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The Safari In Kalahari, a vast semi-arid sandy savannah occupies much of Botswana and areas of Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari Desert spans 900,000 square kilometers in Southern Africa.
The dry environment is home to a variety of wildlife that has adapted to the desert and is of unmatched natural beauty—ranging from the sweeping red dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Conservation Area to the barren plains of Botswana’s Central Kalahari.
We’ve formulated a guide on the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. And, you’ll be able to experience a Kalahari Safari at its best.
In the southwest part of the Kalahari, there’s a park called the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is sometimes called the Kalahari Desert. The semi-desert can be described as more appropriate. The definition of a desert is a region with less than 255 mm of average rainfall, but the average for the entire Kalahari is a little bit higher.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park receives more rainfall as compared to a desert. The Kalahari or the Arid Kalahari is a more fitting name for this region.
The Kgalagadi was Africa’s first recognized transfrontier park! In 1999, the Kalahari Gemsbok Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana united to form one national park. In 2000, it became publicly accessible.
The Kalahari Desert in South Africa experiences occasional rainfall that occurs during thunderstorms (November to April).
The summers are unbearably hot, with average shady temperature readings of 107 degrees F (42 degrees C). Although it can get quite cold at night, the winters (June to October) are warm and dry.
People often consider winter as the perfect season for a Kgalagadi Safari.
Yet, summer can also be a delightful season to visit. Lush green grass and golden desert flowers suddenly transform the parks’ dry landscapes. In the summer, migratory birds also come to Kgalagadi.
If your identification (passport, visa) is valid, you may enter the park from any nation. And even use it as a transit point between Botswana and South Africa.
Border crossing points are the Twee Rivieren (on the South African side) and Two Rivers (on the Botswana side) gates. Contacting the rental car company in advance allows for picking up vehicles at Twee Rivieren.
Kgalagadi’s limited vegetation and the fact that animals frequently gather in the dry riverbeds. Mainly Auob and Nossob Rivers make for easy wildlife viewing every day.
Other Kgalagadi delights include smaller predators. Like the black-backed jackal and the bat-eared fox. As well as spiders, families of ground squirrels, and meerkats, whose antics keep travelers fascinated for hours.
Watch out for tiny falcons and the seemingly constant presence of pale chanting goshawks. The kori bustard is Africa’s largest flying bird, and friendly weaver. Two non-raptor highlights are the enormous nests that topple fully-grown acacia trees with their immense weight.
For lovers of self-drive safaris, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a wonderland. A system of gravel and sand roads crisscrosses its immense area, restricting some of them only to four-wheel-drive vehicles.
There are guided morning and evening game drives available at the three main rest camps and Kalahari Tented Camp. It depends on interest and personnel availability.
For those looking for the most genuine experience away from the main path, Kgalagadi offers five wilderness camps. They go by the names Bitterpan, Grootkolk, Kieliekrankie, Urikaruus, and Gharagab, respectively.
For safety concerns, children under the age of 12 are not permitted to remain in the wilderness camps.
The lodge pronounced “Kaus” offers accommodation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It’s targeted toward ecotourists and visitors to this remote region in the Kalahari. A distinctive location to stay, the lodge’s amenities include a cozy lounge with a fireplace, an art and crafts gallery, a sizable observation deck ideal for stargazing, a cool pool, and a hearty fire in the boma. It’s ideal for appreciating the beauty of the night’s solitude while staying warm.
There are three main rest camps in Kgalagadi, and each one provides a selection of self-catering cabins and gated campsites. Each of the three locations has a swimming pool, laundry facilities, and gasoline stations. And even campsites with electrical outlets.
The most isolated of the three main camps, Nossob has its own predator information center.
With 15 permanent desert tents, this is a luxurious camp. Each one includes a solar-powered kitchen, bathroom with gas-powered hot water, and ceiling fan. Kalahari Tented Camp features a waterhole and a swimming pool of its own. The Mata Mata rest camp, which is less than 2 miles away, is where you can get supplies the closest.
There are some tips that you should be aware of before your Kgalagadi Trip:
High-ground clearance and low-range 4×4 vehicles are advised, especially in the summer, even though they are not required on the main park roads. Keep a supply of water in your car in case of a breakdown and remain there until assistance arrives.
So, if you’re planning for a Kalahari Safari, you can’t go wrong in exploring Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It has an array of options regarding African Wildlife and Accommodations. If you have any queries/and, or suggestions, feel free to contact us on the following details-
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Finally, make certain to leaf through our guide to exploring Kalahari. And, in particular, going on a Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Safari. You’ll be able to discover the elegance of Africa’s terrain and its clear, blue skies while taking in the tranquillity of a Kalahari sunset behind the sand.
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