Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Visitors to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park can look forward to witnessing renowned South African game, such as the Springbok, Gemsbok, Eland and Blue Wildebeest, as they roam the red dunes of the Kalahari. Shrubbery gives texture to the landscape where Camel Thorn Trees allow the majestic Black-Mane Lions a respite in the shade, while doubling as lookout points for leopards or birds of prey.
This park is located on the border between South Africa and Botswana and marks the coming together of the South African Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana's Gemsbok National Park. Combined, this great getaway destination boasts more than three and a half million hectares of conservation land.
The South African side of the park provides for visitors by offering accommodation at three of the park's six camps of differing size and cost. These camps have facilities for basic shopping as well as providing petrol to visitors. Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossop are camps without fences, allowing a more intimate experience of the wilderness.
Areas of interest include the Auob and Nossob Riverbeds which are usually dry, but serve as excellent spots to sight game. The roads connecting the camps follow the paths of these rivers, and by following the dune roads between Kij Kij and Auchterlonie or Dikbaardskolk and Kamqua, it is possible to jump across from one river to the other. Another great spot is at Union's End, located at the northern extreme of the park on the South African side.
Five of the great attractions on offer from the park include the Gemsbok, the impressive desert antelope which distinguishes the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's emblem. The Meerkat families provide much amusement by displaying their complex community behavior, while the kings of the Kalahari, the Black-Maned Lions can be seen prowling their territory, or resting as the royal cats do under any shade they can find. For bird lovers the park showcases Sociable Weavers and their large communal nests, as well as the Pygmy Falcon which lurks nearby Social Weaver nests waiting to prey upon the little birds. Of course there are many more birds to be spotted, especially birds of prey for which the park is well known.
On the Botswana side of the park there are 4x4 routes which can be booked by enthusiasts; the Mabuasehube Wilderness Trail of 155km and the 257km Wilderness Trail. These routes offer an exciting and memorable exploration opportunity to visitors.