Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


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Best game park for self-drive safari!

Written on: May 10, 2013   |   I visited in December 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. Just super! The park itself is really gorgeous, those red rolling dunes glowing a crimson red as the sun starts to set. The amazing thing about the Kgalagadi is that there are still plenty of indigenous communities who live here, which gives it a very unique feel, especially when compared to other parks where the only things you see is other 4WDs packed with tourists.

We entered from Botswana with our own truck, so didn’t need to stop at any of the lodges; we did take advantage of the free bush campsites, at least to replenish our fresh water supplies. I’m sure all the lodges would be very nice to stay in, but I do recommend organizing a bush-camp trip here if you’re game. Falling asleep in a tent to the sounds of howling hyenas is just mind-blowing.

This would have to be one of the last unspoilt parks in Africa and experiencing it sans the luxury of mod-cons is a superb way to really absorb this unique corner of the continent. You really don’t need a ranger to ‘guide’ you around the Kgalagadi, the animals just about jump on your bonnet so if you’ve ever dreamt of flying to Africa, renting a 4WD and going off into the endless savannah...this would be my top pick.
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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: 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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