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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

"“The entire Blue Pride, nine in all, surrounded us, nearly all of them asleep. We were quite literally in bed with a pride of wild Kalahari lions.” ― Mark Owens, Cry of the Kalahari

 

Nestled in the Kalahari Desert,

The Kalahari Desert is a large basinlike plain of the interior plateau of Southern Africa . More than 900 000 square kilometers  It occupies almost all of Botswana, the eastern third of Namibia, and the northernmost part of Northern Cape province in South Africa. In the southwest it merges with the Namib, the coastal desert of Namibia.  Due to its abundance of wildlife and amount of rainfall it is considered a semi arid desert. Wildlife ranges from the most rare nocturnal species to the big malmals.

The word Kgalagadi derives from the word Makgadigadi, meaning salt pans in the language of the indigenous Kgalagadi people living in the region of southern Botswana.

More than 1000 pans are scattered throughout the park.

It is a vast wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert region and one of the last truly unspoiled ecosystems. . Home of the desert black maned lion, Brown Hyena, Honey Badger, Bat Eared fox, Cape Fox, Jackal, Aardvark , Meerkat , Brown Hyena, Cheetah , Leopard, Wild dog, Elephant, Giraffe , Eland, Kudu, Springbok, Zebra, Wildebeest and abundance of birds including Pearl spotted owlet..

 

 

              

The Khoisan - Southern Africa’s first people.

 

Thousands of years ago small groups of hunter gatherer people occupied Southern Africa.  The 21st century ancestors of those first people are collectively known as the Khoisan or bushman & some of these skilled hunter-gatherers still live a life reminiscent of their distant ancestors. Their knowledge of the land, its flora & fauna and their ability to survive the harsh conditions of the Kalahari Desert are legendary.

Their ancient knowledge of the floral kingdom and the medicinal value of plants has been verbally passed from generation to generation. These resilient people, living in a remote part of the world are able to cure a multitude of ailments without modern medicine. It is a fact that modern pharmaceutical companies used the regional flora and ancient wisdom of the Khoisan in the development of many modern-day synthetic medicines.

Khoisan artwork and artefacts are amongst the oldest examples to be found globally, and as a result of many television documentaries their fascinating way of life and their ability to track and hunt animals on foot using simple bow and arrow has amazed millions across far flung lands.

Today this ancient way of life is under threat from the influence of modern civilisation, the hunter – gatherer way of life in decline. Many of the great skills and insights held by the Khoisan are being lost.

NOW! With our camps having established a family bond with the community this  is your opportunity to gain a personal window into the San way of life, a unique experience to treasure forever.

Interact with the community and learn how to track animals and find water using the methods and skills passed down through millennia. Develop an understanding of the local plant life, the varietals and their medicinal properties. Tap into the ancient wisdom, insights and perspectives of these unique peoples.Spot and photograph game and bird life, experience the sights, sounds  and smells of the bush, marvel at the spectacular night sky, the silhouette of an eagle owl                                                                against a full moon.                                                                                                    

This dream holiday offers safari guides, bush enthusiasts, students, photographers and families with children a unique balance of education, game and birding safari, culture, excitement and fun.

Hone your observation skills, take time for introspection, laugh, sing and rejuvenate yourself far from the madding crowd.

 

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