A Male Gemsbok
By - Andre Bezuidenhout
In His Prime
Waiting for a Moth
Lush Greenery
A Beautiful Lioness
Jackall in the Grass
One of the many Giraffe
A Ground Squirrel
Brown Snake Eagle
A Large Puffadder

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Some Interesting History

The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa was established on 31 July 1931 mainly to protect the migrating game, especially the gemsbok, from poaching. In 1948 an informal verbal agreement was made between the then Bechuanaland Protectorate and the Union of South Africa to set up a conservation area in the contiguous areas of the two lands. In June 1992 representatives from the South African National Parks Board  (now SANParks) and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Botswana set up a joint management committee to manage the area as a single ecological unit. A management plan was drafted, reviewed, and approved in 1997. The parties agreed to cooperate in tourism and share equally in park entrance fees.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation  area in southern Africa. The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana  and comprises two adjoining national parks: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. The total area of the park is 38,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi). Approximately three-quarters of the park lies in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa.
Kgalagadi means place of thirst. The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert.

The terrain consists of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, occasional trees, and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob rivers. The rivers are said to flow only about once per century.

However, water flows underground and provides life for grass and camelthorn trees growing in the river beds. The rivers may flow briefly after large thunderstorms, a cause for celebration among the wildlife, who will flock to the river beds and slake their eternal thirst.
A Storm on it's way
Relaxing in the road
Much needed rain
Some Birds found in and around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
By - Andre Bezuidenhout
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The weather in the Kalahari can reach extremes. January is midsummer in southern Africa and the daytime temperatures are often in excess of 40 C (104 F). Winter nights can be quite cold with temperatures below freezing. Extreme temperatures of -11 C and up to 45 C have been recorded. Precipitation is sparse in this desert area.

Within the park there are three traditional tourist lodges, called "rest camps". These are full-service lodges and include amenities such as air conditioning, shopping, and swimming pools. There are also six wilderness camps in the park. The wilderness camps provide little more than shelter and wash water; visitors must supply their own food, drinking water, and firewood.
Kgalagadi offers premium mammal viewing destinations anywhere because of the sparse vegetation and concentration of animals in the dry riverbeds of the Auob and Nossob Rivers.

It is especially renowned for predator watching and for the seasonal movement of large herbivores such as blue wildebeest, springbok, eland and red hartebeest. Ground Squirrel and Suricate (Meerkat) are two more of the parks more prominent species.

The Kalagadi Transfrontier Park has a list of approximately 280 bird species of which only about 92 are resident. The remainder comprises mainly nomadic, migratory and vagrant species.
On 7 April 1999, Botswana and South Africa signed a historic bilateral agreement whereby both countries undertook to manage their adjacent national parks, the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa as a single ecological unit. The boundary between the two parks had no physical barriers, although it is also the international border between the two countries. This allowed for the free movement of animals.

On 12 May 2000, President Festus Mogae of Botswana and President Thabo Mbeki  of South Africa formally launched Southern Africa's first peace park, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Some Animals found in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Welcome to Nossob
By - Andre Bezuidenhout
Kgalagadi Meerkats
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Desert Scrub
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