Rolling red sand dunes covered in Bushman grass, contrasted by dry, desolate river beds and stately Camelthorn trees are what characterise the Kgalagadi. Famous for the Black-maned lions, birds of prey and many other species the Kgalagadi is a must do on every aspiring wildlife photographers list.
The campsite at Tweerivieren provides several options for morning and afternoon drives. You can head either up the Aoub river valley towards Mata-Mata or you can head up the Nossob river valley to Rooiputs and Kij-Kij waterhole. Include the trip over the dunes between Auchterlonie and Kij-Kij as there are several species that you may spot here, including Honey badger, some of the smaller Korhaan species and the Eland which tend not to frequent the riverbeds.
There are several well spaced waterholes along the routes. Drive slowly and be patient. Keep your eyes on the trees and along the tops of the old, dry riverbanks.
Black-backed jackal, Bat-eared Fox and Cape Fox all have dens alongside or very close to the road and there are several along the stretch of road before you reach Auchterlonie on the Mata-Mata road. In December all the dens had several young pups in them. Park quietly outside a den and if you are patient the pups will usually come out if it is safe, especially when the parents return to regurge a morsel to eat.
The campsite is full of wildlife, incluing ground squirrels, ground and tree agama's, yellow mongoose and plenty of bird species. Use a beanbag and get down low. Do not entice the animals with food.
The Tweerivieren campsite is nicely laid out with plenty of shade trees, awnings and thatched shaded tables. The strict control on the number of campers allowed at each campsite means there is always plenty of space to set up camp. There are electricity points throughout the main campsite. There are a few sites situated a little further away from the main campsite, but they do not have power or water points.
Tweerivieren has a restaurant and well stocked shop with most of the basic necessities and ice cold beer! It is a good idea to bring your own wood, or purchase wood at Tweerivieren for the rest of your trip. Collecting wood in the Park is not allowed.