The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and covers a total of 3.6 million hectares. It comprises two adjoining national parks: the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, which includes the Mabuasehube Game Reserve. The Botswana side is almost triple the size of its counterpart but less developed.
The park is spared the usual effects of human greed by its extremes in temperature and rainfall. These range from -12◦C to 43◦C in the shade and between 50 mm and 800 mm per annum, with an average of 200 mm. Rain can be torrential and when the Nossob and Auob Rivers start flowing a miracle happens: lungfish emerge after hiding for as long as ten years underground and you find frogs everywhere. Continue reading Stories of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park →
Despite the isolation of this Indian Ocean island, also known as the Great Red Island, Madagascar is definitely worth a visit. The numerous sights and activities are dwarfed by Madagascar’s natural beauty and cultural history. The Tracks4Africa map of Madagascar was updated significantly last year and all the places mentioned below feature on the map, plus many more points of interest… Continue reading Discover the best of Madagascar→
The Otter Trail is breathtakingly beautiful as it follows one of the most rugged and scenic coast lines of South Africa. The trail leads you through both fynbos and forest vegetation. When you walk in the open, the sea can be deafening at times, however, when you are in the forest, the surf is muted to a soft whisper by the trees and the cheerful singing of the birds…
The route is physically challenging, very challenging. You have to climb about a thousand steps, both up and down, and in many places you have to walk or climb over huge rocks. Carrying a backpack of 12 kg plus makes it all the more difficult. Continue reading All you need to know about the Otter Trail→