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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was proclaimed in 1931 mainly to protect migratory game, especially the Gemsbok. This park is located on the border between South Africa and Botswana and marks the coming together of the South African Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana's Gemsbok National Park.

Together with the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, this park comprises an area of over 3, 6 million hectares, one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world. The park consists of game life such as the Springbok, Gemsbok, Eland and Blue Wildebeest, as they roam the red dunes of the Kalahari. Shrubbery gives texture to the landscape where Camel Thorn Trees allow the majestic Black-Mane Lions a respite in the shade, while doubling as lookout points for leopards or birds of prey. Birds like sociable weavers and Pygmy falcons are present in the park. The park has different areas of interest, including the Auob and Nossob Riverbeds which are usually dry, but serve as excellent spots to sight game. The roads connecting the camps follow the paths of these rivers, and by following the dune roads between Kij Kij and Auchterlonie or Dikbaardskolk and Kamqua, it is possible to jump across from one river to the other. Another great spot is at Union's End, located at the northern extreme of the park on the South African side.

How to get there

Access to the Park can be gained through five gates in three different countries! From South Africa access is through the Twee Rivieren gate, from Namibia through the Mata-Mata gate and from Botswana through the Two Rivers, Mabuasehube and Kaa gates. Passports are not required for entry, unless departure is planned through a different gate into another country.

From Central Gauteng, Kgalagadi Transfontier National Park is situated approximately 250 km from Upington in the far Northern Cape and 904 km from Johannesburg. Visitors driving from Johannesburg have a choice of two routes, either via Upington (255 km tarred road) or via Kuruman, Hotazel and Vanzylrus (+/- 340 km gravel). Upington airport is the nearest airport to the Park and has car-hiring facilities. All guests intending to travel to Twee Rivieren, be it via Vanzylrus, must note that the gravel sections are badly corrugated and travelling at high speed is not advised.


* Twee Rivieren Rest Camp is situated on the banks of the Dry Nossob Riverbed. This main camp at the entrance to the park has a landing strip for light aircraft.

* Bitterpan Dune Camp is an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole.

*Grootkolk Camp is tucked away in the dunes, overlooking a waterhole, 20 km from Union’s End where the three countries South Africa, Botswana and Namibia meet.

*Kalahari Tent Camp is situated high up on a red sand dune, overlooking a waterhole in the dry bed of the ancient Auob River.

*Mata Mata Rest Camp is situated on the banks of the Auob River on the western boundary of the Park. The camp borders Namibia and is surrounded by thorny Kalahari dune bushveld.

*Nossob Rest Camp is situated within the dry riverbed of the Nossob. The camp is surrounded by savannah trees and is famous for spectacular predator sightings.



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