Kgalagadi National Park

A vast park of red dunes and camelthorn trees provides the perfect backdrop for sightings of cheetah, gemsbok and black-maned lion. Tucked into the northern corner between Namibia and Botswana, this park offers the true Kalahari experience. A self-guided game drive or a trip on a 4×4 trail promises fantastic wildlife sightings.

Cubitje Quap waterhole in the Kgalagadi is the place to be early morning. Put your camera on motor drive to capture the action.

– Peter Chadwick, Wild 26

Main attractions

  • Game viewing especially lions, cheetahs and leopards
  • Birding
  • 4×4 trails


  • Guided walks
  • Morning and sunset drives
  • !Xerry wilderness trail
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming pools

Top sightings: Meerkat, black-maned lion, gemsbok, sociable weaver, pygmy falcon, barking gecko

Accommodation: Camping, safari tents, chalets, family cottages, dune cabins, luxury lodge

Gate times:
January 05:00 – 19:30
February 06:00 – 19:30
March 06:30 – 19:00
April 07:00 – 18:30
May 07:00 – 18:00
June – July 07:30 – 18:00
August 07:00 – 18:30
September 06:00 – 18:30
October 06:00 – 19:00
November & December 05:30 – 19:30

Nearest centre: Upington is 265km away (about 3 hours).

Know before you go

  • Fuel is available at the main camps in the park: Twee Rivieren, Mata Mata and Nossob. These rest camps also sell basic commodities.
  • Roads in the park are not sedan friendly. High clearance is essential.
  • Keep an emergency supply of 10 litres of water in your vehicle.
  • Visitors must be aware of the travelling distances within the park from Twee Rivieren to the other rest camps:
  • Nossob: 4,5 hours; Grootkolk: 7,5 hours; Gharagab: not possible in one day; Bitterpan: 6,5 hours; Kieliekrankie: 1,5 hours; Urikaruus: 2,5 hours; Kalahari Tented Camp: 3,5 hours; Mata Mata: 3,5 hours.
  • Visitors intending to exit into Namibia or Botswana, must complete immigration control at Twee Rivieren. A minimum two-night stay is required in the park in these instances.

Contact park: +27 (0)54 561 2000, [email protected]

SANParks Central Reservations: +27 (0)12 428 9111, [email protected]

Visit Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’s home page.