For photography the best months are the winter and spring months (August to November) as the grass will be short allowing for better views of the waterhole and surrounding area. 

photographing a herd of Blue Wildebeest from our cabinphotographing a herd of Blue Wildebeest from our cabin

There is a resident leopard and resident pride of lions that often put in appearances at the camp.....

Male lion at the waterhole at GrootkolkMale lion at the waterhole at Grootkolk
Wildebeest in the dust at Grootkolk campWildebeest in the dust at Grootkolk camp
Lion at Grootkolk wildernessLion at Grootkolk wilderness

We have had some rare sightings, like this warthog who popped in to visit the waterhole and a very blonde looking black back jackal.....

Warthog at Grootkolk campWarthog at Grootkolk camps waterhole
Jackal walking past Grootkolk campa very blonde black back Jackal walking past Grootkolk camp
photographing lions at sunset at Grootkolk waterholephotographing lions at sunset at Grootkolk waterhole
Grootkolk sunset with lionsGrootkolk sunset with lions

The waterhole has a flood light so it's good viewing for nocturnal  sightings and photography, we have seen leopard, lion, brown hyena, owls and jackals.....

Leopard at Grootkolk waterhole looking aroundLeopard at Grootkolk waterhole looking around
Leopard drinking at Grootkolk waterholeLeopard drinking at Grootkolk waterhole
Leopard at Grootkolk waterholeLeopard leaving at Grootkolk waterhole
Male lion lying in front of our cabin at GrootkolkMale lion lying in front of our cabin at Grootkolk
Verreaux Owls at GrootkolkVerreaux Owls resting in a camelthorn tree

The area and waterholes around the camp have given us some great sightings.....

Male lion with his cub on access road to GrootkolkMale lion with his cub on access road to Grootkolk
Lioness and cub photographed near GrootkolkLioness and cub photographed near Grootkolk
Lioness and cub taken near Grootkolk campLioness and cub image taken near Grootkolk camp
Leopard mother and cub at Lijersdraai waterholeLeopard mother and cub at Lijersdraai waterhole
Leopard Leaving tree at Kannaguass waterholeLeopard Leaving tree at Kannaguass waterhole

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This snake was moving for no one! We were driving from Nossob to Grootkolk when he started to cross the road in front of us. We nearly ran over him but …

Martial Eagle 
This martial eagle kept us entertained for about an hour - he was preening, then yawning, then staring at us, then he would sit opn one foot, then the …

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For photographers you cannot beat the sunsets at Grootkolk - here is a herd of Kudu at sunset.

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This owl was sitting under a tree near our cabin at Grootkolk. It looks like a baby so maybe it fell out the tree?

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