Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Location: Kgalagadi District Map

Area: 38,000 km2 (15,000 sq mi)

Species: lions, cheetah, hyena, raptors, leopard, wildebeest, eagles, secretary bird, vultures and etc.


Description of Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park is located in Kgalagadi District of Botswana. Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park covers an area of 38,000 km2 (15,000 sq mi) of African savannah as well as arid and semi arid desert. The symbol of the park is a gemsbok, an antelope with long twisted horns. Other animals include giraffes, Kalahari lions, suricates that live in family communities, ostriches and many others.


In South Africa , the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was created on July 31, 1931 mainly to protect the oryx from poaching. It extends at the time on 9 594 km 2 .

On the Botswana side , Gemsbok Park was created in 1937 . It then extended over 28 400 km 2 .

In June 1992 , representatives of South African National Parks (currently SANParks) and the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks established a joint management committee for the area, which is recognized as a unique ecological entity. On April 7, 1999 , Botswana and South Africa signed a historic bilateral agreement whereby the two countries jointly manage adjacent national parks, Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa, which become the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

In 2002 , an agreement was signed as part of the restitution of lands to indigenous peoples: 60 000 hectares were returned to the two local communities - 30 000 ha to the San (formerly called Boshimans ), and 30 000 hectares to Les Mier, M├ętis people. farmers settled south of Kgalagadi more than 170 years ago. The agreement includes the creation in the park, at the San and Mier lands border , of a lodge common to both communities. Operational since 2007 , the Klaus lodge is managed by the Transfrontier Parks Destinations. It offers a luxury accommodation and a cultural village. The profits are partly donated to the communities