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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
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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.
Getting There
The Kgalagadi spans the border of South Africa and Botswana and is accessible from both countries. The Twee Rivieren Gate is approximately 250 km (155 miles) north of Upington, South Africa. From Upington, take the R60 to Askham and then the R360 to Twee Rivieren. Of note, the last 60 km (37 miles) are on a gravel track unfriendly to low clearance vehicles. The Park is approximately 860 km (534 miles) from Gaborone, Botswana and whether you travel via Tsabong or Hukuntsi the last stretch is treacherous, 310 km (192 miles) on a gravel track and 171 km (106) miles on a sand road respectively. South African Airlink services Upington with direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. With prior permission from the park, light aircraft may land on Twee Rivieren's tarred runway.
Getting Around
Park roads are gravel and a 4x4 vehicle makes traveling significantly easier. Vehicles must travel in conveys of at least 2 on all roads in Botswana. Prior bookings are essential for all 4x4 routes, many of which are navigable in a single direction only. Travel is not permitted after dark. Night drives, day walks and a 4-day eco tour can be organized through the park's administrative offices at Twee Rivieren in advance or upon arrival. Of particular interest on the South African side are the usually dry Auob and Nossob riverbeds and dune roads linking the riverbeds from Kij Kij to Auchterlonie and Dikbaardskolk to Kamqua and Union's End in the park's northern tip. Rental cars, booked in advance, can be picked up at Twee Rivieren.
When to Travel
Summers (December to February) are hot with a daytime high in excess of 40°C (104°F). And while the Kalahari is an arid region, rain can inhibit travel within the park throughout the summer season. Winter (May to September) days are warm but the nights are often freezing making hats and gloves a must on early morning and late afternoon game drives. Bird watching is best in summer whereas game viewing is ideal in winter.
Health & Safety
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the malaria-free Kalahari Desert. In South Africa, malaria is a risk in some coastal areas as well as the provinces bordering Mozambique. Malaria is a risk in the northern regions of Botswana.
  • Malaria Risk Map
Hours & Seasons
The park's administrative offices are located at the Twee Rivieren rest camp and are open from 7:30 to sundown. Border posts are open 7:30 - 16:00. Park gates are, in general, open 6:00 - 19:00 in summer and 7:30 - 18:00 in winter.
Admission & Fees
A daily conservation is charged per person, per day. Overnight camping fees are charged separately.
Things to Keep in Mind
Travelers entering the park in one country and exiting in another should carry a valid passport and, if required, a visa for both countries visited. Border posts are located at Twee Rivieren, in South African and Two Rivers, in Botswana. A 2-night stay is required for access via the Mata-Mata entrance on the Namibian border.
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