On 12 May, 2000, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was launched between South African and Botswana. Over the years, a steady but growing base of fans from all over the world have been discovering the wealth of the Kalahari. And to celebrate, SANParks is giving away a week-long stay there. (See for details below.)
Entrance to the 38,000 square km park, which is 250 km from Upington in the Northern Cape, and 900 km from Johannesburg, can be done from South Africa, Namibia or Botswana. No passports are needed unless you choose to exit via a different gate. The main camp and headquarters are at Twee Rivieren.
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A semi-arid area of extremes, with little water and loads of stars, temperatures range from -11 C on a cold winter night to 42 C in the shade on some summer days.Because of the sparse vegetation, it is great for game viewing.
“It is especially renowned for predator watching and for the seasonal movement of large herbivores such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest. Ground Squirrel and Suricate (Meerkat) are two more of the park’s more prominent species.
“Both these ground dwelling species live in large family groups for added protection and can easily be seen throughout the park. Honey Badger (Ratel), Pangolin (Scaly Anteater) and Bat-eared Fox are some of the park specials to search for. But it is the predators that are the park’s biggest attraction. Excellent chances of seeing cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena and the definitive black-maned lion exist.
“Share your Kgalagadi images under the #Kgalagadi2020 and #TravelTomorrow according to themes to be shared each day. Ultimate grand prize = a 7 night stay in the park!” For more information go to SANParksHR on Twitter.
For accommodation, there is the iXaus Lodge, traditional rest camps at Nossub, Twee Rivieren and Mata Mata, and six wilderness camps.