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South Africa - Across Northern Cape Province I

Published: 19.4.2019
In today's trip to South Africa, we head to the Northern Cape province, known for its primeval wall paintings, off-road safaris, diamonds, and especially the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

This park covers over 3.6 million hectares, almost half of the Czech Republic. The area of the park is largely covered by dunes of red sand, sporadic vegetation and the dry riverbed of the rivers Aubob and Nossob, because this region is not too rich in rainfall. The average rainfall is 200 mm between January and April. In summer, temperatures easily reach 40 degrees Celsius. On the contrary, in the winter, many days are sunny and temperatures fall below freezing.

červené duny   park Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi is a great place for all fans of ornithology, especially if they are fond of predators because they will be able to see eagles, falcons and more. If you like watching other animals, you will also enjoy. You will see honey badgers, antelope, wildebeest, eared dogs, etc.

Park trips are easy to drive, so there's no need to rent a four-wheel drive car. When you move between campsites, where you can sleep, we recommend taking a trip before noon to make sure you arrive before sunset, as it is forbidden to travel after dark. We also recommend having a telescope and a camera at hand.

Namaqua National Park

We will leave the Kgalagadi and head to the next big park, Namaqua National Park. He is also a feast for the eyes. Thanks to its colorful flora, you will click the camera a hundred and six, especially from the beginning of August to September. Seemingly snapping his fingers, the dusty landscape turns into a beautiful garden that flourishes during the winter rains. The park is home to more than 3 500 species of flowers. Approximately  1 000 of them are located only here.

Fish River Canyon

Third, we look at the Namibian border, the Ai-Ais Richtersveld National Park with its high mountain ranges and eye-catching scenery. However, the local nature is inhospitable. Water is rare here, and the only moisture that helps maintain local life comes from the morning mist. This makes it possible for small lizards, birds and mammals to survive, as well as the flora you will not find anywhere else. And here is the second largest canyon in the world, the Fish River Canyon, which stretches for incredible 90 kilometers.Fish River Canyon

But we are not leaving the Northern Cape, we will see more next Friday ...


GPS: (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) 26°28'19.8"S 20°36'38.0"E

Text: Maxim Kucer

Photos: Wikipedia.org: Bougnat87, RudiBosbouer, Rudibosbouer (2), Malapo Country Lodge, Winfried Bruenken

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