Map of the Area
- SANParks Addo Rest Camp
The Kgalagadi, simply put, is colossal. At nearly 38,000-square km it is larger than many countries and one of the largest National Parks in the world. An amalgamation of South Africa’s previous Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park, this park was officially opened on 12 May 2000. It was the first formally declared transfrontier park in Africa. Meandering through both countries, the Nossob riverbed unites both sides of the Park with the promise of life giving moisture. 2 of the 3 Kalahari eco-types are found here. The south-western part comprises duneveld, with its unique semi-desert vegetation and the northeastern part comprises Kalahari plains thornveld. The area also incorporates salt pans which play an important role in the grazing and life patterns of the game.
The large mammals, especially the predators, are always a major drawcard at Kgalagadi, the powerful black maned Kalahari lions, solitary leopard, sleek cheetah, majestic gemsbok, massive herds of wildebeest, graceful giraffe, hyaena, foxes, springbok and many others. To this glorious collection of large mammals, one can add the smaller animals, such as the mischievous suricates, ground squirrels, whistling rats, luminous blue headed ground agama and barking geckos. And, one can’t forget the thousands of sociable weavers with colossal thatched ‘apartments’, lappet faced and white backed vultures, the acrobatic bateleur, the tiny pygmy falcon and the large swooping martial eagle.
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