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Polentswa - Ta Shebube
in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Polentswa is located 222 km from Two Rivers along the predator rich Nossob Valley on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The camp is nestled amongst tall trees and dwarf scrubs overlooking the Polentswa Pan with its waterhole and exciting game.
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In contrast to Rooiputs, Polentswa’s accommodation is a classic tented camp capturing the romance of a nostalgic bygone era. A comfortable veranda screened from the next door neighbours allows every guest to enjoy the glorious Kgalagadi sky in the privacy of their own tented accommodation.
The camp comprises of six classic safari tents, one family unit and one luxury desert suite/honeymoon suite all built on raised wooden platforms and under huge canvas roofs that also encompass a private veranda. The tents are furnished with an enormous bed which allows for exciting and far sweeping views of the Polentswa pan, normally littered by antelopes in the early mornings. The Polentswa pan is also known for its magnificent sunsets. Each tent has a sleeping area, a desk, en-suite bathroom, and a surprising yet exhilarating outside shower open to the desert and to the stars. The family unit and the desert suite/honeymoon suite are bigger and allows for a small sitting area. The tents are not ideal for twin beds.
The main building consists of a spacious lounge area with a splendid view of the vegetated pen. Here the guests can either recline with a sun downer and a good book, watch the water hole and visiting game or merely contemplate the desert. In addition there is a viewing deck with a telescope, a bar, a dining room, a boma and a restful reading area. The main building is originally furnished to reflect the spirit and essence of an authentic tented safari camp.
A private concession area allows for exclusive game drives with sundowners although most game are found along the Nossob valley. There is also a bird hide.
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Accommodation, all meals, local beverages, 2 daily game activities, select transfers, park fees, bed levy and VAT
All flights and airport taxes, premium brand beverage’s, vehicle exclusivity, full day safaris, and items of a personal nature.
The Nossob riverbed is rated one of the best places in Southern Africa to view raptors particularly during the summer months when large numbers of migratory eagles, kites and falcons move through the park. Of the 80 raptors recorded in Southern Africa, 52 have been recorded in the KTP. Specifically, Polentswa is a haven for birders with migratory birds passing through the Polentswa pan, offering rich opportunities for avi tourism.
Apart from the 300 species of birds found in the area, antelopes and predators are plentiful at Polentswa as in the rest of the park with over 60 species of mammals having been recorded. These include the majestic gemsbok, blue wildebeest, springbok, red hartebeest, eland (the world’s largest antelope) and steenbok.
Predators are the area’s big attraction and include the black maned Kgalagadi lions, leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, jackal and wildcat.
The desert will always have challenges; one of these challenges being the availability of potable water supply. Polentswa water is critically limited and totally unusable in its abstracted form. The water is therefore treated non-chemically by reverse osmosis using pumps driven by a main solar system during sunlight hours, as no fuel operated systems are used. The potable water supply per 24 hours cycle with limited overcast is only 3800 litres. It is not possible to increase production as the borehole supplies are being abstracted at their sustainable limits. All guests at Polentswa are therefore asked to use water extremely sparingly and with considerable thought!!!! For the same reason there is no laundry facilities at Polentswa.