The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park straddles portions of both South Africa and Botswana. It is a vast area of Kalahari Wilderness that caters primarily for self-drive safaris with camping and self-catering facilities. There are a handful of exclusive wilderness camps dotted throughout the park, providing the solitude many safari-goers long for. The Kalahari is synonymous with exceptional predator activity, and the Kgalagadi will not disappoint. Birding is excellent, with raptors being particularly prevalent in the region. Most of the desert-hardened wildlife is concentrated along the 2 main dry river beds of the Nossob and Mata Rivers. Between these two river beds lie swathes of red sand dunes of the true Kalahari Desert.The Kalahari landscape is a great change from the usual savanna-based safaris of Southern and Eastern Africa.

Why we like it

Vast desert wilderness; Unique Safari Experience; Perfect for solitude-seekers

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size:
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Upington

Accommodation in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

!Xaus Lodge, Kgalagadi

!Xaus is situated in the dry and vast Kgalalgadi Transfrontier Park, which is renowned for its abundance of predators and birds of prey. This desert lodge is owned and run by the local Khomani San and Mier communities. !Xaus Lodge (the “!” represents a vocal click in the San language, but can also be pronounced as a K) blends into…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Bitterpan Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi

Elevated above the red sand dunes of the Kalahari and suspended in time is Bitterpan – an exclusive, stilted camp overlooking a waterhole. Bitterpan is situated in the center of the wilderness opening up a new 4x4 route through the Kalahari dunes from Nossob to Mata-Mata and the Kalahari Tented Camp. The water hole is visited regularly by a variety…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Gharagab Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi

Gharagab Wilderness Camp is located in the far northern region of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It provides guests with elevated views of the Kalahari dunes and thornveld savannah. The camp is unfenced, providing an uninhibited and authentic wilderness experience. Guests can stock up on fuel and other supplies at Nossob, where they also check in. Gharagab is accessible by 4x4…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

West Coast to Kalahari Safari Tour

The West Coast and Kalahari Safari Tour is an epic journey through the arid yet beautiful regions of South Africa's west coast. This part of the country is rich in natural beauty and is home to fascinating landscapes and plenty of wildlife. At certain times of the year (August/September) the region can burst into life thousands of colourful flowers blooming.…

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Duration: 11 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Wild Namibia Tour

Take an incredible 17-day journey through Namibia, Africa’s adventure playground. This is the land of unrelenting sun, where the ground appears to beg the heavens for rain, and the vast landscapes stretch uninterrupted for hundreds of kilometres without signs of man’s intervention. It is home to living deserts, where one gazes in wonder and amazement at the displays of changing…

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Duration: 17 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Species list

Lookout for

Honey Badger
African Wild Cat
Spotted Hyena
Brown Hyena
Meerkat / Suricate

Key Species


Pygmy Falcon
Sociable Weaver
White-backed Vulture
Pale Chanting Goshawk

Cape Cobra
Puff Adder
Barking Gecko

Camel Thorn Acacia
Sheperds Tree
Grey Camelthorn

Semi Desert
Open Grassland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 6
Mammals: 8.5
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 8
Trees: 6
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