Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Africa

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, Africa

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a multi-million multi-country park. The vast protected area includes portions of South Africa and Botswana, and borders Namibia. In South Africa the park is known as Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and in Botswana it is Gemsbok National Park.

You can see many of Africa’s iconic species at the park including the African lion, giraffe, wilderbeest, hyena, jackal, springbok, eland, hartebeest, gemsbok, meerkat, ostrich, bustard, vulture, stork, and others. Being a protected area the animals are tolerant of cars and people, and in some cases, such as with jackals in the campgrounds and picnic areas, the animals can become pests. When there is interesting sighting, such as a lion kill, you may have company at the sighting, but being a huge park you will generally have lots of space.

The park has a network of very affordable rest camps; however, you will want to reserve ahead as they do book full in peak seasons. You need to be in the camps at night. You are allowed to use a torch to see things at night, and even if you don’t see or film anything you are certain to hear some noises from the African bush. Some camps have a night-time light placed over a waterhole for some fascinating nocturnal wildlife viewing.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park Stock Footage

The Kalahari is world famous. With its wide open spaces it is well suited for wildlife observations. However, that is not to say that filming wildlife at the park is easy. The biggest challenge is that you are generally restricted to your vehicle meaning that a ground-based tripod cannon be used. So you will need to come up with an alternative configuration such as a bean bag-tripod head mount. This of course makes the use of long lens difficult because of camera shake. Nevertheless you should bring a long lens as well as some wide angle lens for scenic shots.