Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and actually comprises two adjoining national parks with a combined total area of 38,000 square kilometers, with three-quarters of the park located in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa. The western boundary borders with Namibia with access through the Mata-Mata / Welverdiend border post (08:00 – 16:30).
Within the park there are lodges and self-catering rest or tented camps. These are fully serviced establishments and most include amenities such as air-conditioned rooms, shops and swimming pools.
There are also five unfenced wilderness camps in the park providing basic self-catering wooden structures, and overnight visitors must provide their own food, drinking water and firewood. All the wilderness camps are unfenced (and care needs to be taken) and some are only reachable via 4x4 vehicles.
Border crossing visitors who are leaving from Botswana to South Africa, or vice-versa, as well as those coming and going to Namibia at the Mata-Mata gate must report to the customs officials at Twee Rivieren’s reception. This is particularly important if exiting into Namibia because guests will be made to return from Mata Mata to Tweerivieren (120km) if they have not cleared South African Customs and Immigration there. If you are staying within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park you do not need a passport even for the Botswana side, it is only necessary if you enter from one country and exit into another. All visitors using the Park’s Port of entry points must sleep in the Park for minimum two nights.
Tweerivieren: South Africa entry and exit, opens 07:30 closes 16:00 all year. Two Rivers: Botswana entry and exit, opens 07:30 closes 16:00 all year. Mata Mata: Namibia entry and exit, opens 08:00 closes 16:30 all year.