Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park                  
On 7 April 1999 a treaty was signed that would link the Gemsbok National Park and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park under one unifying name - The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It was officially opened on 12 May 2000 as the first formally declared transfrontier park in Africa. The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was subsequently named the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. 
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park             
Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors... this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. An amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa (proclaimed in 1931)and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.

Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off to spectacualr advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Kgalagadi is also a haven for birders, especially those interested in birds of prey.

Special Feature
Gemsbok - these large striking desert antelope are the emblem of the Park. Suricate ( Meerkat ) - These hyperactive little omnivores have a wonderfully intricate family structure. Black - maned Kalahari Lions - physically impressive, they are the kings of the Kalahari Desert.

Wildlife; Blue Wildbeest, Brown Hyena - spotted, Cheetah, Bat Eared Fox, Gemsbok, Leopard, Giraffe, and Black Maned Kalahari Lions.
Birds; Bateleur, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagel, Gabar Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon, Greater Kestrel.

Activities
Lecture, slide shows and holiday programmes organised from the information centre at Twee Rivieren.
Game drives at Nossob and Twee Rivieren.

4 x 4 Trails.
Guided 3-night 4 x 4 eco trail.
Nossob 4 x 4 trail.


How to get there
The entrance at Twee Rivieren Gate is situated approximately 260 km north from Upington and 904 km from Johannesburg. Tourists from Johannesburg have a choice of two routes, either via Upington (60 km gravel) or via Kuruman, Hotazel and Vanzylsrus (±340 km gravel). Daily flights to Upington from Johannesburg and Cape Town are available. Light aircraft may land at Twee Rivieren if prior permission is obtained from the park manager. Rental cars can be booked in advance at Twee Rivieren.

Open Gate Hours at Twee Rivieren

Summer - 06:00 - 19:30
Winter - 07:30 - 18:00

Accommodation

On South African side of the park.
Traditional Camps

The traditional camps,being Twee Rivieren ( Restaurants ) , Mata-Mata and Nossob, are where most of the facilities can be found including shops, fuel, swimming pool and information centres. The new tourist access facility at Mata Mata is now opened. Use of this crossing is subject to sleeping over 2 nights in the park.
Wilderness Camp
There are 6 upmarket, unfenced wilderness camps, with special views and and different habitats; Kalahari tented camp, Grootkolk, Gharagab, and Bitterpan.
I Xaus Community Lodge
A 24-bed private concessionarie run lodge on the heritage lands of the Mier and Khomani San.

On Botswana side of the park.
Camping is available at Polentswa, Roolputs, Two Rivers and in Mabuasehube. A 4 x 4 vehicle is necessary to access the botsvana side of the Park. This must be booked at Botswana.

The above presentation of the park, is a contribution from © SANParks.org 2004-2009.