Enter the true nature of comfort at Spitskop Nature Reserve and Kalahari Monate Lodge, where the...
Enter the true nature of comfort at Spitskop Nature Reserve and Kalahari Monate Lodge, where the fusion of nature and hospitality is unequalled. You are welcomed to a reserve which, in essence, is a fine example of the famous Kalahari Desert. The reserve is situated 13 km north of Upington, en route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and measures 5641 hectares. It derives its name from a prominent steep rocky hill close to the entrance.
According to archaeologists, Spitskop was formed by the earth’s crust being eroded away and after many, many years only the harden rock remained, based on the fact that it is granite. This beacon from the earth has been a landmark used by all since the first nomadic travellers, and on a clear day, can be seen from up to 40 km away.
Kalahari Monate Lodge is situated just across from the entrance to Spitskop Nature Reserve. This new lodge consists of six luxurious self-catering, fully furnished chalets with air-conditioning, as well as camping facilities with very neat ablution blocks. There is also a swimming pool for guests to cool off in. Barbecue and camping facilities with ablution blocks can be found in the camping ground, and the lodge also offers two thatched lapas and a small kiosk.
Kalahari Monate Lodge offers an abundance of birdlife for bird enthusiasts. There are also various game species in the area, including gemsbok, springbok, zebra, eland, steenbok, wildebeest, camel, suricate, and ostrich. A telescope on the hill allows guests to view wildlife or enjoy the landscape. There is 37 km of gravel road through the park if you wish to go on a self-drive game-viewing trip, and three hiking trails are also available.