Reflecting on our time in Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Black and white image of a cheetah's face

That, folks, is the end of my Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park Trip Report. I only wish I would have been there for longer so I’d have more experiences to share.

I’ve loved sharing it with you… it’s helped me relive memories and kept my passion for Africa well and truly alive. Needless to say, we will be back to KTP, it has captured our hearts and our souls and it is one of the few places in the world that we hope to return too time and time again!

I thought it’d be a fitting end to share with you my top 5 experiences and some photos that didn’t naturally ‘fit’ into the trip report.

My top 5 experiences:

1. Braaiing! I cannot communicate just how much it means to me (a ‘city career’ girl) to be able to stand in the open air, getting smoky, with hair unbrushed and feeling the sand brush against my face in the wind whilst making a fire and braaing. It’s the real me, one few people see and one I have so little chance to embrace at the moment. It makes me feel alive, it reminds me that gadgets, gizmos and designer dresses are not the ‘norm’, that I am a nature lover who thrives on the great outdoors…and I am proud of it.

2. The cheetah chase….not because of what we saw (which was amazing!) but because we were ‘brave enough’ to take a risk and make a decision to leave a sighting to find the herd and see what would happened. It was a huge gamble and one that, thankfully, paid off.

3. Killiekrankie camp (killie) – isolation and solitude at its best. The perfect mix of luxury and wilderness. The sunrises and sunsets tore my heart in two when I realised this was a limited time sighting, on that I would have to live without at the end of the holiday.

4. Finding the barn owls in the water tank at Killie. Not the ‘idyllic’ wildlife sighting, but I was so, so, so close to the bird I most admire and I was crying into the lens with joy. It was overwhelming to be so close to a dream sighting and for the owl to be so at ease with my presence.

5. This is going to sound really odd…..but to stand at the KTP entry point with one foot in Botswana and one in South Africa was surreal. I have always wanted to visit Botswana..the travel brochures and websites do a great job of making it sound like an impenetrable water world that’s VERY expensive to navigate/ visit and impossible to visit on a self drive – and here I was, at a border post, with my right toes peeping into this country that had been on my wish list for many years!

This probably presents a very different view of the Marie Knock that’s written the trip report to date, but I hope it communicates just how much I love being in Africa….despite being an amateur wildlife photographer, it’s not only the wildlife sightings that keep me returning, it’s the country too!

And what’s next? ….. well, we’ve sold our house and are buying a place further from a city and closer to nature….the main criteria being I have a have a garden where I can braai daily.

Here’s a few photos that didn’t ‘fit’ into the TR, but I thought you might like to see them…

A close up of a cheetah's face covered in blood 

All these photos from KTP and more are also available in our TarajiBlue Kalahari photo gallery.

My  Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park Trip Report is available in full here.

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