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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi, simply put, is colossal. At nearly 38 000 km2, it is larger than many countries and one of the largest National Parks in the world! The park was officially opened on 12 May 2000, and is an amalgamation of South Africa’s previous Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park. It was the first “formally declared” transfrontier park in Africa. The Nossob riverbed meanders through both countries, symbolic of the natural “oneness” of the two parks. The combined conservation areas encompass two of the three Kalahari eco-types. The north-eastern part is made up of Kalahari plains thornveld, and the south-western part is comprised of duneveld, with its unique semi-desert vegetation.

The area also incorporates salt pans, which play an important role in the grazing and life-cycle of the wildlife. The large mammals, especially the predators, are always a major draw card at the Kgalagadi, these include the powerful black maned Kalahari lions, sleek cheetah, solitary leopard, majestic gemsbok, massive herds of wildebeest, graceful giraffe, hyena, foxes, eland, springbok and many others. In addition to the glorious collection of large mammals, there are many smaller animals to discover, such as the mischievous suricates, whistling rats, barking geckos, luminous blue headed ground agama and ground squirrels, with their built in shades. Twitchers are not left out either, with the thousands of sociable weavers who build colossal thatched apartments; white-backed and lappet-faced vultures, that lead you to a kill, acrobatic bateleurs, tiny pygmy falcons and large swooping martial eagles, all grace the skies above the park. Place all these wonderful creatures amongst the endless waves of red dunes, dry riverbeds and blue sky, framed by majestic shepherd and camel thorn trees, and you have the magic that is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park!

 
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