- Mata Mata
- Mata Mata
Farm Dispuut nr 327, Keetmanshoopdistrict, 9000 Koës
- Longitude: 19.974625
- Latitude: -25.748831
Torgos Lodge is located on the Western Border of Namibia adjoining the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The lodge is alongside the C15 route, 5 km from the Mata Mata border post.
Situated alongside the Auob River bed, the stylish main building (Lapa) is constructed from stone and thatch and has a lounge, bar, and dining area. Outside the Lapa is a large stone terrace, a group barbeque area (braai boma) and swimming pool overlooking a waterhole in the riverbed.
The surroundings are typical of the Kalahari region, the dry river bed lined by large camelthorn trees, red sand dunes and sparse vegetation. The lodge is within an 11000 Ha game camp hosting a wide variety of game, notably Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Springbuck, Eland and many more. There is abundant bird life including a breeding vulture colony.
Torgos Lodge is an ideal stop over for tourists travelling to and from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and an ideal destination for a few days of relaxing in the Kalahari. Activities include, game drives, unguided walks and bird watching.
There are ten accommodation units scattered amongst the Camelthorn trees alongside the Aoub riverbed. Each unit has two ¾ beds with white linen, duvets and an en-suite bathroom with shower basin, toilet and guest amenities. Luxury units have electric hot water geysers, whilst standard units have wood-fired boilers for hot water.
Luxury Stone Chalets
There are two of these units, they are built with natural stone walls and floor whilst the roofs are canvas covered with steel roof sheeting. They are air-conditioned and equipped with two ¾ beds each, chairs, wardrobe and tea and coffee facilities. Electric blankets are provided in winter.
Luxury Tented Chalets
There are four of these units, they are built with canvas and have a stone floor and bathroom. They are equipped with two ¾ beds each, ceiling fan, wardrobe, and tea and coffee facilities. Electric Blankets are provided in winter. One of these units has an outdoor kitchenette for self-catering with fridge, basin, gas stove, cutlery, crockery and utensils.
There are four of these units, they are built with canvas and have a stone floor and bathroom. They are equipped with two ¾ beds each, fan, wardrobe, and tea and coffee facilities. Electric Blankets are provided in winter. Three of these units have outdoor kitchenettes for self-catering with fridge, basin, gas stove, cutlery, crockery and utensils.
Waterhole: There is a waterhole in the riverbed adjacent to the lodge, where a variety of animals can be seen especially in the evenings and early mornings. The waterhole is floodlit at night. Sit on the terrace and watch.
Game Drive: Book a game drive and venture into the dunes in search of animals like Gemsbok, Eland, Wildebeest and Springbok. The game drive takes you through a 11000 hectare game camp which is stocked with a variety of game, included will be refreshments or a sundowner on top of a red dune
Seek Golden Oryx: Book a trip on a farm vehicle in search of Golden Oryx, a variety of Gembsok which has a golden colour variation. These antelope are bred as exotic game. Included in the trip is a sundowner on top of a high dune overlooking the Aoub River.
Unguided walks: take a walk into the veld from the lodge, either into the dunes or along the river bed. Here one can experience first-hand every detail of nature, from the birds and animals, to plants, seeds, animal tracks and smaller forms of life. Perfect for general photography.
Stargazing: Sit outdoors in the evenings, look up and touch the stars! The clear skies with no pollution or artificial light make the Kalahari one of the best places to look at the stars.
Swimming Pool: Relax and cool off at the swimming pool.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
A good day trip would be to drive down the Aoub River from Mata Mata to the picnic spot at Kamqua, where you can get out of your vehicle, picnic and make use of the toilets before driving back. There are several waterholes fed by boreholes which attract game. On this route one can spot, lion, cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, suricates and several other smaller mammals. Of the numerous bird species, one may see bateleur, white-backed vulture, secretary bird, martial eagle, pale chanting goshawk, ostrich, kori bustard and many smaller species.
Map and Directions to Torgos Lodge
GPS: 25° 44' 55.79" S / 19° 58' 28.65" E
The entrance to Torgos Safari Lodge is situated on the C15, 6 km from the Botswana border at Mata-Mata.