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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

If you're looking for true wilderness, remoteness, and stark, almost surreal landscapes and you're not averse to forgoing the ultimate in luxury and getting sand in your hair, then this amazing, uniquely beautiful park within the Kalahari Desert is for you.

In an odd little finger of the country jutting north between Botswana in the east and Namibia in the west lies South Africa's

second-largest park after Kruger. Kgalagadi was officially launched in 2000 as the first transfrontier, or "Peace Park," in southern Africa by merging South Africa's vast Kalahari Gemsbok National Park with the even larger Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. The name Kgalagadi (pronounced kala-hardy) is derived from the San language and means "place of thirst." It is now one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the world—an area of more than 38,000 square km (14,670 square mi). Of this awesome area, 9,600 square km (3,700 square mi) fall in South Africa, and the rest in Botswana. Passing through the Twee Rivieren Gate, you will encounter a vast desert under enormous, usually cloudless skies and a sense of space and openness that few other places can offer.

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