Twee Rivieren camp is the main and largest rest camp in the Park. The name is derived from the confluence of the Nossoband Auob Rivers which is only about five kilometres upstream. Twee Rivieren is where the South African Park headquarters are situated and on the opposite bank of the fossil riverbed in Botswana territory, you will find the Two Rivers Camp. The reception area hosts both South African and Botswana offices.
Given the location and size of the Twee Rivieren camp, it’s not surprising that it is quite busy and cannot compete with the wilderness atmosphere of the more remote camps up north. Even so, it is a gentle introduction to both the kind and the harsh sides of the Kalahari. If it is your first visit, have faith – it takes a few days to get used to this extraordinary place of sand and scorching sun. But be careful: once you get sand in your shoes, you will be hooked for life.
Twee Rivieren (Dutch for ‘two rivers’) has an interesting history dating back to the early 20th century. Before 1931 the farm of the same name was bought by the government of the day and this brought the confluence of the two rivers within the boundary of the newly proclaimed Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. In 1938, the first two-bedroom corrugated-iron house was built for the warden Joep le Riche at the confluence of these two rivers. Later better accommodation was built down south where the camp is now situated. By 1950, the first three tourist huts were constructed and soon the camping ground was also enlarged. By 1955, two more rooms with enclosed verandas were added and by 1957, the camp could accommodate 12 people. Now it offers close to 100 beds in modern chalets, eight of which have facilities for physically disabled visitors. The many camping sites are popular and usually fully booked.
Only one road leaves the camp, heading north along the Nos- sob riverbed. Just before the confluence, about five kilometres from the gate, the road to Mata-Mata along the Auob riverbed turns off, while the Nossob road continues past the confluence towards Nossob Camp.
WILDLIFE IN TWEE RIVIEREN CAMP
The best way to unwind after a long drive is to climb the sand dune behind the arc of chalets towards the north of the camp. Wearing a hat is a good idea and closed shoes are a necessity on walks. You will find the sizable dune of bright red sand easy to climb. Explore the plant-life from close-up and notice the blue bush that is so typical of the area around Twee Rivieren. Walks around the camp are good for birding as many bird species frequent the camp.
This is an excerpt from Kgalagadi Self-Drive - Routes, Roads and Ratings.
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