The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a true success story within the international realm of transfrontier conservation. Peace Parks Foundation is proud to say that we played a significant role in establishing this cross-border conservation area by facilitating cooperation between countries, strategic planning and implementation of key projects, and securing necessary funding.
Kgalagadi has led the pack in achieving functionality in terms of ecosystem integrity. The vastness of the Park allows the nomadic ungulate populations and their predators to stay in balance with their environment, which means there is little need for extensive management intervention.
The Park has also succesfully realized the free movement of tourists – with the Twee Rivieren (Two Rivers) joint access facility having removed the last vestiges of two separate national parks, and tourists now enter at a single facility to visit the entire park spanning the border between Botswana and South Africa, while the MataMata tourist access facility allows access via Namibia.
Kgalagadi has shaped and is implementing an efficient revenue sharing model. However a considerable amount of work is still required to unlock the economic value on the Botswana side. In this regard we continue to support the Transfrontier Park with strategic planning for joint nature-based tourism development.