Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of Botswana’s best-kept secrets. In 2000, Botswana's Gemsbok National Park and South Africa's Kalahari Gemsbok National Park combined to form this breath-taking haven, known as the world’s first Transfrontier Park. The result of a joint governmental effort to protect the diverse wildlife native to the two parks, the reserve spans 38,000 square kilometres within the southern Kalahari Desert, which is famous for its world-class game reserves.
Kgalagadi’s magnificent red sand dunes dominate the rugged landscape, and a four-wheel drive is essential for getting around. From the safety of your vehicle you’ll be able to get close to black-maned lions, leopards and cheetahs in their natural habitat. For the best possible safari experience, book a tour and head out at dawn or dusk. In addition to game sightings, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is also a hotspot for birds of prey. It’s home to over 250 bird species including eagles, raptors and vultures.
While the majority of Kgalagadi is only accessible by car, there are several picturesque areas where you can explore short trails by foot. To the east of the park you’ll find the Lesholoago, Monamodi, Bosobogolo, Mpayathutlwa and Mabuasehube salt pans and scrub vegetation as far as the eye can see.
If you visit in late October and early November you’ll catch migrating herds of springbok, eland and blue wildebeest using the Mabuasehube pan as a salt lick. This quiet part of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a great place to camp and you can hike to nearby watering holes where you’ll see a range of wildlife. On the park’s southeastern border is the Two Rivers area where the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob are located. Despite being said to flow just once a century, the river beds often fill with rainwater in the wet season, making them the perfect viewing spot for game watching.