While many South Africans are probably aiming to get into the much sought after Kruger National Park, now that lockdown has eased and interprovincial travel is allowed, give a thought to all the other parks, especially, while the cold weather hits Cape Town and Johannesburg, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that borders Namibia and Botswana.
“Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors,” that’s how South African National Parks describes its desert gem.
It’s 904 km from Johannesburg to Twee Rivieren gate, and 1,076 km from Cape Town. But then you enter a whole new world. There are traditional rest camps, wilderness camps and the iXaus Lodge. The night temperatures might get down to 2 degrees, but during the day it’s probably in the high 20s and low 30s even.
If it’s predators you want, the Kgalagadi has them.
“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.
“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.”