Elevated above the red sands of the Kalahari and suspended in time is Bitterpan an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole.
Bitterpan is situated in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
in the middle of the wilderness opening up a new 4x4 route through the Kalahari dunes from Nossob to Mata-Mata and the Kalahari Tent Camp. It is on a ONE-WAY route starting from Nossob.
It is approximately a 2½-hour drive from Nossob to Bitterpan, while from Bitterpan to Craig Lockhart in the Auob tourist road takes another 2½ hours, and thereafter 15 minutes to Mata Mata, or a 2-hour drive to Twee Rivieren.
It is strictly a 4x4 route, but large 4x4’s such as Unimogs (heavy vehicle 4x4) are not allowed.
A six-metre lookout tower allows exceptional views over the pan, waterhole and across the dunes.
Guests should consider staying at Nossob before their departure for Bitterpan.Please Note
The camp and its access road are strictly for the use of its residents only.
Visitors must supply their own firewood or charcoal.
Visitors must supply their own drinking water.
No trailers (even 4x4 trailers) will be permitted.
Visitors should be aware that there is limited driving opportunity once at the camp. Only a one-way 15 km game drive, however visitors staying longer than one night may use the escape route to Moravet to go onto the tourist routes and back.
The entrance and exit roads (and the 15 km game drive) are strictly one-way.
No fuel and no shop, nearest facilities at Nossob and Mata Mata.
NB: This camp is NOT fenced; a ranger is based at the camp at all times.
4 x 2 bed units each with a loose standing bathroom, with a shower, washbasin and toilet. The accessible unit with appropriate ablution facilities are available for visitors with mobility impairment.
There is a communal kitchen and barbecue area.
Bedding, towels and cooking and eating utensils are provided
There is gas for hot water and cooking and solar for lighting.
The walls of each unit are made of reeds and canvas, whereas the roof is a corrugated iron sheet, covered with reeds.
The camp is built on stilts with a wooden walkway adjoining the units.
1. Accommodation rates do not include Conservation Fees
which are payable at the entrance gates.
2. Please ensure that you are familiar with the Rules & Regulations
of National Parks before making a booking.
Bitterpan Dune Camp - Kgalagadi Park Map:
The ranger was very nice. We had a beautiful walk around the Bitterpan and a great sunset. The track was in a quite good condition - we had no problems with our BMW X5 (SUV).