The yearning is swelling within to make another long trek to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: to experience the space, the silence, the starlit skies you can almost touch, and the complete lack of connectivity with cell phones and the internet.

It can be hot and dry; the wind can whip up clouds of desert sand; it can also be icy cold. It is a remote place that has crept into my heart and tugs at me every so often. Here are some examples of why this is one of the places I love to visit:

Gemsbok are endemic to this arid region – they are such regal animals.

Springbuck appear in large herds, reminiscent of what it must have been like before senseless European hunters bagged as many as they could in the name of fun.

Spotted hyenas help clean the veld of bones and so help prevent the spread of diseases.

Blue wildebeest gather around the small, concrete-lined waterholes and seek the shade of scrawny trees during the hottest part of the day.

What a privilege it is to see a ratel / honey badger out in the open like this.

Then, of course, everyone keeps a sharp eye out for lions!



  1. I can see why you want to go there. It contains more than visions of beautiful creatures, though they are inspiring — some in their majesty, some in their usefulness, and at least one in its mysterious grace. But the emptiness, the extremes, the wide open silent night–that is something to ponder. I’m grateful for your presenting all this.


  2. Now you’ve got me hankering for another visit – couldn’t make it there this year due to Hubby needing to take it easy for a while – no long trips this year! Your honey badger is amazing


  3. Wonderful photos… I have a yearning to go on the trek with you…you make it sound like a taste of heaven… But I am on another continent so I will have to go vicariously through your journey.


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