experience of a lifetimeCammspannen Private Reserve & Kalahari 4x4 Trail
Cammspannen is a privately owned and management of the Reserve has been taken over in 2011 by Dantes Liebenberg, experienced tour & 4×4 guide with more than 25 years of guiding experience and lifetime Kalahari experience.
Cammspannen is uninhabited, which give the visitor a feeling of freedom and space. Cammspannen can be visited in combination with the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This gives people the opportunity to see the unique wildlife of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in combination with a relaxed stay at Cammspannen with the freedom of movement only 65km from Twee Rivieren Gate.
Cammspannen is situated in the Mier area in the most remote part of South Africa, 325 km from Upington via Twee Rivieren on the R360. Cammspannen covers 12 800 ha of typical Kalahari duneveld in the Arid Savannah biome of South Africa. Its northern border is 01 km south of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’s southern border and in the west it borders on Namibia.
Antelope species include eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, springbok, grey duiker and steenbok. Carnivores include leopard, brown hyena, caracal, aardwolf, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, African wild cat, meerkat, yellow – & slender mongoose. Other species include aardvark, pangolin, porcupine & ground squirrels.
Ostrich, Kori bustard, northern black korhaan and secretary bird are common sightings. Bird of prey species include martial eagle, black-chested snake eagle, pale chanting goshawk, pygmy falcon, black-shouldered kite and greater kestrel. Owl species include spotted eagle owl, barn owl and white-faced scops-owl. Burchell – & Namaqua sandgrouse, chats, weavers, quails and various lark species are common.
4X4 TRAILS: 4×4 Trails totalling a distance of 90 km, including a few challenging dunes, run through the Kalahari Duneveld of Cammspannen. There are beautiful sunset view points on these 4×4 trails with magnificent views of this impressive endless land.
Private or Corporate 4×4 Tours can be done on request on any dates. Motorbikes and quad bikes are allowed on the 4×4 trails, but they have to stay on the tracks at all times. No vehicle or bike is allowed off the existing 4×4 trails. (See ‘Tour 27: 04 Kalahari-Mier-Cammspannen 4×4 Tour’ for more details)
HIKING: Clients are free to do unguided hikes.
GUIDED NIGHT DRIVES
Guided night drives can be done with the guide on duty. There is a chance to see some of the lesser seen nocturnal animals including pangolin, aardwolf, aardvark, porcupine and Cape fox.
BUSH CAMP – GROUP FACILITIES: The rustic Bush Camp consists of a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, kitchen sink, reed shade structure and canvass igloo tents with mattresses and or camping beds and flushing toilets and showers. Visitors can bring their own camping equipment, if preferred. The Bush Camp is accessible with off-road trailers and caravans.
TOURS AND SELF DRIVE OPTIONS
INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP SELF DRIVES: Cammspannen is ideal for people who love the Kalahari or remote areas and who would like to spend some quality time to get away from the hustle and bustle of today’s life. Cammspannen is uninhabited which contributes to the feeling of privacy and remoteness. Self-catering. Meals can be provided for groups of 10 or more. All self-drives will be accompanied by a Cammspannen staff member
FAMILIES DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Cammspannen is the perfect breakaway for groups of families or friends with children during school holidays. The children have the freedom of space to enjoy themselves while the parents can sit back and relax. Self-catering. Meals can be provided for groups of 10 or more.
GUIDED 4X4 TOUR: KALAHARI – MIER – CAMMSPANNE 4X4 TRAILS
Click on ‘Tour 27: Kalahari-Mier-Cammspannen 4×4 Tour’
Cammspannen is the ideal place to really get away from it all. Just to get there by vehicle is already a team building exercise with an option of three routes running through typical Kalahari landscape. By the time you arrive at Cammspannen you know you are somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Airstrips for fly-ins are at Twee Rivieren 65 km and on a pan near Molopo Kalahari Lodge 130km away.
Click on ‘Tour 27: 04 Day Kalahari-Mier-Cammspannen 4×4 Tour’
School groups can be accommodated on field schools. The program is flexible and can be adjusted according to requested activities. Small to medium sized busses can get to the entrance gate to Cammspannen, 500 m from the Tented Camp. Self/catering or meals can be provided.
Rates: On request
WATER: The Kalahari is a water scarce area and water must be used very sparingly. There is salt water available at the Bush Camp. This water is not for human consumption. Visitors must ensure they have enough drinking water for their entire stay.
FUEL: Cammspannen has no fuel supply. The small villages Askham 140km, Rietfontein 100km and Twee Rivieren Camp in Kgalagadi Park 65km away have fuel and basic supplies. It is recommended to fill up on the way to Cammspannen at one of these places and to have at least an extra 20L of fuel per vehicle.
FIREWOOD: Please note it is illegal to collect any firewood. Visitors must bring as much firewood as needed.
PRECAUTIONS: Visitors to Cammspannen must take note of the following:
COMMUNICATIONS: There is limited MTN reception on the dunes near the Bush Camp. Strongest signal is before sunrise. It is recommended to have a satellite phone.
VEHICLES: Only 4×4 vehicles are allowed on the 4×4 Trails. The entrance gate and Bush Camp can be reached in a 4×2 vehicle with good ground clearance. No sedan vehicles allowed. A 70%-80% shade net has to be used to cover the radiator of your vehicle when going on a 4×4 trail. When driving through tall grass, stop regularly to inspect the radiator and undercarriage of your vehicle. Remove all grass that is stuck underneath your vehicle. Always switch the engine off when stopping in dry grass.
We look forward to have you as our guests.