Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


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Cheetah hunting in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Cheetah hunting in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
About Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Parks total area:
38,000 km² (15,000 mile²)
Year established:
2000
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • Amalgam of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botwana’s Gemsbok National Park
  • The black-maned lion and other large mammalian predators
  • Seasonal migratory movements of large herbivores
  • 904 km (562 miles) from Johannesburg and 250 km (155 miles) from Ipington
  • Savannahs and grasslands, dunes and riverbeds

Located on the border of South Africa and Botswana in the southern part of the Kalahari Desert, wildlife conserve Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botwana’s Gemsbok National Park. Established as Africa’s first formal peace park in 2000, Kgalagadi is jointly managed by the wildlife authorities of South Africa and Botswana. The 38,000 km² (15,000 mile²) park—three-quarters of which lie in Botswana—is 904 km (562 miles) from Johannesburg and 250 km (155 miles) from Ipington, where its blue skies and red dunes chase the generally dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob Rivers.

Known far and wide for its game, large, fenceless Kgalagadi is among the best-known parks for safari. The sparse vegetation and the profusion of animals along its riverbeds and pans makes for nigh-unparalleled game viewing, and its open, barrierless terrain allows those who visit its savannah and grasslands to witness the predatory maneuvers of large mammalian carnivores (cheetah, leopard, hyena and the kingly black-maned lion) and spy the large-scale seasonal migratory movements of large herbivores (blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest). Birders have the opportunity to spy some 300 species of bird, including the flights and carrion-related fancies of many a raptor. Spotting closer-to-the-ground pangolin, honey badger, ground squirrel and meerkat rounds out the experience.

The park takes great care to support its conservation efforts by enforcing strict limits on the number of vehicles and people visiting, so planning ahead is key. 4x4 vehicles are strongly recommended (self-drive and mobile tours), and routes on the Botswana side require a convoy of no fewer than two vehicles (travel limited to daylight hours and on-road driving). If traveling from one country to another, visitors must stay in the park for at least two nights.

When to visit Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park  

Recommended winter (May to August) is cool and dry, with sunny days and cold nights; summer (October to February) temperatures can reach 42 degrees C (108 degrees F) in the shade. This arid region sees annual rainfall of 200 mm (7.8 inches) between January and April, with dramatic thunderstorms between November and April. 

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 26, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
I visited Kgalagadi on my self drive route from Cape Town to Maun last April. Visiting the park is a must for nature lovers. Being such a remote place and so little visited, it offers you the feeling of really being "in the wild". Staff both in the South Africa and the Botswana sides were really helpful and friendly. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 24, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2013.
Known as the "Kgalagadi" by the Khomani San (Bushman), as well as all the visitors to this park that is part of San Parks. The Kgalagadi has a beauty that presents true nature and sometimes in it's harshest form to visitors visiting this park that spans from South Africa into Botswana. The chalet's are well equipped, modern and clean. The camps like Twee Rivieren a... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 28, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2009.
Wow. Just wow.
One of the earlier parks on our overland from Cape Town to Addis, this park might have been peerless. The freedom of a self-drive park (they all were for us, but there was a greater feeling of freedom here, considering the density of wildlife) is unforgettable. We had lions with cubs pass within 20ft of us. Curious giraffes eyeing us up close. An en... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 10, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2010.
As far as animal viewing is concerned, you really can’t go wrong in southern Africa. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is absolutely massive and chock full of superlative wildlife. The list would be shorter if I mentioned what we didn’t see! Plenty of zebras, gazelles, gnus, lions and springbok, as well as hartebeest. We even managed to score a cheetah mum with cubs... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 23, 2013   |   Visited: Jul 2010.
The vastness of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier stirs the feeling of isolated semi-desert life. But your first game sightings will prove otherwise. The Kalahari lions, impressive gemsbok herds, cheetahs, leopards, and giraffes scatter this mega conservation park stretching across South African deep into Botswana. Visiting this park you are spoilt with true wildlife a... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 23, 2013   |   Visited: May 2011.
If your idea of heaven is to completely shrug off the material world and get into the middle of nowhere, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is just what you have been looking for - no cell phones, no crowds, just you and nature! This unique conservation area borders South Africa, Botswana and Namibia and is home to the fantastic Kalahari black-maned lion, among othe... read more

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Cheetah
Lion
Wildebeest
Jackal
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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
For those interested in the mannerisms of large cats—including the magnificent black-maned lion—and the migratory movements of ungulates
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