Skip to content

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


Please note:
  • Construction work will commence at Nossob during January 2015 with the development of new riverfront chalets and luxury camping sites as well as the replacement of the camping site ablution facility. According to planning the construction work will take place over a period of 14 months.
  • The new camping site ablution facility at Mata Mata was placed in operation and the old ablution facility will soon be demolished.
  • There is currently construction work underway at Mata-Mata Rest Camp due to the building of additional units. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors... this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park.

An amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa (proclaimed in 1931)and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.

Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob show antelope and predator species off to spectacular advantage and provide excellent photographic opportunities. Kgalagadi is also a haven for birders, especially those interested in birds of prey.

5 things to seek

  • Gemsbok – these large striking desert antelope are the emblem of the park.
  • Suricate (Meerkat) – these hyperactive little omnivores have a wonderfully intricate family structure.
  • Black-maned Kalahari Lions – Physically impressive, they are the kings of the Kalahari Desert. Article: Lions of the Kgalagadi by Lara Raubenheimer
  • Sociable weavers – the busy little birds construct huge communal nests.
  • Pygmy falcons – the park is famous for its birds of prey. This is the smallest falcon in Africa and is often seen around Sociable Weaver colonies preying on the birds.

Important Notes

  • Tourists travelling from and to Namibia and/or Botswana, please acquaint yourself with the Customs procedures for the transportation of goods between South Africa, Namibia and Botswana that is available on the SARS website at
  • No foreign currencies will be accepted in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) on the South African side, only ZAR (South African Rand) will be accepted within the KTP.
  • Kindly note that the roads in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are not sedan friendly, although the roads are maintained on a monthly basis, sedan vehicles find it difficult to cope with the conditions. Vehicles which will be using any of the 4x4 routes in the park must note that the recommended ground clearance should be 190mm, to make the drive more enjoyable.
  • Tourists wanting to exit the park other than the point of entry must kindly note that all immigration controls must be done at Twee Rivieren / Two Rivers, and that a 2 night stay in the park is compulsory.
  • No children under the age of 12 is allowed at any of the park’s Wilderness camps.
  • Please also note that no firearms or wood will be cleared via the Mata Mata border control. Individuals wishing to clear firearms or wood should do so via Rietfontein border control.

Read about Our Camps

View the dropdown box below to see the parks where promotions are currently available.

Car Choice for Kgalagadi

Posted by: Tom124 (29th September 2013)

Kyknetta's Kgalagadi Adventure: April 2013

Posted by: kyknetta (13th September 2013)

Kgalagadi: April / May 2012 - Trip report in photos

Posted by: inado (8th September 2013)

South Africa

TripAdvisor offers reviews and opinions of our amazing Parks in South Africa from real travellers across the world.
See what travellers are saying!

Have a question? Why not ask at the forums?

Did you find what you were looking for?



Help us improve!