Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Characterised by deep, red sand dunes and arid rivers, the vast wildlife preserve of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park sits in the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana and South Africa. This is the world’s first transfrontier park, where both countries have put aside any political differences to join forces and protect the wildlife that crosses their borders.

Spanning huge open plains that reach as far as the eye can see, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers more than 3.6 million hectares and is one of very few conservation areas of this scale left in the world. Despite it’s phenomenal size though, its location further away from most major routes has protected it from tourism and it doesn’t receive the same visitor numbers as many of South Africa’s other parks. Those who make the journey to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park will be rewarded with a truly wild and authentic safari experience. Large herds of animals can be seen making their way across the open plains and thanks to dry riverbeds, sparse vegetation and such a magnitude of flat, exposed space, viewing and photographic opportunities are excellent! Migrating wildebeest and springbok keep close together to ward off predators and the park is also one of the best places in South Africa to view migratory birds, raptors and cheetahs, which are regularly spotted hunting in the Kalahari dunes.

With extremes of climate on a daily basis, this is the desert as many imagine it; searing heat during the day with temperatures rising into the 40s, bitterly cold nights that reach freezing point and just 100mm of annual rainfall – many years actually experience less than half this amount! This is a serious safari for serious safari enthusiasts, but the immense silence, stunning night skies and genuine feeling of being deep within the African frontiers, makes it one that is simply unforgettable. 

 

Highlights

  • Explore the vast red dunes of the world’s first transfrontier park

  • Watch herds of migrating springbok and wildebeest keeping close together to ward off predators

  • Gaze up at incredible, star-filled skies that are among the best you will ever see while owls call in the distance

Jody
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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

Map of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park