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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
Gemsbok National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Twee Rivieren camp.JPG
Twee Rivieren camp
Location Kgalagadi District, Botswana / Northern Cape, South Africa
Nearest city Upington
Coordinates view on map
Area 38,000 km2 (15,000 sq mi)
Established 31 July 1931 (Kalahari Gemsbok National Park)
12 May 2000 (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park)
Governing body Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Botswana) / South African National Parks

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
  • 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.

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