Bitterpan Wilderness Camp (Kgalagadi NP)

NB: This camp is NOT fenced and a Tourism Assistant is on duty at all times.

Elevated above the red sand dunes of the Kalahari and suspended in time is Bitterpan – an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole. Bitterpan is situated in the center 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 2,5 hr drive from Nossob to Bitterpan, while from Bitterpan to Craig Lockhart on the Auob tourist road takes another 2.5 hrs, and thereafter 15 minutes to Mata-Mata, or a two hour drive to Twee Rivieren. It is strictly a 4x4 route, but BIG 4x4’s such as Unimogs (heavy vehicle 4x4) are not allowed.

Guests should consider staying at Nossob before their departure for Bitterpan, as it is an approximately 3 hours drive from Nossob along a one-way 4x4 route. Guests much check in to Bitterpan at Nossob. They cannot do so at Twee Rivieren or Mata-Mata. Nossob itself is at least a three-and-a-half hour drive from Twee Rivieren.

Visitors to Bitterpan should please note the following:
  • NB. The camp and its access roads 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.