Home to an abundance of wildlife and surprisingly few tourists, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is the ideal destination of choice for seasoned safari-goers and nature lovers.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is an enormous wildlife reserve straddling the border between South Africa and Botswana. It is an impressive joining of forces between two governments, to protect wildlife on both sides of the border – an historic agreement which created Southern Africa’s first Peace Park. The park covers an area of 38, 000 square kilometres and gets very few visitors, making it ideal for serious game-viewers.
The boundary between the parks in Botswana and South Africa have no physical border, meaning wildlife can move freely and ancient migratory patterns are not disturbed. The park is home to a surprisingly abundant array of wildlife and is quickly becoming a hot spot for safari-goers looking for an authentic experience of the Kalahari.
Within the park, there are only a handful of safari lodges, and most people opt to rough-it in the wilderness camps which only provide basic shelter and water for self-drive visitors. The few safari camps which have been built, are all set in scenic locations within the reserve and offer en-suite accommodation and guided game viewing.
In terms of wildlife, the park is home migratory herds of wildebeest, springbok, eland and hartebeest, which provide sustenance for the impressive population of predators in the area. These include cheetah, leopard, brown hyena and desert-adapted Kalahari lion. More than 200 bird species can also be seen in the park, and highlights include vultures, raptors and secretary birds. Meerkats also add to the entertainment in the desert.
The weather in the Kalahari is extreme, as you might expect, and picking the right time of year to go can make or break your desert safari. Extreme daytime temperatures should be avoided from November to February and exceptionally cold nights from June to August. A more comfortable climate can be enjoyed in the shoulder months of March/April and September/October.
For more information regarding a Kgalagadi safari, get in touch with our South Africa travel experts at Kiboko Adventures.
As we all hang in there waiting for this virus to pass some updated info from Kiboko Adventures:
March & April 2020 departures:
ALL departures in March & April have now been CANCELLED. It has become extremely difficult for clients to fly in and out of countries so we took the decision in the best interests of everyone to cancel departures for these 2 months.
All tours who were on the road have been stopped and clients re patriated.
May & June 2020 departures:
May & June departures will be reviewed as the situation changes.
1 month before departure a decision will be made and communicated to you.
Amended Cancelation policy:
May & June departures – there will be NO cancellation fees applicable. Deposits to be refunded in full to clients.
July to Dec departures – the 20% deposit will be carried over to a new booking for travel in 2020 or 2021. Should a client not travel in this period this deposit will be lost.
NOTE: these terms will be reviewed as time goes on and we get closer to each departure month without changes in the travel ban situation.
I am here to answer any questions and hang in there everyone – we will all come out stronger on the other side!