Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana
In Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park two national parks have been merged and it occupies a significant area of approximately 38 000 square kilometers. The park is situated on the border of South Africa and Botswana and it respectively includes Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Gemsbok National Park.
Kgalagadi means “place of thirst” and the reason for such a name is the Kalahari Desert, which occupies a part of the area of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The history of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park dates back to 1931 when the danger of the wildlife of the area was recognized accenting the consequences of rather frequent and uncontrolled poaching. In 7 April, 1999 the representatives of both countries agreed on creating united park in order to preserve its unique and rich wildlife.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Camps
First of all, prior going to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park you should decide in which of the rest camps and accommodation spots you would want to stay. There are three rest camps in total – Twee Riviren Rest Camp, Mata-Mata Rest Camp and Nossob Rest Camp. Although they are decently facilitated, the guests have to keep in mind that they offer only the basic amenities and the service is modest. There you will find some laundry tubs and ironing facilities, content shops, a few swimming pools and ATM (only in Twee Riveren Rest Camp). The several wilderness camps (Kieliekrankie, Mata-Mata, Urikaruus, Grootkolk and some others) provide some rather authentic accommodation possibilities in case you are willing to be as close to the nature as possible.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Wildlife
The diversity of mammals and birds is the main attraction of the tourists, which have arrived in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. There you can observe such mammals as giraffes, lions, leopards, suricates, gemsboks, foxes and many others. But in case you prefer bird watching, the park will not be disappointment well, since more than 200 bird species live there – Black-chested Snake Eagle, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Red-eyed Bulbul, Pearl-spotted Owlet and Pygmy Falcon are just some of them to be named.
Morning and sunset drives or morning walks are available if you want to gain even more specific experience. The offer includes wide range of different trails such as Nossob 4X4 Eco Trail, Bitterpan Trail, Leeuwdril 4X4 Loop, Mabuasehube Wilderness Trail and some others.