Kalahari Desert 2015
Visiting South Africa in 2015, we decided to include in our trip a visit to the Kalahari desert. We started our visit flying from Johannesburg to Upington where we entered the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks:
- Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa
- Gemsbok National Park in Botswana
The total area of the park is 38,000 km2. Approximately three-quarters of the park lie in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa.
Kgalagadi means "place of thirst."
Animals that have adapted to the extremely dry conditions in the Kalahari include meerkats, gemsbok, springbok, Kalahari lion, Cheetah, brown hyena, foxes and many others
The Kalahari's endemic wildlife species have adapted either to survive many days without water or to obtain water from plants.
Numerous other birds and mammals utilize the desert, but most are migratory, venturing into the Kalahari only when adequate water is present.
For a photographer, it is a paradise. Normally good views in the open with very special beautiful light. In general birds and animals are not especially shy, which means another great point....
Below a selection of photographs taken during this trip. Hovering over the image you will see a toolbar at the bottom where you can start a slideshow if you wish to do so.
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South Africa - Kalahari Desert 2015
We were lucky to get really good views of this bird. It flew in and stayed quite a while around
Burchell's Sandgrouse is very common in the Kalahari. The best views one can get in the early morning or in the afternoon when the birds are coming to the waterholes for a drink
This is probably a young bird of which I don't know the name.
A beautiful Shrike quite common in the Kalahari and not too difficult to photograph.
Male Ground Agama
A very nice photogenic lizard
Northern Black Korhaan
This is a male, often displaying very nicely of the female is around
Often hanging around near the waterholes to see if an imprudent bird can be caught
A juvenile bird showing nicely for the photograph (as most juveniles do)
Very pretty small finch. common in the Kalahari Desert
Living in open dry country, but also open woodland, grass veld and dunes. Availability of water is not essential
This is an adult. Taken by surprise from 4 meters distance on its roosting place
This is a female bird. The male does not have the rufous chest
Kalahari Scrub Robin
Chased away from a waterhole by a Gabar Goshawk
Young bird trying to get a Sandgrouse near a waterhole, but not with great success
Pale Chanting Ghoshawk
Most common raptor in the southern part of the Kalahari Desert
Starting the landing procedure to a waterhole to have a drink and maybe a small snack
Difficult to see and only in the dark. This one came to drink and we got it during a night safari
Lions are easy to find, but during the day most of them are lying under a tree. We were lucky with these ones
A near Endemic for South Africa
Spotted Eagle Owl
A common Owl also easy to photograph during the day, knowing its roosting site
Biggest Bustard and very common in the Kalahari desert
Can be find in open arid plains (as the Kalahari Desert). Surface water is not essential, but as you can see very well appreciated