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Bitterpan Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi | Journey For Wildlife

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Bitterpan is among the two wilderness camps within the Kgalagadi the place you want a 4×4 to get there. That is the primary cause why this camp is typically not full. Not all guests to the park have 4×4’s they usually can’t drive the highway that results in it. Be ready for deep sand and steep sand dunes.

camp under a cloudy sky

Arriving at Bitterpan

One more reason is probably the truth that the highway that results in the camp is only a one-way highway, beginning at Nossob camp and occurring drives is just not perfect. So if you wish to go for a drive from Bitterpan, you’ll have to go on an extended drive to the primary highway, across the ‘block’ again to Nossob, and again to camp. Bittercamp is just not a camp to go on drives. It’s a camp to loosen up and benefit from the wilderness, the views, and the corporate. 

Braai space, kitchen behind it, and two cabins on the aspect.

Identical to Urikaruus, Bitterpan rooms are elevated above the bottom. This stilted camp overlooks an enormous salt pan and a small floodlit waterhole. The waterhole is down the hill from the camp, proper on the pan’s edge. It’s fairly removed from the camp, and never nice for pictures.

Our tip for wildlife pictures is to incorporate the salt pan in your picture composition. That is additionally the place for evening pictures and storm pictures (if you’re fortunate!). Tip: look beneath your deck after sundown and also you may discover barking geckos searching bugs! 

gecko with prey

Barking gecko searching bugs

Antelope walking on a salt pan

Gemsbok strolling on the Bitterpan pan.

bird with nesting material

Ant-eating chat gathering nesting materials

four ostriches walking on a salt pan

Ostriches on the pan

Bitterpan has 4 cabins, a typical space, and the caretaker’s cabin. The frequent space sits within the center and there are two cabins on all sides of it, linked with a raised wood stroll.

The cabins at Bitterpan are very totally different than the opposite cabins on the different wilderness camps. The cabins listed below are only a small room with two single beds, a deck, and a small braai space. The loos are exterior the cabin. 

salt pan

View from one of many cabins.

wooden cabins on stilts

Two of the cabins.

a tent with two beds

The fundamental room on the cabin/tent

wooden walkway with the bathroom doors

Loos exterior the cabins.

The kitchen is communal, and except for every cabin braai space, there’s the primary space with a hearth pit that’s perfect for socializing with the remainder of the visitors. 

fire pit under a dark sky

Communal braai space with the views of the pan

Earlier than reserving Bitterpan it’s best to know that the cabins/rooms are solely a few toes from the cabin subsequent door, and the partitions are half canvas, half metallic. It’s best to carry earplugs if you’re a lightweight sleeper. 

 That is the proper camp to remain at if you’re in a gaggle (and if you’re fortunate to get all 4 cabins). If you happen to like privateness, this won’t be your favourite camp. 

There may be additionally a small hill the place the water tank is that offers you nice views of the pan. We visited on the way in which out as we didn’t wish to stroll in case there was a lion or leopard close by. 

Bitterpan camp view from tower

View from the water tank


The evening after we stayed, we have been informed by the caretaker {that a} leopard had visited the camp, and he was tremendous form to indicate us its tracks round camp. No person noticed the leopard but it surely walked by one of many cabins to get right down to the waterhole. 

two people walking on a sandy road

Trying to find leopard tracks

Leopard track with a hand net to it

Leopard tracks discovered behind a cabin.

A leopard track in front of cabins

Leopard tacks in entrance of the cabins

Additionally, that evening we had a household of lions stroll underneath our cabin at 2 am. We may hear the cubs calling each other whereas they walked by. We have been fortunate sufficient to get a brief video of them as taken by our path digital camera.


Tips on how to get to Bitterpan

To get to Bitterpan you’ll want to begin at Nossob camp.

The highway from Nossob to Bitterpan is a one-way highway and it’s gated. Once we went we have been informed that we couldn’t depart earlier than a sure time, I believe it was 11.  The highway to Bitterpan is simply 2h so I suppose that this was completed to keep away from having visitors arriving too early for the caretakers to get the rooms prepared.

Solely guests with a reservation and driving a 4×4 will probably be allowed to undergo the gate. When you’ve got a trailer, be aware that trailers aren’t allowed on this highway, however you’ll be able to depart it at Nossob when you to Bitterpan. There’s a spot in entrance of reception, however ensure that to inform them you left it there. I’ve additionally heard that giant 4×4 vans like Unimogs aren’t allowed on this highway both. 

Tent tortoise walking on a red dune

A serrated tortoise crossing the highway.

The drive to Bitterpan is nothing out of the abnormal, we had the great luck to see a Kalahari tent tortoise (often known as serrated tortoise) and have been additionally extremely lucky to catch two Widespread floor agamas preventing. Plenty of steenbok alongside the way in which, so preserve an eye fixed for these cute antelopes. 

two agamas fighting

Widespread Floor Agama preventing.

If you depart the camp you’ve a selection of two routes, each one-way. You drive to Mata Mata (67km) or you’ll be able to take the shorter drive (18km) to Moravet on the higher dune highway. Ask the caretaker concerning the circumstances of every highway. 

sign in the kalahari

There are two roads that depart Bitterpan

Please Notice

No store and no gas at any of the wilderness camps. Be sure you replenish at Nossob or Mata Mara. 

Deliver your individual consuming water.

No children underneath 12 are allowed at any of the wilderness camps. 

The identical gate open/gate shut occasions

That is an unfenced camp. 

A caretaker relies on the camp. 

No wifi or cellphone sign. If there’s an emergency, the caretaker has a radio. 

To e book your Bitterpan cabin, go to Sanparks website. 



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