Kgalagdi Transfrontier Park
Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
88Trip End Aug 01, 2009
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The first English speaking settlers in the area came to trade with the people living in the Kalahari. The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa was established in 1931 and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana was established in 1938. These parks shared a common border.
Since 1948 there has been informal cooperation agreements between conservation agencies in Botswana and South Africa to ensure the wellbeing of animals in both parks and to control development in the area.
The two parks were officially combined in 1999 and on 12 May 2000 the new Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (now at it new size of 9 million acres) was formally opened by South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki and Botswana's President Festus Mogae and was the first Transfrontier park in Africa.