Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Straddled on the Botswana and South Africa border is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, an extensive Wildlife Reserve and Conservation Area within Southern Africa is a combination of two phenomenal National Parks that include Gemsbok National Park of Botswana (covering three-quarters of the Park) and Kalahari Gemsbok National Park of South Africa (a quarter of the entire Park).  This extensive National Park lies within the vast sand-filled basin on the western side of the southern African sub-continent referred to as the Kalahari Desert.

Covering a combined area of 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 square miles) and largely found within the southern Kalahari Desert, Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was gazetted in 1931 to protect the migrating wildlife especially gemsbok from being poached while Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park was established in 2000.  This Protected Area is where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of game, especially blue wildebeests, gemsbok, elands, and Springbok follow the seasons where camel thorn trees offer shade for the large black-maned lions and vantage points for the elusive leopards and numerous species of raptors.

  • The weather at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

The general weather of the Kalahari desert sometimes reaches the extreme with January being mid-summer within Southern Africa and the daytime temperature rising up to 40 Celsius Degrees whereas the winter nights are generally cold with temperatures dropping below freezing point with the extreme temperatures being -11 Celsius Degrees.

  • Flora and Fauna of the National Park

The landscape of this vast National Park mainly consists of red sand dunes, occasional trees, and scattered vegetation as well as the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nassob Rivers. These Rivers are believed to flow only once in a Century but waters also flow underneath thus providing life for camel thorn trees and green grasses thriving within the riverbeds.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is endowed with rich and varied wildlife species including migratory herds of large herbivores and mammalian predators such as the blue wildebeests, South African lions, Elands, Red hartebeests, brown hyenas, Cheetahs, Springbok, leopards, and spotted hyenas among others. The majority of the animals gather within the dry river beds and water holes. Not only that, this Southern Africa National Park is a haven for more than 200 species of birds such as the secretary bird, vultures, buzzards,  eagles, and many others.

  • Activities within Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Some of the interesting activities to be enjoyed by tourists who visit this National park include swimming, game drives, bird watching through some of the fantastic birding and scenic trails, nature walks, and hiking.

  • Accommodation Facilities within Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

There are only three fully-serviced Rest Camps with amenities such as swimming pools, shops, and air conditioning. The largest Rest Camp here is Twee Rivieren and features facilities such as an Information Center that is wheelchair friendly, a swimming pool, public telephone, a cell phone reception, and a shop as well as an a la carte restaurant that serves your meals from breakfast to dinner.

Additionally, there are also 6 wilderness Campsites within this remote National park and they offer comfortable accommodations and bathrooms but visitors are always advised to bring their own firewood, food, and drinking water during Camping.