Overview – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a huge wildlife preserve and preservation region in southern Africa. The park straddles the boundary between South Africa and Botswana and contains two bordering public parks; Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. Known all over for its game, huge, fenceless Kgalagadi is among the most popular parks for safari. The inadequate vegetation and the abundance of animals along its riverbeds and pans make for nearly unmatched game viewing. Most of the tourism occurs on the South African side, which has great accommodation facilities. The Botswana side just has extremely essential campsites.

  • Wildlife38 animals

  • High SeasonNever gets busy

  • Best Time to GoMarch to May

Pros & Cons

  • Amazing wildlife viewing experience
  • Great desert scenery and extraordinary photographic opportunities
  • Great place for Bird lovers especially raptors
  • Off-the-beaten-track and very little visited
  • Upmarket lodge and self-catering accommodation (South Africa)
  • Comparatively less wildlife than in Savannah reserves
  • Far away from South Africa's main tourist spots
  • Very hot and dry climate

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Wildlife & Animals – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi is a top pick with repeat tourists. The obvious desert climate and extraordinary predator sightings create exceptional photographic opportunities. It just has two of the Big Five: leopard and lion. The park has plentiful, diverse wildlife. It is home to large mammalian predators like lions, cheetahs, African leopards, and hyenas. Migratory herds of enormous herbivores like blue wildebeest, springbok, eland, and red hartebeest additionally live and move occasionally inside the park, giving food to the predators. 

Wildlife Highlights

Kgalagadi is well known for its large, black-maned Kalahari lions. Adorable ground squirrels fly all through their tunnels in the rest camps, and the nocturnal springhare is another creature that flourishes in the sandy climate. The big cats are effectively seen. Bat-eared foxes and brown hyenas are two of the more modest predators you may see, and exceptionally fortunate visitors may run over the slippery pangolin. The desert-adapted springbok and gemsbok are the primary antelope species.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

The best time for wildlife viewing in Kgalagadi is at the end of the Wet season, generally from March to May, when animals assemble in the riverbeds. Although, many may lean toward the cooler cold weather from May to September, generally speaking, wildlife viewing is acceptable consistently. The mid-year months from October to April are extremely hot.

Birds – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kalagadi Transfrontier Park has a list of around 280 species among which only 92 are residents. The remainder comprises mainly nomadic, migratory and vagrant species. A variety of raptors might be seen, the commonest being Tawny and Black-breasted (chested) Snake Eagle, Bateleur, White-backed and Lappet-faced Vulture, just as more modest species like Pale Chanting Goshawk, Gabar Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon and Greater Kestrel. Larks and Sparrowlarks (Finchlarks) are bountiful, especially after good rains which is likewise a fun opportunity to see seed-eaters, for example, Violet-eared Waxbill, Black-throated Canary, Shaft-tailed Whydah and Lark-like Bunting. Kori Bustard is common along both the Auob and Nossob riverbeds with Ludwig's Bustard being moderately common during summer.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Kgalagadi National Park is an excellent park for bird watching throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is in the Wet season from November to April, when migratory birds are available as well as resident species. The midday heat can be extreme at this time so cooler winter months from May to September are preferred which offer the best overall climatic conditions.

Best Time to Visit – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The best time to visit Kgalagadi National Park for wildlife viewing is during the end of the wet season from March to May when animals gathered around the riverbeds, the lifelines of the park. However, Kgalagadi gets extremely hot during summer that's the reason cooler winter months from May to September are the most recommended.

  • Best Time

    March to May

  • High Season

    Never gets busy

  • Low Season

    Never gets busy

  • Best Weather

    May to September

  • Worst Weather

    November to February

May to September (Dry Season)

  • The black-maned lion and other large mammalian predators can be spotted
  • Best time for wildlife viewing is in May month
  • Warm and mild climate
  • Warm clothes are recommended for the morning & evening chill weather
  • The sky is hazy with a lot of dust in the air

May to September (Wet Season)

  • End of the wet season is the best time for wildlife viewing
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Extreme Hot climate

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