Wild

National Parks and Reserves

Southern Africa

DETAILED MAPS & PARK DESCRIPTIONS USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION GPS CO-ORDINATES ON EACH MAP PLACES OF INTEREST & ACCOMMODATION FEATURED

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Addo Elephant NP Agulhas NP |Ai-|Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park Akkerendam NR Albert Falls NR Amakhala GR aMatikulu NR Andover GR Andries Vosloo Kudu NR Anysberg NR Assegaaibosch NR Augrabies Falls NP Balule NR Banhine NP Barberspan Bird Sanctuary Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area Bazaruto Archipelago NP Beachwood Mangroves Ben Alberts NR Ben Lavin NR Bird Island Blinkwater NR Bloemfontein Bloemhof Dam NR Blouberg NR Bluff NR Blyde Olifants Conservancy Blyde ‘Molatse’ River Canyon NR Bontebok NP Boosmansbos Wilderness Area Borakalalo NP Bosberg NR Botsalano GR Bronkhorstspruit Dam NR Bushman’s Nek Valley Bwabwata NP Caledon NR Camdeboo NR (previously Karoo NR) Cape Henderson NR Cathedral Peak Cederberg Wilderness Area Central Kalahari GR Charara Safari Area Chelmsford NR Chete Safari Area Chewore Safari Area Chimanimani NP Chipinge Safari Area Chirisa Safari Area Chizarira NP Chobe NP Cobham NR Coleford NR Columbine NR Cradle of Humankind Craigie Burn NR Cwebe NR Dande Safari Area De Hoop NR De Mond NR Diepsloot NR D’Nyala NR Doma Safari Area Doorndraai Dam NR Doornkloof NR Doubledrift GR Dullstroom NR Durban Dwesa NR East London Coast Conservation Area eMakhosini-Opathe Heritage Park Erfenis Dam NR Etosha NP Faan Meintjies NR Fernkloof NR Formosa NR Fort Fordyce NR Fort Pato NR Gamkaberg NR Garden Castle NR 64 48 24 18 78 62 90 140 68 52 44 22 142 146 108 60 148 74 162 164 18 78 104 108 162 74 142 136 52 52 112 66 110 130 84 32 104 62 70 80 16 116 182 88 172 180 176 176 172 172 120 84 84 12 156 78 70 180 50 48 158 162 180 160 106 68 134 74 70 70 92 102 36 108 46 60 68 70 54 84 Gariep Dam NR 106 Giant’s Castle NR 82 Gilé National Reserve 152 Goegap NR 18 Golden Gate Highlands NP 100 Gonarezhou NP 174 Gorongosa NP 150 Goukamma NR 54 Grant’s Hill 104 Great Fish River Reserve Complex 68 Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park 146 Groendal Wilderness Area 64 Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area 14 Grootvadersbosch NR 52 Gulu NR 70 Gustav Klingbiel NR 134 Hans Merensky NR 142 Harold Porter National Botanical Garden 46 Hartbeeshoek GR 156 Hartbeespoort Dam NR 112 Hawekwas Conservation Area 40 Heia Safari GR 156 Highmoor 82 Himeville NR 84 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park 90 Hluleka NR 70 Honnet GR 164 Hottentots Holland NR 44 Hurungwe Safari Area 182 Hwange NP 168 iNjasuti 80 iSimangaliso Wetland Park 94 Ithala GR 88 Jericho Dam NR 132 Johannesburg 128 Jonkershoek NR 44 Kalkfontein Dam NR 106 Kamberg NR 82 Kammanassie NR 54 Kaokoland 38 Kapama GR 140 Kariega GR 66 Karkloof NR 78 Karoo NP 42 Kayser’s Beach NR 70 Kazuma Pan NP 170 Kenneth Stainbank NR 74 Keurbooms River NR 58 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 20 Kgaswane Mountain Reserve 112 Khaudum Game Park 28 Kidd’s Beach NR 70 Klaserie NR 140 Klipfontein NR 88 Klipriviersberg NR 128 Knysna National Lake Area 56 Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve 46 Kosi Bay NR 96 Krantzkloof NR 74 Kruger NP (Limpopo) 140 Kruger NP (Mpumalanga) 138 Krugersdorp GR 156 Kwelera NR 70 Lake Kariba 184 Lake Sibaya 96 Lalibela GR 62 Langjan NR 162 Lapalala Wilderness GR 162 