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Covering 9000 square kilometers of semi-arid land, the Gemsbok National Park is the continuation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Separated by the dry river bed of a once strong flowing Nossob River, the boundary is marked only by whitewashed stones allowing the animals to roam freely between the two parks. Animals native to this harsh dry land are seen in large herds, such as the Gemsbok - after which the Parks are named - wildebeest, eland and other antelopes. These attract a few predators such as lion, hyena, cheetah and wild dog. These are rarely seen in this area as the numbers are not as large as in the northern reserves. 


  • The mining towns of Hotazel and Black Rock where the wealth of manganese ore has only recently been discovered. 

  • Another interesting mining town is Kathu, on the edge of the Kathu Forest Reserve, known for its majestic Camelthorn trees. This town owes its existence to the discovery of iron ore.  

  • To be seen in the Botswana Park are endless plains with few interruptions

  • The Mabuasehube Game Reserve, which covers 1800 square kilometers and here you will find 5 small mysterious salt pans in the middle of now where in particular.


  • Game Viewing: The best viewing time is just after a good rainfall, usually after March or April, where the game gather at the few water holes along the dry river beds in the early morning and late afternoon. There is a large variety of antelope to be seen which is what the Kalahari is most known for, as they travel in very large numbers. These attract the odd predator, although few in number in this region, they are there, but are difficult to spot. They include lion, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. 

  • 4X4 Trails The roads in the park are of course not tarred and after the wet season are sometimes flooded, which makes for fun 4 x 4 activities. 


There are no accommodation establishments in the Park itself, although in the neighboring Kalahari Gemsbok National Park there are few camps offering from luxurious to simple accommodation. But there are no camping sites or facilities either, so travellers must be in possession of a permit, ample food, liquids, fuel and equipment for the duration of their stay. And always be aware of wild animals.