Camping at Rooiputs

We’ve camped at tons of campsites, 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 20 kilometers 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 neighbour about the day’s wildlife encounters.

Layout of Rooiputs Campsite

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 allocated 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

Rooiputs Camp GPS Point: S26 19.668 E20 44.307

Enter the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park via the Twee Rivierien/Two Rivers gate, Rooiputs is 20 kilometers north from this gate just east of 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.

Once you’ve made a booking, you will receive a booking voucher as confirmation issued by the Bostwana Department of Wildlife and National Parks.


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 and always assume no water.
  • 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.


Where do I check-in for Rooiputs?

Upon arrival at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park at the Twee Rivieren Reception, go to the Botswana counter on the left and sign the register.

Do I need a passport to visit Rooiputs if I enter through Twee Rivieren Gate in South Africa?

Only if you plan to exit the park through Mata Mata or Mabuasehube gate. If you enter and exit the park at Twee Rivieren, you do not need a passport.

Do I need to take a satellite phone?

This is a personal choice. The Kgalagadi has zero cell reception, the connection at Twee Rivieren entrance gate is not great but this will be the last place you will have cell reception. Camping with a satellite phone at wilderness camps such as Rooiputs does give you peace of mind.

What happens if I have an emergency?

In the event of an emergency contact or drive to Twee Rivieren camp, which is the nearest camp with an emergency radio. The staff will be able to assist and call for support if needed.

Do I need a 4×4 vehicle to visit Rooiputs?

Yes, a 4×4 vehicle is necessary to access Rooiputs camp. The roads in the park have gravel surfaces and in general, are not sedan friendly. It’s recommended to always travel with a 4×4 vehicle and 4×4 trailer/caravan when visiting the park.

Does Rooiputs have running water?

During our stay in January 2019, there was running non-potable water available for washing dishes and showers. However, it’s never a guarantee so always assume that there is no water and bring your own supply for drinking, cooking and showers.

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


Camping at Rooiputs - Botswana

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