GPS Coordinates: -25.7672427,19.9975979
The Kgalagadi transfortier park is located in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, sandwiched between Namibia and Botswana. It’s around 10 hours’ drive from Johanesburg with similar travel times from Cape Town, Windhoek in Namibia and Gabarone in Botswana.
Immediately next to the Namibian border, in South Africa’s section of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is Mata-Mata Rest Camp. It is one of this park’s three original restcamps. Like the others, it offers fairly simple self-catering accommodation.
Mata-Mata has 20 campsites and shared ablutions. The sites are fairly small, with most being right next to each other and not very well demarcated. All sites have a braai (bbq), bin and watertaps nearby. The most private sites are 1 and 8. Sites are allocated on a first come first serve basis.
The shared ablutions are old but serviced daily. They feature hot water showers, flushing toilets and a scullery. There is also a pool that is most welcome during summer months. Mata-Mata also has a hide that residents can access 24-7.
The camp has a fuel station, reception and basic shop. Electricity at the camp is only available from 6 in the morning ‘till 10 at night. There is no mobile reception.
Mata-mata has border control for the Namibian side, South African paperwork has to be done at Twee Rivieren.
Walking distance from the border is Sitzas farmstall and campsite. Here you’ll find home-made produce and even soft-serve ice-cream. Sitzas also has 3 campsites. These rustic sites are a good alternative if you’re only looking for a stopover to or from Namibia. The sites have a firepit and concrete table. The shared ablutions feature a single shower and toilet. Hot water is provided with a donkey (a fire water heater).
There a number of waterholes around Mata-Mata where you’re bound to see gemsbok, springbok and unlike the rest of the park, giraffe and even kudu. The camp itself is frequented by ground squirrels and meerkat. Please don’t feed them as it’s really not good for them.
Mata-Mata is obviously a good stopover to or from Namibia but it also a good camp to explore a slightly different view of the park.
Bookings can be made through the SANParks website or telephone;
Tel: +27 12 428 9111
The water is not potable. Bring your own or buy at the shop.
There is no mobile signal however you can buy WiFi access at the shop. The WiFi isn’t great though and not always available either.