Leeuwkloof Valley Conservancy 158 Lekgalameetse NR 142 Letaba Ranch GR 140 Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre 110 Ligwalagwala 132 Limietberg NR 40 Londolozi GR 138 Loskop Dam GR 134 Lotheni NR 82 Luchaba GR 70 Lydenburg NR 134 Mabalingwe GR 160 Mabula GR 160 Madikwe GR Magaliesberg Nature Area Makalali Private Reserve Makgadikgadi Pans NP Makuya GR Malapati Game Reserve Maleboch NR Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) NP Mana Pools NP Manyeleti GR Mapungubwe NP Maputaland Marakele NP Marico Bosveld NR Marievale Bird Sanctuary Marloth NR Marromeu GR Matjiesrivier NR Matobo NP Matusadona NP Metani Game Ranch Midmar Dam NR Mkambati NR Mkhomazi N Mokala NP Mokolo Dam NR Molopo NR Monkeyland Monk’s Cowl Moor Park Moremi GR Morgenstond Dam NR Mountain Sanctuary Park Mountain Zebra NP Mpofu GR Mt Everest GR Mt Sheba NR Mthethomusha GR Mudumu NP Mushandike Sanctuary Musina NR Mutirikwi NP Namaqua NP Namib-Naukluft NP Nata Bird Sanctuary National West Coast Tourist Recreational Area/Skeleton Coast Park Naval Hill Ncandu NR Ndumo GR Ndzalama Wildlife Reserve Niassa Reserve Nooitgedacht Dam NR Nooitgedacht Game Ranch North Park Ntendeka Wilderness Area Nwanedi GR Nxai Pan NP Nyanga NP Nylsvlei NR Ohrigstad Dam NR Okavango Delta Oorlogskloof NR Oribi Gorge NR Outeniqua NR Oviston NR Percy Fyfe NR Phinda Private Game Reserve Pilanesberg NP Plumari Africa Reserve Polokwane GR Pongola Bush NR Pongolapoort NR Queen Elizabeth Park Quirimbas NP Reserva Especial de Maputo (Maputo Elephant Reserve) Rhenosterspruit NR Rhino and Lion Reserve Richards Bay GR Rietvlei NR Riviersonderend NR 114 112 142 122 140 174 162 30 182 140 164 96, 144 162 110 130 52 150 16 166 184 112 78 70 82 22 162 108 58 80 78 118 132 112 66 68 100 136 138 30 166 164 166 18 26 124 34 104 88 98 142 152 158 130 74 92 164 122 178 160 136 118 18 76 54 106 160 92 112 130 160 88 98 78 154 144 158 156 90 158 48 Robberg NR Rocherpan NR Rolfontein NR Rondebult Bird Sanctuary Roodeplaat Dam NR Royal Natal NP Rugged Glen NR Rust de Winter NR Rustfontein Dam NR SA Lombard NR Sabi-Sabi GR Sabi Sand GR Salmonsdam NR Sam Knott NR Sandveld NR Sapi Safari Area Sehlabathebe NP Selati GR Shamwari GR Signal Hill Silaka NR Soetdoring NR Songimvelo GR Sossusvlei Soutpansberg Region Spioenkop Dam NR Spitskop NR Sterkfontein Dam NR Sterkspruit NR Suikerbosrand NR Swartberg NR Table Mountain NP Tankwa Karoo NP Tembe Elephant Game Park Thakazulu GR The Cradle NR Thomas Baines NR Thornybush GR Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve Timbavati GR Ts’ehlanyane NP Tsitsikamma NP Tsolwana GR Tswaing NR Tuli Block Farms Tussen-die-Riviere GR uKhahlamba Central uKhahlamba North uKhahlamba South Umbabat NR Umfurudzi Safari Area uMhlanga Lagoon NR uMkhuze GR uMlalazi NR uMtamvuna NR Umtiza NR uVongo River NR Vaalkop Dam NR Vergelegen NR Verloren Vallei NR Verlorenvlei Vernon Crookes NR Victoria Falls NP Vrolijkheid NR Vryheid Hill NR Waenhuiskrans NR Wagendrift NR Walker Bay NR Waterberg Biosphere Waterberg Plateau Park Waters Meeting NR Weenen GR West Coast NP Wild Coast Wilderness NP Willem Pretorius NR Wolkberg Wilderness Area Wonderkop NR Woody Cape NR Zambezi NP Zinave NP 58 18 106 128 158 80 80 160 104 108 138 138 46 68 106 180 86 142 62 104 70 102 132 26 162 80 22 100 134 128 54 10 14 98 92 156 66 140 12 140 86 60 68 158 124 106 82 80 84 140 178 74 92 90 76 70 76 112 84 134 18 76 170 48 88 48 78 46 162 28 66 78 12 70 54 102 142 162 64 170 146

