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KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK

The Kgalagadi National Park comprises an area of over 2.5 million sq km and is the first transfrontier national park to be formed in Africa.  Previously known at the Gemsbok National Park, it is located in the South Western part of Botswana, spilling into South Africa.  The park is the result of merging the Kalahari Gemsbok Parks in Botswana and South Africa. The Mabuasehube has been incorporated into the Eastern Botswana side of the park. The word Kgalagadi means ‘land of thirst’ and is characterized by huge, desert landscapes with dry riverbeds and sparse vegetation.  Part of the Kalahari Desert is in the Kgalagadi.  The Kalahari Desert is the largest continuous area of sand in the world. The Park is renowned for predator watching and is home to the black maned Kalahari lion.  The lions within the park have to survive in very harsh conditions and therefore have to adopt tactics in order to survive.  This includes feeding on smaller than usual prey. Other predators such as leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, wild dog and black backed jackals can be seen.  Plains game of gemsbok, blue wildebeest, eland, springbok, red hartebeest, duiker and steenbok are also resident. 

The birdlife varies according rainfall in this area.  Around 260 bird species have been recorded and the birds of prey are of particular interest.  After the sudden transformation of the park after a thunderstorm, there is a wide selection of water birds.  More than 50% of birds are vagrants or irregular visitors.  After good rains temporary birds may include large flocks of storks, flamingo, ducks, fluff tails, and sandpipers.

Accessiblity
Access to the park from Botswana is not that easy, the only access being through the former Mabuasehube National Park. Access from the South African side is from the Southern Gate at Twee Rivieren.  In order to access the park, you will need to drive in 4x4 vehicles. The park is approximately 860 kilometers from Gaberone and will take approximately 7 hours to drive to Mabuasehube.  On the South African side, access is 250 kilometers from Upington. If coming from Tshane or Tsabong in Botswana, access is gained in the North via Kaa gate or in the North East at Mabuesehube gate.  

If you want to stay in the Mabuasehube area of the park, you can enter Botswana at any one of the 4 border posts (Gemsbok, Middlputs, McCarthy’s Rest or Bray) along the Southern boundary.  You must then travel via Tsabong and then 110km north from Tsabong to Mabuasehube.  If you are not coming from the South and are traveling from the North, then this area can be accessed via Hukuntsi.  Please note that a 4x4 vehicle is required for this road.

Accommodation
1. Lesholoago Pan has 1 Camp Site with pit latrine and 1 Camp site without and small waterhole.

2. Two Rivers Camping Ground is situated near entrance gate and has 3 undeveloped camp sites

3. Mabuasehube Area is situated in the East of the National Park and has a few individual camp sites overlooking the pan.

4. Rooiputs Camping Ground is located 25 km up the Nossob River Valley from the entrance gate with 6 undeveloped camp sites. 

5. Khiding Pan has 2 Camp Sites with pit latrines.
 
6. Poletscua Camping Ground is situated in the Northern section of the Nossob Valley with 3 undeveloped camp sites  

7. Mpaathuthva Pan has 2 Camp Sites with pit latrines and small waterhole.             

8. Mabuasehube Pan has 4 Camp Sites with pit latrines and small waterhole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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