Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


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Unspoilt African nature

Written on: April 23, 2013   |   I visited in July 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 and unspoilt African nature. In true African style, visiting Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park during peak summer season will greet you with hot (sometimes extremely hot) and long summer days.

The dry Nossob and Auob riverbeds are two excellent places where game viewing is guaranteed. As predators and prey gather here, you are likely to find yourself viewing a lion gang making a killing. The park’s main roads offer self-drive accessibility to the riverbeds. The Twee Rivieren rest camp is located on the banks of the dry Nossob river, and is favored for its facilities (including electricity and the park’s only restaurant) and its proximity to the Northern Cape town of Upington. Nossob and Auob are also good spots for birdwatching. But birdwatching at Kgalagadi is much more than the average birder’s expectations – the birds of prey circling the sky, catching snakes, rabbits and other small mammals are not a sight often seen!

For the more off-the-beaten-track traveler, opt for staying at one of the Kgalagadi Wilderness camp areas. The number of visitors are restricted to eight people per camp and lends a more intense atmosphere of desert isolation between the Kalahari dunes.

Be sure to stock up on your choice of food and other supplies; the small shops at Twee Rivieren, Nossob and Mata Mata rest camps only offer basic and limited supplies. Water supply available for drinking and cooking purposes are safe, but many travelers prefer bringing their own supply as the water is salty.

Gear up for a visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, stay at least for a couple of days and you will be left in awe of the Kalahari’s beauty.
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 25, 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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(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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