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Parks covered in this atlas
KEY 1 East London Coast Conservation Area: Cape Henderson NR Fort Pato NR Gulu NR Kwelera NR Umtiza NR 2 Great Fish River Reserve Complex: Andries Vosloo Kudu NR Sam Knott NR Doubledrift GR uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park: North: iNjasuti Rugged Glen NR Cathedral Peak Monk’s Cowl Central: Kamberg NR Lotheni NR Giant’s Castle NR Highmoor Mkhomazi NR South: Bushman’s Nek Valley Cobham NR Garden Castle NR Vergelegen NR iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Cape Vidal Section Sodwana Bay Section St Lucia Marine Section St Lucia Marine Sanctuary Mfabeni/Mission Rocks Charter’s Creek False Bay Park Fanie’s Island Lake Eteza Maphelane NR 5 Maputaland: Lake Sibaya Kosi Bay NR Kruger NP Mpumalanga: Londolozi GR Sabi Sand GR Mthethomusha GR Limpopo: Andover GR Manyeleti GR Timbavati GR Klaserie NR Umbabat NR Thornybush GR Kapama GR Makuya GR Letaba Ranch GR Cradle of Humankind: Heia Safari GR Rhino and Lion Reserve The Cradle NR Hartbeeshoek GR Magaliesberg Nature Area: Kgaswane Mountain Reserve Mountain Sanctuary Park Hartbeespoort Dam NR

ANGOLA

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Kaokoland Etosha National Park
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Mahango NP Khaudum GP

Waterberg Plateau Park

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NamibNaukluft Park

NAMIBIA

Sossusvlei

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

KEY TO MAPS
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Freeway/ National road Main road (tarred) Main road (untarred)

Mountain pass Scenic route
Sneeuberg 2027m

Place of interest Border post

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Peak Park International airport Airport/ airfield Capital/City Major town Secondary town Other town Village Farm Accommodation Caravan park Camp site

Hotel Viewpoint Wine farm

Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Spitskop NR Augrabies Falls NP

R503

Secondary road (tarred) Secondary road (untarred) Track (park map)

Goegap NR

Walking/hiking trail Shipwreck

Namaqua NP

Northern Cape

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Information Picnic site Diving Hospital Fishing Gate Lighthouse Toll road
Bird Island Verlorenvlei Rocherpan NR Columbine NR

Akkerendam NR Oorlogskloof NR Tankwa Cederberg Karoo NP Wilderness Area Matjiesrivier NR
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Karoo NP

Groot Winterhoek Swartberg Wilderness Area Anysberg West Coast NP NR Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve NR Limietberg NR Gamkaberg NR Assegaa Hawekwas Marloth ibosc Boosmansbos hN R Cons. Area Vr NR Wilderness Area Hottentots olijk Bon Groo Table Mountain NP he te tva v rve Holland NR ierso id NR bok NPdersb osch ese nal n d De eR NR ere Ho her atio den f o iosp er N Gar loo DeWaennd NR p NR erg B Port nical ernk r Bay huis Mo elb F lk e n NP kran K og rold Bota s nd Ha s NR Wa almo gulha NR S A

