Wildlife in Kalahari 2019

25th Feb – 7th Mar 2019

Kgalagadi Tranfrontier Park is one of the wildest most wildlife-rich wilderness areas on the planet. The National Park is larger than many countries and is situated in both South Africa and Botswana. Several different desert ecosystems host a rich wildlife with desert Lions among sand dunes, Cheetahs and Leopards hunting Oryx and other antelopes. The birdlife is varied, with Africas’ largest and smallest raptors. The area attracts professional wildlife photographers time and time again because of it’s beautiful settings, the many animals and amazing desert light.

The Transfrontier Park was inaugurated on the 12th May 2000. Transfrontier implies a park/National Park with large coherent, intact ecosystems covering several countries, where there are no barriers and animals can move freely. Kgalagadi hosts several desert ecosystems with large rivers that are only filled during the rainy season. The Nossob River is a border river flowing through both Botswana and South Africa. During the dry season this is where most of the wildlife occurs, due to the large numbers of Camel Thorn Acacia trees. They provide nutrition and shade to the ungulates, who in turn are followed by the predators. Around the river-beds and water-holes there is a daily struggle for life and death, as this is where the animals often hunt.

The landscape is dominated by red and yellow sand dunes, saline lakes, steppe and forest savannah. The wildlife is incredibly rich with large abundance of species like Springbok, Oryx, Ostrich, Gnu, Giraffe and Hartebeest. There are also plenty of smaller animals, such as Jackals, African Wildcats, Honey Badgers, Meerkats, Desert Foxes, Mongooses as well as the speciality – the whistling Gerbil. However, it is big cats and the chance to see them in action that has given the park its cult status amongst wildlife photographers. Africas large black-maned Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards, Caracals, Spotted and Brown Hyenas all hunt in the National Park, and the chances of exciting photography is good.

The birdlife is unique, with the largest eagle – the Martial Eagle, and the smallest bird of prey in Africa – the Pygmy Falcon. The Lanner Falcon is common, as are various Weever Birds, Bulbuls, Doves, Bustards, Sandgrouse, owls, finches and a large number of birds of prey.

During the tour we will stay at several interesting lodges and ”rest-camps” where you can explore on your own, photographing smaller animals. Some even have their own small hides, where you can see predators up close.

During the tour we will also hold photographic workshops, demonstrating e.g. techniques for the next days photography. We also look at image composition, and each others images, all in order to develop your own photography.

This tour is not only for the most dedicated wildlife photographers, but also for those who wish to experience some of the world’s finest National Parks and their wildlife up close in an incredible landscape.

The tour is also for those who long for Africa, but might have already been on several regular safaris in East Africa and South Africa. This photo safari is really unique.

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