The national parks of both Botswana and South Africa are some of the best in the world as they not only have some of the most exotic wildlife of the continent but their landscape is an attraction in itself. South Africa has many parks like Kruger National Park which can provide the tourist with an exciting safari experience and similarly Botswana has quite a few options as well in form of Chobe and Okvango Delta national parks.
But if you want to get the adventure filled experiences of game viewing of both sides of the border then there is no better single national park then the Kglagadi Transfrontier National Park. The park was created by merging the Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park and South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. The limitless red dunes that create an impressive landscape in the park makes up the most of its terrain and the park is also rich in most of the Big Five Mammals of Africa. The Kalahari desert with its magnificent and majestic landscape and the large herds of migrating wildebeest, gemsbok and élans along with hundreds of leopards, lions and cheetahs, has always been a huge tourist magnet and the world class facilities provided by the park authorities have helped in increasing their numbers to an even higher level.
The Transfrontier National Park is a great place for the tourists who are visiting one of the two countries and wants to explore the other as well because the park has been used by the tourists as a transit location. If you are taking a cheap flight to Cape Town then you can hire a car from the city to take you to the park but there is always the local bus service available for this journey. The lodging facilities in the park are far and few and the ones that are present in the park are quite expensive, so if you are planning to spend a couple of days here then either camp out in the wild in the designated places or try out one of the may restrooms of the park.
The park is spanning on a wide area so it will be a wise decision to hire a 4wd from the park for the game viewing. Hiring a park ranger’s services can provide you with the advantage of knowing where to find the highest concentration of wildlife but you can always self drive and explore the park by yourself.
If you are already on the south African side of the park or you are planning to get into south Africa then the Augrabies National Park just a few miles from Kgalagadi can be a big attraction for you. This park took its name from the famous Augrabies falls which is the sixth largest water fall of the world. The thousands of gallons of water rushing down from a height more than 60 meters will be a memorable sight and we strongly recommend that you include a one day tour of Augrabies national park into your vacation plan.