Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large park and conservation area located in both Botswana and South Africa. The park is a peace park formed from the combination of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, established in 1931 in South Africa, and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, established in 1932. In May of 2002, both parks came together to collectively form Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, a park without any inside barriers, allowing visitors to cross over the Botswana and South Africa boundaries freely within the park.
The initial purpose of both conservancies before forming together was to protect and conserve the wildlife found in both parks, primarily the gemsbok for which both original parks had acquired their names. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in its entirety stretches a massive 38,000 sq. km with one-third of the park located on South African land and two-thirds being located in Botswana.
The park’s landscape is very sparse aside from the camel thrown trees that dot the landscape, the terrain is barren as it is located in the Southern area of the Kalahari Desert. Although the region experiences extreme temperatures of both highs and lows, a large population of animals does exist within the park and they are well-adapted to the harsh desert climate. Animals such as cheetah, hyena, leopard, wild dog, wildebeest, springbok and of course gemsbok occupy the park, along with roughly 200 bird species. Along with game drives, visitors can also take part in hiking, 4×4 trails and swimming within the park.
lies in a large sand-filled basin in the west of the southern African subcontinent, known as the Kalahari Desert
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You’ll almost certainly spot black-maned Kalahari lions and maybe even a leopard, but leave your ‘Big Five’ notions at home as there are no elephant, rhino or buffalo here. Rather, take pleasure in birds of prey, cheetah, hyena, honey badger, bat-eared fox, meerkat and small creatures like whistling rats and barking geckos.
You can see plenty of wildlife without a guide, because of sparse vegetation and concentrated animal populations. So Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park can be the safari expedition you are dreaming of.
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