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D E M O C R AT I C R E P U B L I C OF THE CONGO

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Niassa Game Reserve

M A L AW I ZAMBIA
Sapi Safari Area Dande Mana Safari Area Urungwe Pools NP Chewore Safari Area Safari Area Charara Safari Area Doma Safari Area a Karib Lake Matusadona NP Umfurudzi Safari Area Chete Safari Area Bwabwata NP Mudumu NP Mamili (Nkasa Lupala) NP Moremi GR Moremi GR Kazuma Pan NP Chobe NP Nxai Pan NR Hwange National Park Chirisa Safari Area Chizarira NP

Gilé Reserve

MOZAMBIQUE
Marromeu GR

Nyanga NP

ZIMBABWE
Chimanimani NP Matobo NP Mushandike Sanctuary Mutirikwi NP Chipinge Safari Area

Gorongosa NP

Makgadikgadi Pans

Gonarezhou NP

Musina NR Nwanedi ms Far Mapungubwe ck GR Makuya NP Blo Lang i GR Tul Bloube jan NR Honnet GR Banhine NP NR Maleboch rg NR ky Ben Lavin Lapa NR lala Wonderkop NR Greater Limpopo Wil NR Po de Limpopo te Transfrontier Park l r ne iva Wi W Percy GR li Pre ss Khutse lde olk Ndzalama Fyf a rv GR rne be Wildlife GR e R D’Nyala NR rg ss rg Reserve N be here r le 6 Kruger Ar Mokolo Dam NR ea ateiosp Doorndraai NP B Dam NR i NR NR etse Blyde Olifants Marakele NP GR Conservancy vle alame la ls O hr i g Ben Alberts NR bu Blyde ‘Molatse’ River Canyon NR Ny Lekg sa Rust Ma Ma Lyden Dam NtR d Madikwe V balingw aalk Borakala de W burg Mt Sheba NR e GR GR op Rhe D lo NP inter N D no ie NR Verloren R KlGustav R Pilanesberg NP am NR sterpslo Ste ingbiel NR g N at Loskop Marico s p ot aindeplaR Dam GR Vallei NR Bos Metani GR ru N Tsw oo N Botsalano GR veld NR Dullstroom 8 Magaliesbergit N R, R Damkloof Ligwalagwala R Leeuw servancy Nature Area NR Molopo NR Valley Con Nooitgedacht Maputo Bay Songimvelo PluNooitgedacht GRve d er R Lichtenburg Game mari Africa Res ankin lei N Bronkhorst- Dam NR GR R tv spruit Dam NR l of Hum Maputo ar evale Bird North West Breeding Centre 7 CradKerugersdorp G eRrige NuRa,ry MSainctuary Mpumalanga SWAZILAND Reserva Especial deReserve) (Maputo Elephant Jericho rsb nct Tembe Barberspan Bird ivie Sa Suikerbos- Gauteng Dam NR Morgenstond Nt Faan Meintjies Kliprt Bird Elephant GR Pon rand NR Dam NR Ndumo GR Sanctuary gola ende ul NR eb ka Kosi Bay NR Bu nd Pongolapoort Vryh sh N Wil Bloemhof Ro 5 Maputaland d Ithala eid R NR SA Lombard Klipf Hil NR Dam NR GR onte l NR Free State Mkhuze GR in N Ncandu R Phinda Resource 4 iSimangaliso Mt Everest NR Sandveld Willem Reserve Wetland Park Thakazulu GR NR Chelmsford Pretorius Golden Gate HluhluweGR NR NR Highlands NP Sterkfontein eMakhosini-Opathe iMfolozi Erfenis Park Heritage Park Dam NR Dam NR Royal Natal NP R Weenen GR KwaZulu-Natal mN Soetdoring NR Richards Bay GR Ts’enhlanyane NP op DaMoor Park Mokala NP Naval Hill, agendrift NR k uMlalazi NR Blinkw W oen C aig Signal Hill, Grant’s Hill Spi 3 uKhahlamba- ater NR Karrklo ie Burn NR aMatikulu NR of NR Rustfontein Albert Drakensberg Park ar Falls NR Dam NR Kalkfontein uMhlanga Lagoon NR LESOTHO Himeville NR MDidm NR u n am Dam NR Caledon NR Bluff NR, Kenneth Stainbank NR, Beachwood Mangroves, North Park Pa Sehlabathebe NP iza Rolfontein NR Coleford NR be Gariep Tussen-dieVer th of N Doornkloof NR Dam NR Riviere GR Mount Currie NR non Cro R okes NR Oribi Gorge NR Oviston uVongo River NR NR uMtamvuna NR Luchaba Mkambati NR GR Central Kalahari Game Reserve

