Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kalahari Explorer

Assuming that you are still looking at the map of Southern Africa and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Go a bit of down south, find the other large patch of green where Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa meet then, you are looking at the famous Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The Wildlife Departments of both countries, Botswana and South Africa, have united their nature reserves (formerly known as Gemsbok National Parks) stretching along the border under the new name of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) well known among wildlife and landscape enthusiasts.

 

KTP is significant with partially overgrown but also bare red dunes as well as desert-adapted animals – it is a place for the ‘Survival of the Fittest and Adaptive’ only. Twee Rivieren meaning ‘Two Rivers’ in Afrikaans is apparently a meeting point of two ancient ‘fossil rivers’, Nossob and Auob. They are mostly dry; however, they may become active after sufficient rainfalls between December and May.

 

Rain in the Kalahari usually features spectacular thunderstorms. It is a fact that Nossob and Auob flow beneath the ground while they look dry at the surface. Since there are waterholes (natural and artificial) every 7-10 km in both directions from Twee Rivieren, one towards Mata Mata (Auob Riverbed) which is one of the three major campsites at the South Africa - Namibia Border; and the other one towards Union’s End (Nossob Riverbed) via Nossob as the other major campsite within the Park. Nossob Camp is the diversion point of direction to KTP’s Botswana Side. Majority of parkland lies in South Africa while approximately 1/3 of land belongs to Botswana.

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