Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was Africa’s first cross-border park, a combination of South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park.
The park is part of the Kalahari Desert, about 38,000 square kilometers in size and partly located in the Northern Cape province. The landscape includes sand dunes that are sparsely covered with grass and plains with camel thorn trees.
The sand dunes provide beautiful photos when the sun rises or sets and the sand dunes turn from yellow-brown to orange to deep red.
The Auob River last flowed in 1974 and the Nossob River in 1964. Water flows underground here, allowing for vegetation. Wells have been dug to bring water to the surface and these waterholes attract large numbers of wildlife.
You will find small game such as meerkats, ground squirrels and many reptiles here. Larger game that lives in the park include: wildebeest, gemsbok, springbok, ostriches, moose, red hartebeasts, leopards, jackals, hyenas and the Kalahari lion with its black moon hair.
Kgalagadi offers you first-class viewing pleasure, great visibility through the little vegetation and the concentration of plant and animal life mainly takes place along the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob and water places. It is very special if you spot the rattle, the pangolin or the bat-eared fox.
Temperatures here vary considerably. Ranging from -11 ° C on cold winter nights to 42 ° C in the shade on summer days. The ground surface then reaches the hissing temperature of 70 ° C. Winter in the Kalahari is cool and light frost is then normal, the dry season is from September to October followed by the warm wet season from November to April. In these months, a violent thunderstorm can occasionally occur.
– The main camp of the park is Two Rivers, here you can book game drives and walks. Office hours: 7:30 am to sunset.
– Please note that the roads in Kgalagadi National Park are not sedan friendly. A 4 × 4 vehicle is highly recommended. Distances in the park are long and speed limits apply. Please take this into account when planning your trip, you must arrive at your camp or leave the park before sunset
-If you use a different entrance and exit of the park, you are obliged to stay in the park for 2 nights. You must complete all (immigration) papers at Twee Rivieren.
– You will find petrol stations at Mata Mata, Twee Rivieren and Nossob. In Mata Mata, Nossob and Twee Rivieren camp there is a shop for basic needs, only at Twee Rivieren there is a credit card machine. Twee Rivieren also has a restaurant and public telephones. There are swimming pools at Two Rivers, Kalahari Tent Camps, Mata Mata and Nossob camp.
There is a Hiding spot (shelter) at the watering place of Mata Mata and Nossob camp to observe animals in peace. Bitterpan, Grootkolk, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus, Gharagab and Kalahari Tented camp all have a water place for the animals.
– At the Camps there is water, but it is very rich in minerals and may have a different taste, at the Wildernis Camps you must provide your own drinking water. It is recommended to have an emergency supply of water in your car of 10 liters.
– Especially on summer evenings it is important to wear shoes because of scorpions.
Conservation Fees: The South African National Parks Board has set a daily entrance fee (entrance fee) for all individual SAN parks. If you are going to visit multiple SAN parks in South Africa, it might be worth purchasing a Wildcard.
Accommodation: There are different types of Camps, all not fenced but guarded by Rangers! You can stay in chalets or in tents. Children under 12 are not allowed in the Wilderness Camps.
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