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Kalahari Gemsbok National Park

 
 
 

The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is located between the borders of Namibia and Botswana. The park covers an area of a little less than 10,000 square kilometres. The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and the adjacent Gemsbok National Park of Botswana together occupy as much as 36,000 square kilometres. Since there is no barrier separating the two parks, the animals move freely from park to park.

The Nossob and the Auob - the two major rivers in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park - flow very rarely. Two of the three roads open to the public form these rivers' courses. One can rent huts with fully equipped kitchens (air conditioning is available only at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp) and there are camping sites. Facilities in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park include an extensive network of game viewing roads, picnic sites, shops selling groceries (fresh meat and eggs are only available at Twee Rivieren), and a swimming pool (at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp). Wildlife in this park, which is open throughout the year, includes antelopes such as the eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest and springbok. The park is also home to the lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted and brown hyena, black-backed jackal and about 215 bird species.

Mile upon mile of rolling rust-red sand dunes, solitary trees and scattered grasses. For lovers of the ambience of untamed Africa, this hauntingly beautiful region has a special appeal all of its own. The Kalahari Desert is a part of the largest continuous area of sand in the world. Its sand plains cover nine African countries: Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (in the north), Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe (in the centre), Botswana, Namibia and South Africa (in the south). The area covers approximately 2,5 million square kilometres and the sand is sometimes well over 100 metres deep.

Today, the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park forms Africa's first transfrontier park with the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, facilitating the seasonal migration of wildlife in search of water, and the movement of free-roaming predators. The new 38000 km2 park, known as Kgalagadi ('land of thirst'), represents an increasingly rare phenomenon in the world: a vast ecosystem relatively free of human influence.
The ultimate game viewing experience is to watch thousands of antelope gallop as one across the sands. Roads skirt the dry beds of the Nossob and Auob rivers and the relatively barren terrain ensures superb opportunities for observation and photography.

The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park is also one of the finest areas in South Africa for viewing birds of prey. In the heat of the day, black-maned Kalahari lion’s shelter beneath shady bushes and leopards take refuge in the branches of camel thorn trees, while visitors may cool off in the pool at Twee Rivieren or enjoy a refreshing drink in the restaurant.

 

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