Kameelboomkoelte Chalets is situated in the heart of the famous ‘Kalahari Red Dune Route’ of the Southern Kalahari and is the result of a dream created by Erick and Nina Meyer.

In the tiny, friendly town of Askham, which is 180km North of Upington and 75km south of the Twee Rivieren Main gate of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is a perfect stay over for adventurous travellers, with many interesting attractions nearby.

Kameelboomkoelte offers accommodation in seven fully equipped, self-catering open plan, air-conditioned units/chalets (sleep 24 people) with braai (barbeque) facilities. Cool off in the large sparkling blue pool, soaking up the sun or simply lazing around. Kameelboomkoelte has a wheelchair-friendly Unit (Sleeps only 2) and Diamond T Coffee Shop is within walking distance for meals and curios. All meals can be served on site by arrangement.

We are surrounded by farms where we have permission for guided birding tours on foot or by vehicle. According to SABAP2, 68 birds had been reported in Askham including Lappet-faced and White-backed Vultures, Brown Snake-eagle, Rock Kestrel, Pygmy Falcon, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Lark-like Bunting, Black- and White-throated Canaries as well as various Owls and Goshawks.

Contact Details

Erick & Nina Meyer

Physical address: Askham, Kalahari, Northern Cape Region, South Africa
Tel: +27 76 991 2561
GPS Coordinates: S26°46’44”, E20°53’3″


Driven by a love for nature, PC and his family accepted the responsibility to conserve and protect the land that was entrusted to them. Now after three generations of traditional Karoo sheep farming, they would like to invite you to share with them the beauty and tranquillity of the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve(established 2015). They intend to share the hidden treasures of this arid landscape, and their way of living with you and to create an opportunity for you to experience the Karoo as their special friend.

The following accommodation options are available namely:

  • Guest Farm (sleep 18 guests)
  • Karoo Gariep tent camp (sleep 12)
  • Stoffels Rus self-catering cabin (sleep 4)

At Karoo Gariep Nature reserve we offer a variety of activities, from bird watching, night drives, a 3 day horse trail, fishing and mountain biking. Come and enjoy the finest the Karoo has to offer. To date the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve sports an impressive 205 bird species recorded. Do a self-drive trip or book an early morning drive with PC at new Holme. A bird list is available on the website.

Birding hotspots on site:

  • Hoppo Pool – only Hippos in the Northern Cape
  • Killowen Dam
  • Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve (See SABAP website for bird list)

Contact Details

PC Ferreira

Physical address: New Holme Farm, off the N1 between Hanover and Colesberg
Tel: +27 (0)53 643 0193
Cell: +27 (0)82 567 9211 (PC Ferreira)
GPS: S 30 57 01; E 024 32 52


Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD)is a consortium of like-minded associates who are business-oriented social entrepreneurs. TFPDWe are well-qualified with in-depth experience in finance, marketing, safari activities and hospitality management.

Working in Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Peace Parks, we are passionate about the development of a viable and sustainable tourism industry that balances the needs of the local community with those of nature. Our commitment is to the creation of a sustainable business model that becomes an asset for the local communities.

We develop and manage world-class, community-owned tourist destinations that benefit the local communities. Our tourist destinations and activities in Southern Africa’s Transfrontier Peace Parks are environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound.

!Xaus Lodge opened in July 2007 and provides luxury Kgalagadi accommodation in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for eco-tourists and visitors to the Kalahari. Our Kgalagadi accommodation comprises a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole fed with fresh water. Highlights of the lodge include a cosy lounge with a fireplace, an art and craft shop, a large observation deck prefect for star- gazing, a refreshing swimming pool and a heart- warming fire in the boma, perfect for enjoying the beauty of the silence of the night while keeping warm.

Contact Details

Marianne Marsh

Tel: +27 (0)21 701 7860
Fax: +27 (0)21 701 7870