A New Safari – Kgalagadi Photo Safari

Michael Laubscher All Authors, Michael 3 Comments

A few questions for you before we move on;

Have you ever wondered where to travel to photograph the perfect night sky?

Have you wished for a safari that almost guaranteed spectacular predator interactions?

Have you ever though of a safari where sunsets or silhouettes are a priority?

There are many more questions to ask but if your answer was yes to the three above, this new safari is the one for you!

Join me in October 2018 and years to come on a brand new photo safari into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

What is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park?

The park lies in a large sand-filled basin in the west of the southern African subcontinent, known as the Kalahari Desert. It straddles both South Africa and Botswana which creates an enormous conservation area of over 3,6 million hectares & one of the very few of this magnitude in the world.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is an amalgamation of the former Kalahari Gemsbok National Park of South Africa, which was proclaimed in 1931 mainly to protect migratory game such as Gemsbok, and the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is characterised by vast arid landscapes with red dunes, sparse vegetation and camel thorn trees. Animals tend to gather in the dry river beds and waterholes.

Where is the Kgalagadi?

As seen in the image one will see that is in Southern Africa, but where will we be based?

The lodge we will be using is a Ta Shebube lodge called Rooiputs. Looking at that image again, you might then ask, is Rooiputs in South Africa or in Botswana?

Please see the image below;

Still a very close line there yes?

Rooiputs is located within the captivating Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park on the Botswana side about 25 km north of Two Rivers (Twee Rivieren) & is situated just off the predator-rich Nossob valley, perched along a mature red sand dune, overlooking a busy water hole.

The idea of putting this safari together was because of the fact that so many people would like to visit the area but not really willing to self drive through the park. This was one of the reasons behind choosing Ta Shebube Rooiputs as the destination, not only is it a stunning location that overlooks the red dunes & a productive watering hole, it is situated in a prime game viewing destination but is also one of only two upscale lodge options in the park that offer guided safaris.

The main lodge area and the rooms are stylishly appointed and spotlessly clean. Each chalet is set on an expansive wooden deck and constructed out of a clever mix of wood, thatch, canvas and glass. The chalets consist of a sleeping area with double or twin beds, a sitting area and en-suite bathroom with his and hers basin, toilet, an outside shower and an expansive veranda screened from the next door neighbour.

I am sure you will agree with me that as a photographer one would rather want to worry about what settings or camera lens combo to use in a particular area rather than which road to take next, so being driven around works yes?

Reading through what & where the Kgalagadi is & what Ta Shebube Rooiputs is all about, you must be wondering what animals you would get to see while on safari there.

Most would think dry desert type environments and no animals but the Kgalagadi is so not that with roughly sixty mammals species & 300 bird species that have been recorded in the park.

The predators are the area’s largest attraction with an excellent chances of seeing leopard, brown & spotted hyena, jackal, wildcat & the ultimate black-maned lion are all well represented. The area is one of Africa’s best parks to view cheetah who thrive by hunting in its fossil river valleys and the surrounding Kgalagadi dunes. You will also get to see large herd of antelope including the majestic gemsbok, blue wildebeest, springbok, red hartebeest, eland, steenbok & the Honey Badger, Pangolin, Aardwark & Bat-eared Fox are some of the “specials” in the park worth searching for.

Please have a look through this gallery of images to get a better understanding of what you can expect to see when you join us;

I hope that all the above has given you a better understanding of what the Kgalagadi has to offer and I sure do look forward to hosting you on a safari there one day soon!

Kgalagadi Safari Page

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If you have any other questions regarding this safari, please do feel free to get in touch, I will gladly assist!

Until then;

Happy Snapping!

About the Author

Michael Laubscher


Haunted by the allure of spectacular wildlife and African sunsets. I am a hunter-gatherer of natural light and candid moments, an appetite whet with a taste of the unknown and the smell of home; “This Is Africa”! I look forward to sharing life long experiences with you and helping you capture them. Please feel free to go check out my Instagram account

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      Michael Laubscher

      Hello Nancy!

      I have mailed you but in short, 22 – 27 August 2018 (5 nights), 5 guests, USD 4,395 per person.

      Have a great day further!

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