BOTSWANA

Zinave NP

Malapati Safari Area

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Eastern Cape
Tsolwana GR

Mountain Zebra NP Camdeboo NR Bosberg NR

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Gariep Dam Nature Reserve,
Oviston & Tussen-die-Riviere Reserves

SEASONAL INFORMATION Gate opening times Gariep Dam NR: 07:00 – 18:00 Oviston NR: 07:00 – 19:00 Tussen-die-Riviere GR: 07:00 – 18:00

From Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, a tour of the 13.2km of tunnels through the Gariep dam wall, and down 1000 steps, takes you to the bedrock foundation of the Orange River. The central section of the wall, holding back 6000 million cubic litres of water, is arched to deflect the thrust of the water towards the outer solid-rock foundations. The water pressure is so tremendous, the wall in fact gives under it. These and other fascinating facts are revealed on your guided walk. On the southern side of the Gariep dam, ways to experience the Oviston Nature Reserve’s wildlife vary from hikes to horse or mountain-bike rides. Top of the three summer nature trails in the Tussen-die-Riviere Game Reserve – which in winter is a hunting reserve – is the Klipstapel hiking trail; an intriguing feature is a field of eroded dolerite pillars balancing precariously on their bases.

GARIEP DAM NR

Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve
Heat and dust and the dry Free State air combine daily to create SEASONAL INFORMATION smouldering burnt-orange sunsets beyond the small koppies and Gate opening times 06:00 – 18:00 ridges of this nature reserve. Campers and anglers are drawn like Day visitors allowed magnets to the clear waters of the Kalkfontein dam, in which yellowfish (small- and largemouth species), Orange River mudfish, barbel and carp try to evade the anglers’ hooks. Water birds also flock to these waters including, in season, tall spindly-legged Greater and Lesser Flamingos, all pretty in pink. The hook-beaked Osprey competes with anglers as it lazily flies across the water surface before plunge-diving to snap up its hapless prey.

NEAREST TOWN Bethulie NEAREST AIRPORT (ALL PARKS) Bloemfontein SIZE 13 000ha FAUNA 1 Black Wildebeest 2 Springbok MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 051 754 0026/48 gariepnr@telkomsa.net www.detea.fs.gov.za/ gariepdam.htm ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK Chalets, caravan park ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Tourist Info, Bethulie 051 754 0190

DOORNKLOOF NR

OVISTON NATURE RESERVE

Doornkloof & Rolfontein Nature Reserves
These two nature reserves on the southern shore of Vanderkloof dam are set in a Karoo landscape of giant boulders and dolerite koppies. The confluence of the Seekoei and Orange rivers within Doornkloof, though, cuts a cool broad swathe across the dry sculpted landscape. The appeal to free-spirited hikers is that, other than the two- or three-day routes, they can SEASONAL INFORMATION Gate opening times ramble wherever their inclinations take them (pre-arrangement Doornkloof NR: 08:00 – 18:00 necessary), sleeping in a hut or under the stars in the veld. In Entrance fee Rolfontein NR: 08:00 – 16:00 Doornkloof, hikers will be surrounded by large antelope, but Permits required more exciting is to come across the secretive brown hyena or, on a much smaller scale, the rare South African hedgehog. Rolfontein stands out for its impressive numbers of eland. Look out, too, for the elegant long-legged Blue Crane, endangered in South Africa and the country’s national bird. Along the river, listen for the hollow call of the African Fish Eagle.

