While on a South Arica safari, you’ll hardly find a more fascinating region than the Kgalagadi… The dry rivers beds from the Nossob River and Auob Riverare always empty unless a thunderstorm causes them to flow temporarily.
Despite its arid appearance water does flow under the riverbeds, feeding that grass and sparse tress along the river banks, which then provide shelter and nourishment for some of the Kgalagadi animals.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park consists of national parks found in two different countries – South Africa and Botswana. While only a quarter of the total park lies in South Africa, it’s still a worthwhile destination while on safari, as it offers a huge area for game watching and safari drives.
Some parts of the park can be reached by a normal car, but a lot of the area is dry and unstable, there making a South African safari in a 4×4 a better suited experience.
The Transfontier Park’s main goal when it was established was to protect the gemsbok, and allow them to live and breed in safety. Since then it’s grown to become a destination of choice for tourists on a South African safari who wish to witness a unique and unforgettable landscape.
Deriving its name from the Makgadikgadi Pans, with Kgalagadi meaning “thirst land”, the Park is home to a wide selection of wildlife such as the black manned Kalahari lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, blue wildebeest springbok, eland, hartbeest, eagles, and many more. And our guides take a great pleasure in being able to show you these animals, while providing you with fascinating information about them to enrich your South African safari an ensure you have photos to take home that are worth showing around!
The Kgalagadi Transfontier Park suffers from extreme weather, with high heat during the day in summer and extreme cold during the day and night in winter. Because of these extreme fluctuations, the best time to travel to the area during a South African safari would be between March and May.
Read about our South African safaris that include the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park, or continue to read about some of the other South African attractions that you may want to visit during your safari with us!