Grootkolk is an unfenced wilderness camp nestled amidst red sand dunes in the far north of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
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.
There are 4 x 2 bed cabins made from sand bags and canvas......
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.
Each cabin has a ceiling fan, gas for hot water and cooking and solar power for lights and an en suite 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 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)!
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.
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....
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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.
There is a resident leopard and resident pride of lions that often put in appearances at the camp.....
We have had some rare sightings, like this warthog who popped in to visit the waterhole and a very blonde looking black back jackal.....
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.....
The area and waterholes around the camp have given us some great sightings.....
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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 …
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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