NEAREST TOWN Venterstad SIZE 16 000ha FAUNA 1 Black Wildebeest 2 Springbok MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 043 701 9600 www.ecparks.co.za ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK Komweer Lodge, camp sites 051 655 0000, 084 581 0155 ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Tourist Info, Venterstad 051 654 0224/5

NEAREST TOWN Colesberg NEAREST AIRPORT (BOTH PARKS) Kimberley SIZE 12 000ha FAUNA/AVIFAUNA 1 Gemsbok 2 Eland 3 Kudu 4 Brown Hyena 5 Bat-eared Fox 6 South African Hedgehog 7 Blue Crane 8 Malachite Kingfisher 9 Red Bishop MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 051 753 1315 ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK Overnight hut ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Tourist Info, Colesberg 051 753 0678

ROLFONTEIN NR

TUSSEN-DIE-RIVIERE GR
NEAREST TOWN Bethulie SIZE 22 000ha FAUNA 1 Gemsbok 2 Aardwolf MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 051 763 1000, 762 2803 ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK None ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK See Gariep Dam NR

NEAREST TOWN Vanderkloof SIZE 8000ha FAUNA 1 White Rhino 2 Black Wildebeest 3 Gemsbok 4 Eland 5 Kudu 6 Red Hartebeest 7 Vervet Monkey 8 Blue Crane 9 Grey Duiker MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 053 664 0170 ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK 2 hikers’ huts, tented camp ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Tourist Info, Vanderkloof 053 664 0198

SANDVELD NATURE RESERVE

KALKFONTEIN DAM NR

Sandveld Nature Reserve
Situated between the arms of the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve, Sandveld lies along one side of the Bloemhof dam, at the meeting of the Vaal and Vet rivers. Besides its wetlands, Kalahari thornveld is another of its diverse range of habitats, ensuring enormous variety in its bird life. Those who are happier with horns and hooves will be well satisfied tracking down wildlife in the nature reserve, and the soft-sand beaches fringing the dam are particularly pleasing to fishermen and water-sport lovers. Things to look out for are the diminutive Pygmy Falcon, which sometimes commandeers communal nests built by the Sociable Weavers, and White-backed Vultures that breed in large nests on the top of the camel thorn trees.

NEAREST TOWN Fauresmith NEAREST AIRPORT Bloemfontein SIZE 162ha AVIFAUNA 1 South African Shelduck 2 Caspian Tern 3 Greater & Lesser Flamingo 4 Osprey MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 051 722 1441 ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK Camping ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Tourist Info, Fauresmith 051 723 0020

NEAREST TOWN Bloemhof NEAREST AIRPORT Bloemfontein SIZE 37 700ha FAUNA/AVIFAUNA 1 Buffalo 2 White Rhino 3 Blue Wildebeest 4 Giraffe 5 Tsessebe 6 Kudu 7 Aardwolf 8 Heron sp. 9 Lesser & Greater Flamingo 10 Pygmy Falcon 11 White-backed Vulture MAIN CONTACT DETAILS 053 433 1701/2 ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK Fully equiped chalets, camp site ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Tourist Info, Bloemhof 053 433 1017 www.bloemhofonline.co.za

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SEASONAL INFORMATION Gate opening times 24 hours Day visitors allowed

Priors

N 1

Km Mi 5

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R715

Louw Wepener

R701
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To Smithfield

Caledon

To Colesberg

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Bethulie
Bethulie Oppie Koppie Dam Guesthouse

Tussen-die-Riviere Game Reserve
Aasvoëlkop

Free State
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Pellissier House and Museum
Hunter’s Camp
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Caledonskop 1470m

Uitsig Spes Bona

Donkerpoort

Raptor Ridge

R701

Gariep Dam

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Bush Camp

Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

Orange
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Orange River Guest Farm and Adventures
To Norvalspont
R 58

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Gariep Dam Oviston

R390

Oviston Nature Reserve

Morning Glory 9 Cottage
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Orange-Fish River Tunnel Entrance Tower
Lodge Komweer
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Eastern Cape
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Knapdaar
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R 58

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Venterstad
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To Steynsburg

Hotel Wild Caravan Park

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Ditlhake
R 48

To Kimberley

To Makwassie

Koffiefontein
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Hakuna Matata Guesthouse

