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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
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Brown Hyena


Photo by Kalahari Safaris

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - place of thirst in SAN - is as rugged as it is remote. But it is worth the effort tenfold. Spot cheetah, leopard, hyena and Kalahari lion with its definitive black-mane. Watch snake eagle, bateleur, and variety of vulture, as well as the gabar goshawk, pygmy falcon and greater kestrel. Predators of every kind. View herds of herbivores - blue wildebeest, springbok, eland, red hartebeest and gemsbok - as they migrate across sparely vegetated landscape. Observe the intricate family structure of the ground squirrel and suricate (also known as meerkat). These mammals may be small but they offer hours of entertainment. Take in the endless horizon of red sand dunes. Snap artistic photographs of solitary trees and dry riverbeds. An African safari is about more than just wildlife. But what makes a safari in this first-ever Peace Park truly unique is the total lack of crowds. There are more than 3.6 million hectares of Kalahari Desert to discover and very few people doing it.
History & Culture
Wildlife isn't the only inhabitant of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park - formed when South Africa's Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana were combined in 2000. The San people, an indigenous people of Southern Africa, have lived off this barren land for hundreds of thousands of years. The San, a hunter-gatherer culture, are noted for their rock paintings and genetic ties to the Homo sapiens.
Maps are a great way to get the kids involved in family vacation planning. Plan your itinerary before you depart. Use online maps of South Africa and Botswana to locate a city, street or attraction, plot a route to a desired destination or study the country's political geography in detail.
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Get recommended readings lists for adults and kids and learn more about South Africa as well as the birds and animals that make their home here.
Music & Sound
South African music may be a coming together of ideas but it isn't the only sound you will hear. Listen to an elephant trumpet and a lion snarl and roar. Learn to identify birdcalls before you depart on an African safari or bird watching trip.
Local newspapers provide insight to local culture in a way books can't. Read South African newspapers online and brush up on South African current events. Get South African news and, in addition to discovering what South Africans are reading, find out what's happening.
Kids' Stuff
Did you know that South Africa is home to both the largest and smallest land mammals? Discover South African trivia and find fun facts about South Africa. Introduce your children to conservation and wildlife, test their knowledge, and play wildlife games online before you depart on a wildlife safari or bird watching tour. How many mammals can you identify? Print out a mammal checklist for each member of your family and challenge your siblings to wildlife watching competition.
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Wildlife conservation may be the principle focus of non-profit organizations in South Africa but it is not the only. Find out more about a few of the organizations involved in conservation matters ranging from South Africa's marine and animal life to cultural and natural treasures and the environment.
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Travel Trivia
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