The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Travel Guide

Map of Kalahari

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a unification of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park which was created in 1931 to protect migratory game such as Gemsbok, and the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.


With its amazing red sand dunes, scrubby vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob, a wildlife extravaganza unfolds just waiting to provide excellent photographic opportunities.


Herds of Gemsbok, Springbok, Eland and Blue Wildebeest follow the migratory seasons, closely watched by prides of Black-Mane Lion. Other predators in The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park include Leopard, Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena and birds of prey.


Kgalagadi is a haven for keen ornithologists, especially those interested in rare birds of prey.


The Kalahari is a place of extreme variation! It is an arid region with an annual rainfall of 200 mm, mainly between January and April. In summer, day temperatures may exceed 40°C, while winter days are sunny with night temperatures often below zero. Visitors should anticipate extreme heat during the day and extreme cold during winter nights.


Top things to do in The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park:


  • Go in search of the unique Game in the The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – namely: 

   - 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

   - Sociable weavers – the busy little birds construct huge communal nests

   - Pygmy falcons – the park is famous for its birds of prey. This is the smallest falcon in Africa 

  • Go on a Morning or sunset game drive
  • Enjoy a morning game walk (available at Rivieren, Nossob, Mata-Mata & the Kalahari Tented Camp)
  • Go on the Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail