The immensity of the Kalahari Desert…An amazing place to visit
Mainly on the lands of three countries: Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari Desert spans 3.6 million hectares. To venture on these lands of sand and thorny bushes, demand high organization and autonomy.
Among 1,600 km from north to south and 900 km from east to west, infrastructure is scarce and need a good preparation (water,food,medicine,…).The dunes are 1.5 km minimum, 50 to 100m wide and 5 to 60m thick;They are often covered with a film of iron oxide, which is in contact with air gives the sand its red color, the true identity of the Kalahari.
Isolation has taken these lands and survivors, perhaps precisely in this depth, that the beauty of Kalahari desert in South Africa hides.
The Kgalagadi Park:
On the South African side, the red lands of the Kalahari desert are in the extreme north-west of the country. It is here that the Kgalagadi Transfrontalier Park is located, the first “Peace Park”, born of a merger between the Botswana and South African parks in 1999. The park represents 1/3 of the total Kalahari and only 1% is open to the public.
To furrow this “land of thirst” as the Bushmen say, is to approach exceptionally wildlife. Predators to the rarest bird species, insects with many kinds of acacias (camel-thorn), we can only admire how each species reinvents itself daily to survive in this semi-arid climate, In the dry beds of the ancient Nossob and Auob rivers, under the ground, in the trees, in the sand … When the weavers cling to a single tree in a gigantic nest sheltering thousands of individuals, the lion of the Kalahari Long distances to expand its hunting space as prey is rare.
When meerkats and squirrels have settled in the park, some birds of prey come only in summer (November to March).
The entrance to the park is the first of its nine camps, “Twee Rivieren”, about three hours drive from Upington (260 km), the last town before the big jump on a long and … long road in good condition!). From this road, if you turn west towards Namibia, you will land in the middle of salt lakes. Lunar, divine, mystical landscape. A must to see.