Kgalagadi Photographic Safari

 

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a wonderful setting for your photographic safari, with an abundance of fauna and flora.

Background of the Kgalagadi

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a combination of the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Mabuashue Game Reserve in Botswana.  It is an incredibly large area that spans 36000 km² and is also known as the Kalahari.  The term Kalahari was derived from the Kgalagadi word for ‘the land which dried up’, ‘the dry land’ or ‘the thirstland’.

General tips before your trip

Accommodation can fill up months in advance, so remember to book early.  It is also recommended that you use 4X4, as this gives you better height and therefore visibility.  It also handles the road conditions better.   There are a few camps that are recommended for photographic safaris.  If you have your family with you, the Twee Rivieren Camp might be best.  The Nossob camp for bird’s photography seems to be the best.  Furthermore, the Urikaruus Wilderness Camp has a great waterhole that attracts predators.

Photographic tips for your Kgalagadi trip

1.  Make sure you know your way around

It is suggested that you read up on all the waterholes and different viewpoints before your trip.  It is also suggested that you make use of the daily sightings boards at each camp site.  You might find that a cheetah mother and cub likes to hang around a specific waterhole.

2.  Be prepared

Make sure your camera’s, lenses, memory cards, batteries and even food and drinks are all prepared the night before.  Remember the most sightings takes place early mornings and late afternoon.  You don’t want to waste time on the wrong things.  A sighting might happen quickly and you won’t have time to get things in order – you need to be prepared.

3.  Stop and pay attention

You’ll be amazed what you get if you drive slowly.  Small predators and mammals are easily overlooked if you don’t pay attention.  Also, the leopard, lion, and cheetah often look for their pray from an elevated position.  It is therefore recommended that you stop and carefully scan the dune slopes, ridges, and riverbeds.  Be alert for the warning calls of the red hartebeest, wildebeest, and springbuck.

Last thoughts

Remember to focus on the small things too – even in the camp.  Plants, insects, reptiles and birds are waiting and can be special.  Lastly, the cold, dry winter months provide the best light for photography.

 

Last, but not least, remember to sleep over at Wag n Bietjie Lodge.

 

 

The Rich History of South Africa

South Africa has been blessed with a rich history.  It also doesn’t matter where you start your journey, you will always be able to experience the rich history of South Africa.

The centrality of Wag n Bietjie Lodge makes it the perfect stopover between the various rich history filled cities of South Africa.

Brief History of Cape Town

Cape Town is 950 km from Wag n Bietjie Lodge.  Cape Town is best known as ‘The Mother City’ and was founded as a resupply stop for the Dutch East India Company. Even before the arrival of Dutch settlers that was led by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652, the Cape was home to groups of Khoi people. Today, Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa.  It is also a very popular tourist destination and is further known for the beautiful Table Mountain, the beaches, vineyards and majestic landscapes and limitless ocean.

Brief History of Johannesburg

Johannesburg is 528 km from Wag n Bietjie Lodge.  Although the city is still young and it already has an incredible history and legacy.  The first settlement sprang up in 1886 when gold was found in the area of Witwatersrand.  As always when gold was found, thousands flocked in search of their fortune.  Still today, Johannesburg is recognized as the city where dreams and success awaits.  Even the Anglo-Boer war couldn’t stop its growth.

“Through the years, Johannesburg has been the site of many iconic events. It was where the Springboks beat the All Blacks to take the Rugby World Cup in 1995. And, most recently, it was where South Africa showed the world that we can host an event as large as the FIFA Soccer World Cup with style and grace.”

Brief History of Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein is only 220km from Wag n Bietjie lodge.  The city is also known as the ‘City of Roses’, or Mangaung, ‘the place of cheetahs’.  Bloemfontein is further home to the National Women’s Memorial.  The memorial pays homage to those that died in the concentration camps during the war in South Africa.  Bloemfontein has delivered a few legends of their time, including Allan Donald (South African cricketer), Francois Steyn (Springbok rugby player), Hansie Cronje (former captain of the South African cricket team).  More legends of their time include Os du Rant (Springbok rugby player), Ryk Neethling (Olympic gold medalist swimmer), Shaun Morgan (lead vocalist of the band Seether) and also Zola Budd (international long distance athlete).

Sources

http://www.sahistory.org.za/places/cape-town

https://www.rhinoafrica.com/en/south-africa/cape-town/history

http://rwrant.co.za/10-facts-bloemfontein

http://www.sahistory.org.za/places/bloemfontein

http://www.joburgtourism.com/tourist-information/about-johannesburg/brief-history

http://www.sahistory.org.za/places/bloemfontein