To help you get the most out of your visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, I've set up an interactive satellite map that shows the precise locations of the rest camps, wilderness camps, gates, hides, waterholes, picnic spots and cultural centres.
The big advantage of a satellite map is that you can see things as they actually are and not just as a reproduced representation which is the case with a conventional map.
And the level of detail in the map below is amazing. You can zoom in so close using the controls in the top left hand corner or by double-clicking your mouse on the map that you can actually see buildings and cars on the roads.
Click on the icons to get a description of what you are looking at...
You won't be able to access this map when you go on safari in Kgalagadi unless you download Google maps onto your cellphone but it does give you a detailed look at where everything is before you get there.
To find your way around the park, purchase one of the comprehensive map books that are available at the main camp receptions for a small sum.
|The speed limit here is 50 km/h but to give yourself a chance to see more wildlife you shouldn't drive any faster than 30 km/h (travel times are calculated at this average speed).
When planning your route make sure that the distances and times involved are short enough so that you can get back to camp in time.
Exploring the wonders of this magical park by guiding their own safari is an option that a growing number of people from all over the globe exercise every year. There is no need to pay extra for a safari guide if you don't want to because you can very successfully self drive here.
The roads are navigable with a normal two wheel drive sedan vehicle so you don't even have to make use of an expensive 4x4 to get to and drive around the park.
The flexibility offered by self guiding your own safari is especially advantageous if you interested in wildlife or bird photography opportunities, which the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park excels at providing.
On a self drive you decide how long you want to spend photographing an animal or bird while on a guided safari you are subject to the whims of the guide and the other visitors on the tour.