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.
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.