The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a wildlife conservation area located in the Kalahari desert, south of Africa. It’s the union of two national parks, the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, with a total area of 38.000 km².
Female lion devouring an oryx
Kgalagadi means place of thirst, which can give you an idea of how dry the landscape is in this region. The terrain is formed by sand dunes, a few plants and trees and the Nossob and Auob river’s beds. Despiste being so dry, a big variety of wildlife can be found in the park, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, wildebeest, springbok gazelle, oryx and eland.
Love between wildebeests
In 2010 I had the chance to visit this park and we were lucky to find the black mane lion, unique of the Kalahari desert. We also found severals females eating their prey very close from where we slept! These are some of the photos I took myself.
Black mane lions eating their prey
Oryx a.k.a. gemsbok
This is a video of a one day safari in the park:
As you can see, it’s a nice place to see animals and without being too crowded like Kenya or Tanzania 😉
How to reach the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Because of the service level, most of the visitors go to the park from the South African side. You can fly to Johannesburg airport and from there, drive to the park (904km) or take another flight to Upington airport and from there drive about 250km.
When is the best time to visit the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: The best months to go there are from March to September. But if you want to avoid the heat, it’s better to go from May and August. Remember that in the south hemisphere that’s winter!
Where to stay in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: There are several lodges where to sleep and also camp sites with good services and cheaper. These are some of the options:
Where is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: Here is a map wehere you can see the different areas and services locations of the park, you can click on it to see it bigger.
More information on the official website of the park.
Credit: Photos by Joseba Umbelina.