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Kgalagadi Park, which covers an area of roughly 3.6 million hectares and is located in the Kalahari desert region of Botswana and South Africa, is one of the largest conservation areas in the world. It is a combination of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. The park’s red-gold dunes are sparse and desolate, yet they are interspersed with shrubs, white grasses, and numerous thorn trees that offer refuge to the different plants and animals that live there. The black-maned Kalahari lions give the transfrontier park its name. Other animals including the leopard, spotted and brown hyena, cheetah, cape fox, and bat-eared fox will also be visible to you.
Location: South-East Botswana
Nearest International Airport: Maun
How to reach: By road or chartered flight from Maun
Famous for: Stark Kalahari landscapes, wildlife
Best time to visit: Mar to Oct
WHAT TO SEE
Mammals: Black-maned Kalahari lions, leopards, Springbok, Gemsbok, Ground Squirrels, Suricates, Springhare, Bat-eared Fox, Brown Hyena, Pangolin
Birds: Bateleur, Double-banded Courser, Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle
The vast sand and brushy Kgalagadi Park is located between Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. It is a desert with high dunes and one of the largest stretches of sand on the entire planet. The red sand dunes, limited flora, and dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob combine to create absolutely magnificent desert vistas. Both the Nossob and Auob rivers, which have their headwaters in Namibia’s Anas Mountains, briefly flow after receiving unusually significant rainfall. The red sand dunes turn bright orange as the sun sets. Driving sedan cars, quad bikes, or motorbikes inside the park is not advised due to the gravelly surfaces of the roadways.
The marvelous wildlife of Kgalagadi National Park
The Kgalagadi Park, renowned for its excellent predator sightings, offers tourists the chance to take pictures of some of the most stunning and unique species on earth. The black-maned Kalahari lion is the desert’s main draw. In the desert, in addition to the Kalahari lions, you can see ground squirrels, suricates, and springhares. In the national park, you might see brown hyenas, bat-eared foxes, gemsbok, and springbok.
Camping/Lodging options at Kgalagadi National Park
The national park contains numerous unfenced wilderness campgrounds that allow visitors to explore the park’s natural splendor. Both the bitter pain wilderness camp and the Mata-Mata rest camp provide great accommodations for travelers. All visitors are provided with access to a bathroom, refrigerator/freezer, kitchen, and dining utensils at these campgrounds. Although there are no standard plugs within the camp, solar panels put there provide lighting and hot water for showers. Twee – Rivieren, Mata – Mata, Nossob, Grootkolk, Gharagab, Kylie Krankie, Urakuruus, and Xaus Lodge are more places to visit.