Kgalagadi National Park in the Kalahari

The Kalahari and the Kgalagadi Park offers superb wildlife: desert-adapted black-maned Kalahari lions and cheetah follow the plains game.

Overview

The vast Kalahari Desert is a land of desert red dunes, endless horizons and huge skies. Here lies the Kgalagadi National Park which offers superb wildlife:  desert-adapted black-maned Kalahari lions and cheetah follow the plains game.

Kgalagadi means ‘land of thirst’ and this hauntingly beautiful region has a special appeal all of its own. The park is a trans-frontier park combining South Africa and Botswana. It covers a vast eco-system relatively free of human influence. So the park facilitates the seasonal migration of wildlife in search of water as well as free-roaming predators between the two countries.

In the heat of the day, desert-adapted black-maned Kalahari lions shelter beneath shady bushes, and leopards take refuge in the branches of camelthorn trees. It is also home to cheetah, hyena and immense herds of springbok, gemsbok, red hartebeest, blue wildebeest and eland.

The open terrain of the Kgalagadi Park is heaven for wildlife photographers and particular specials of the park are meerkats, the black-maned Kalahari Lions, birds of prey and sociable weaver birds: busy little birds who construct huge communal nests all over the reserve.

Accommodation is limited in the Park. You can choose between the various restcamps of Twee Rivieren, Nossob, Mata Mata and the Kalahari Tented Camp or the community lodge, !Xaus which offers interaction with the bushmen people as well as game-viewing.

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Why you may love it

  • Superb wildlife: desert-adapted black-maned Kalahari lions and cheetah follows the plains game.
  • Trans-frontier park combining South Africa and Botswana.
  • Heaven for wildflife photographers.

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Did you know
  • SizeTotal area of the park (in SA) is 38,000 km²
  • Visitors52,465 people visited the park in 2018