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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park



+ 27 (0) 54 561 2000



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005


Size:  3,800,000 ha / 38,000 km2

Nearest major city:  Upington (3h30 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  69 Mammals        257 Birds        56 Reptiles

Big Five:  No


  • - Good predator-viewing given the open terrain
  • - Excellent birding at waterholes, especially good for raptors
  • - Beautiful desert scenery for great photo opportunities
  • - Great wilderness experience particularly on the Botswana side

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is unique and incomparable. There are few other places in the world which can match its huge size, epic sense of wilderness, variety of wildlife and wide range of accommodation and camping options.

Spread across South Africa and Botswana, this cross-border park is larger than most small countries, and contained within it are some of Africa’s last migrating herds of springbok and wildebeest, along with some of Africa’s largest populations of lions, leopards and cheetahs. Situated within the Kalahari Desert, the park’s seemingly monotonous landscape is defined by endless dunes, fixed in their position by the vegetation, despite the strong prevailing winds which blow in August.

Cutting through these dune fields are two ephemeral rivers – the Auob and the Nossob - which flow only every few decades when rainfall is particularly good. The park’s two main roads follow these dry river beds, as do most of the animals which tend to congregate around the 120 man-made waterholes which tap the ground water reserves more than 50 metres below. Along with the fences on the borders of the park, these boreholes are perhaps man’s only real influence in this massive conservation area – the rest of the park’s ecological system operates pretty much unhindered by man, as it has done for tens of thousands of years. It is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas.