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10 Tips for Visiting the Kgalagadi

10 Tips for Visiting the Kgalagadi
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Africa’s first Peace Park, fuses the boundaries of South Africa and Botswana for conservation. Here are ten tips to make your journey into this Kalahari haven stress-free…

Words and Pictures: Ron Swilling


  • Deflate tyres to 1.6 bars as the road becomes progressively sandier as you travel northwards.
  • The best times for animal sightings are in the early mornings in summer, and afternoons in winter.
  • Travelling within the park speed limit of 50km/hour with stops for animal sightings is slow going. Plan accordingly.
  • The camps are often fully booked, so ensure that you make reservations in advance, especially for Mata Mata.
  • If you are planning to travel from South Africa into Namibia, you are required to spend at least two nights in the park.
  • Don’t forget your passport.
  • Things to bring along: a bird book, binoculars and a star guide.
  • The official Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park information guide (sold at the shops) is a good source of general information about the history and flora and fauna of the park.
  • It’s worthwhile to look at the animal sightings’ board at the three main camps (Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob) to see what has recently been sighted and where.
  • Most importantly, stop often, drive slowly and savour this special pocket of the Kalahari!

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