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GEMSBOK NATIONAL PARK
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.
interesting mining town is Kathu, on the edge of the Kathu Forest
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.
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