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Riet

10 5

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Bloemhof Dam NR Kudaana Guest Lodge

North West

To Luckhoff

1337m

Bloemhof
To Christiana

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Beyers Pieterse Memorial
Middeldeel

Kalkfontein Dam Nature Reserve

Bloemhof Dam

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R704

Bakenrant

Constantia

1426m

Kalkfontein Dam

1347m

Sandveld NR

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Hoopstad Hotel Brinkies Oornag Groenvlei

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Petrusville
To download a digital version of these maps, see link on page 191
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Rolfontein Nature Reserve
Grootkop 1487m

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Reebokrand Heilbron
Bakenskop 1409m

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Uitsig
Knapsakberg 1478m

Free State
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Vanderkloof Dam
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Tiger Canyons Ranch House
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Northern Cape
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Tuindam Ebenhaezer Guesthouse
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Doornkloof Nature Reserve

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Voorspoed

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To Colesberg

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Place of interest Hotel Accommodation Camp site Caravan park

KEY TO MAP SYMBOLS International Viewpoint airport Diving Airfield Walking/hiking trail Picnic site Toll road Lighthouse Wine farm Information

Shipwreck Border post Gate Fishing Hospital

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Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan National Park
At Makgagikgadi Pans, you get a taste of what the great prehistoric lake that once covered the Kalahari Basin must have looked like (when it rains!). Generally cracked and dry and peeling, this shimmering white flatland of crusty salt is stretched taut, connecting with the sky as far as the eye can see. Nothing survives on the salty surface, but grassland flourishes at the fringes. When rivers swell with unpredictable rains, it’s these sweet grasses that initiate a massive migration of Burchell’s zebra (15 000 to 20 000) and blue wildebeest (5000+) between grassland and the Boteti River in the west. Makgagikgadi is in fact a conglomeration of pans, Sowa and Ntwetwe being the biggest, and between them are sand dunes, desert-like tracts and very striking rocky islands (Khubu being a firm favourite). Most visually inspiring – and a magnetic subject for writers, painters and early explorers – are the fat-girthed, scraggly-headed baobabs peopling some of the islands and pan fringes. Thomas Baines, David Livingstone and the expeditionary Green brothers were all lured by the islands’ mythical trees. The gaunt isolated beauty has its drawbacks. The pans hide an insidious underworld of sink holes, sludge and slurping mud which can gobble up your rims and chassis in a single wheel-turn. Dry season is best, travel in convoy (be utterly self-sufficient), stick to well-travelled roads and never cross the pans on unmarked routes. The Makgagikgadi Pans National Park area embraces the rolling grasslands, with salt pans taking up only one-fifth. Besides the plains game, hippo in the more enduring pans are a bonus. Nxai Pan National Park is just north of Makgagikgadi, separated only by the Maun to Gweta main road. Mainly waterless fossil pans here are the result of a habitat that’s been drier for longer, allowing grasses and acacias to take root. Islands of podded acacias, unique to Nxai, lend it special character. Gemsbok, red hartebeest, brown hyena and even elephant thrive in this desert habitat.
SEASONAL INFORMATION Best: dry season (May to Nov)

MAKGADIKGADI & NXAI PAN NP

NEAREST TOWN Maun NEAREST AIRPORT (BOTH PARKS) Maun SIZE Greater pans area: 12 000km2 Makgadikgadi Pans NP: 4900km2 Nxai Pan NP: 2578km2 FAUNA/FLORA 1 Elephant 2 Giraffe 3 Gemsbok 4 Eland 5 Red Hartebeest 6 Kudu 7 Brown Hyena 8 Baobab 9 Sesame Bush 10 Mokolwane Palm MAIN CONTACT DETAILS www.botswanatourism.co.bw/makgadikgadiPansgame reserve.php ACCOMMODATION INSIDE PARK Camp sites (Nxai): South Camp (Makgagikgadi): Njuca Hills (basic), Xhumaga on Boteti River Dept of Wildlife & National Parks +267 318 0774, 397 1405 (Gaborone) dwnp@gov.bw Makgagikgadi: San, Jack’s & Makgagikgadi camps www.botswanatourism.co.bw Leroo La Tau luxury lodge +267 686 1559 info@desertdelta.com www.desertdelta.com Meno A Kwena lodge www.menoakwena.com ACCOMMODATION OUTSIDE PARK Planet Baobab, Gweta Lodge www.botswanatourism.co.bw Botswana Holidays +267 686 0822/3 office@botswanaholidays.com www.botswanaholidays.com/Makgadikgadi-National-Park.htm

