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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Afrikaans name: Kgalagadi-vredespark

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Northern Cape

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a vast game reserve that straddles two countries. It is made up of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.

The South African portion of this game reserve occupies around 10,000 square kilometres with the rest being in Botswana.

Lion

Lions are often seen

Photo © Johan van Zyl

The park is mainly covered by the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert. There is not much vegetation or trees yet there is plenty of wildlife. Among the larger species that you may see are Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyenas, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Springbok, Red Hartebeest and Eland.

Over 200 species of birds have been recorded including many raptors.

On the South African side of the reserve there are three rest camps. These are Twee Rivieren, Mata-Mata and Nossob.

Roads in the reserve are not ideal and it is best to use a vehicle with some ground clearance and 4x4 capability.

Gemsbok

Gemsbok are well adapted to the arid environment

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Mammals of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Aardwolf

Antbear / Aardvark

Bat-eared Fox

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat

Blue Wildebeest

Brown Hyena

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Porcupine

Caracal

Chacma Baboon

Cheetah

Common Duiker

Eland

Gemsbok

Ground Squirrel

Honey Badger

Kudu

Leopard

Lion

Pangolin / Scaly Anteater

Red Hartebeest

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog

Spotted Hyena

Springbok

Springhare

Steenbok

Striped Polecat

Suricate

Tree Squirrel

Wild Cat

Wild Dog

Yellow Mongoose


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References and further reading

A - Z of South African National Parks - Author: South African National Parks - Year Published: - Page: 28

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 42

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 652 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 59

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 656 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 10

Country Life - Issue 212 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 79

Country Life - Issue 244 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 38

Country Life - Issue 250 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 58

Country Life - Issue 250 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 61

Getaway - Vol 31 No 03 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 54

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go! - Issue 157 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 48

go! - Issue 172 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 30

Insider's Guide - Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa - Author: Shem Compion - Year Published: 2010 - Page: 199

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 331

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 284

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 176

Wild Issue 32 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 10

Wild Issue 37 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 8

Wild Issue 39 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 8

Wild Issue 43 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 10

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