Camping at Rooiputs

We’ve camped at tons of camp sites, some insignificant and some that are special.  The special ones are those we will return to every chance we get and Rooiputs is one of those camps for us. 

A firm favourite amongst Kgalagadi regulars, Rooiputs is an unfenced camp on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, only 20km from the Twee Rivieren/Two Rivers entrance gate.

Campsites at Rooiputs

Rooiputs is hidden amongst the red sand dunes and camel thorn trees with six A-frame sites scattered throughout the camp. The space between each campsite is plenty, enough to feel like you are camping alone in the wilderness, but also close enough to have a chat with your neighbor about the day’s sightings.

Layout of Rooiputs camp sites

KT-ROI-01: This site has a nice big tree for shade, and about a 30 meters walk to the shower shelter and long drop. Ideal for those with camper vans and big groups.

KT-ROI-02: Another nice site with a big tree for shade. Great spot for camper vans as well.

KT-ROI-03: Another nice site with a big tree for shade.

KT-ROI-04: Situated furthest from the camp entrance, this site as a nice open view of the dunes, but a bit of a walk to your shower shelter and long drop.

KT-ROI-05: This site is more elevated than the others with a view of small waterhole between Rooiputs lodge and camp.

KT-ROI-06: This was our allocate campsite. This site has a nice big tree and the shortest walk to shower shelter and a long drop.

Ablutions facilities include a long drop, outdoor shower shelter as well as washing sinks. Ablution blocks are shared between two camp sites. At the time of our stay in January 2019, there was running water (not drinkable) in camp. There are no trash cans, so you are responsible for removing your own waste. We burnt our organic matter in the fire, and all other waste we disposed at Twee Rivieren.

Wildlife at Rooiputs

Lion sightings within the Rooiputs camp is not uncommon. The camp is famed for the number of lions in the area and we can attest to this. We have seen and heard lions every day either in camp or at the Rooiputs waterhole nearby during our 3 day stay. One needs to be vigilant at dusk and dawn as this is the time when lions move around this most.

The camp has several waterholes nearby which can be visited on your morning or afternoon drives.

Male lion looking at a herd of Springbuck at Rooiputs waterhole

How to get to Rooiputs

Enter the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park via the Twee Rivierien/Two Rivers gate, Rooiputs is 20km north from this gate on the Nossob road.

Distance from:
Upington – 277km
Twee Rivieren Gate – 20km
Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport – 966km
Cape Town International Airport – 1073km

How to Book

Rooiputs is a very popular camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park therefore bookings need to be made well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP)

Alternatively, you can use a booking agent, we used Botswana Footprints for all our Botswana camp reservations.

 Need to Know

  • The camp is unfenced so be wary of roaming animals.
  • Pack everything away at night, hyenas and jackals love to scour camps in search of food and rubber.
  • The camp has no power.
  • The nearest fuel station and shop is at Twee Rivieren camp.
  • During the summer strong winds and dust storms are prevalent in the afternoons therefore braaiing is not always an option.

For more Rooiputs inspiration, check out Juba’s Journey video below:


Camping at Rooiputs - Botswana

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