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Chobe National Park

Chobe District

To Kazungula

A33

Gcoverega

ZIMBABWE
Ngamiland District

N
Km Mi 20 40

Hwange National Park

Nxai Pan Game Scout Camp
Nxai Pan Gate To Maun
17

Khama Khama Kumsedisha Pan Pan North Camp South Camp Tsaugura Pan Xhooga Tsokatshaa Tshauxaba Zazane

Dotama Pan Kaucaca Pan
A33

Nxai Pan National Park

Nekati
60

Motopi

A 3

Phuduhudu
17

19

Microwave Tower
Senagom

Baines’ Baobab

1

Kudiakam Pan
66

Microwave Tower

2

Gweta

Bojatau
36

16

Zoroga

A 3

Xhugana
24

3

Nata Lodge

Gweta Rest Camp

Makolwane Gate

Makolwane Gate

H
Kauxae
52

Sokaphala

The Pyramids
Sexara
52

H

Nata

26

41

A30

Game Scout Camp

Jack's Camp

Green’s Baobab
Gusha Pan
62

Makolane
20 30

Sowa Lodge Semowane Nata Bird Sanctuary

Microwave Tower
teti
29

Xhumaga

Njuca Hills Camp

Doomokao
A32
66

To Francistown

NJUCA HILLS

San Camp

Bo

Chapman’s Baobab

Makgadikgadi Pans

Tsoe
Sukwane
43

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Tchai Gate

Fossil Reeds
Kanixao
36 30

Sowa
Mosets

Thabatshukudu

e

Magodi
40

Ntwetwe Pan

Baobab
30

Tshwagong Sowa Pan

Lepashe
Kukoro Island
Kwadiba Gate

G I D IK W

Xwatshaa

Komane

Dwaga

Guguga Gate

Kubu Island

Rakops
33

Dzibui Pan
42

Tshogautsha
36

Bote

Tshitsane Pan
ti

Ker’s Baobab
49

AN ES

Guguaga Pan
56

Tswanatsha

Nkokwane Kwaja Pan

Cum

Mopipi

Tsokotsa Pan Mopipi Pan
56

Zamekaga Rysana Pan

Matsalankwe Ntsokotsa Pan Mmatshumo

Mea Mosu Mea Pan

Ghanzi District

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

1 2

D

RID
GE

Tshwontsa Pan

4

24

Goretloaga
13

Microwave Tower
Damtshaa
70

To Francistown

Lake Xau

Orapa Letlhakane

Phaephane

A30

13

Tsorunyane

Tlalamabele

Makobaesi

Central District

Le tl

To Serowe

ha
ne ka

A14

Lobu Pan

To download a digital version of these maps, see link on page 191

20°14’4.1”S 24°46’18.9”E 20°11’41.8”S 25°15’27.9”E

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20°12’33.2”S 26°11’11.8”E 21°19’42.0”S 25°25’40.2”E

Place of interest Hotel Accommodation Camp site Caravan park

KEY TO MAP SYMBOLS International Viewpoint airport Diving Airfield Walking/hiking trail Picnic site Toll road Lighthouse Wine farm Information

Shipwreck Border post Gate Fishing Hospital

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National Parks and Reserves

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• Covers all national parks and reserves in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Lesotho

• Overview of Southern Africa with coverage of peace parks, malaria areas, time zones, cities and towns, and facts • Detailed coverage of over 300 parks and reserves, with informative text, beautiful photographs, and location maps • Information boxes covering park size, fauna and flora, nearest town and airport location, contact details, camp facilities, accommodation and seasonal information • Handy Quickfinder and index of parks

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