Kgalagadi Transfrontier – Nossob 4×4 ecotrail
An entrance to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
The Nossob 4×4 ecotrail is a part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a vast wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana and South Africa, bordering Namibia to the west. It’s characterized by red dunes and dry rivers so typical of the area bordering the Succulent Karoo Biome and the Nama Karoo Biome. The general plant characteristics provide a very distinctive appearance or visual signature that is specific to this extensive ecological unit. The Succulent Karoo Biome is confined to the west of South Africa. It is situated to the North of the Cape Fold Belt Mountains, essentially the Biome along the South African west coast and inland. Most of the biome is composed of flat undulating plains, with some hilly and broken rocky areas. Mammals of the Succulent Karoo Biome consist of brown hyaena, caracal, springbok, suricate, meerkat, and species of mole rat, good sightings of these are possible at most of the designated camp sites because of the availability of water. While the overlapping Nama Karoo Biome is the second largest biome in southern Africa, the rain falls mainly in summer and varies between 70 and 520 mm per year. The Nama Karoo does not have a particularly rich flora although there is a mixture of life forms The dominant vegetation is grassy, dwarf shrubland. Wildlife includes migrating herds of Wildebeest, large herds of Eland, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, plus predators like raptors and black-maned Kalahari lions, brown Hyaena and Black-backed Jackal. Other common species are the Honey Badger, Striped Polecat, Suricate and Yellow Mongoose. We offer a professionally guided, fully catered catered 4×4 African safari through this area.
The 4×4 Eco-trail from Mabuasehube to Nossob is a two day trail that has a designated overnight camping spot located at Mossomane campsite overlooking the Pan. Two vehicles are required to do the trail together because of the remoteness and obvious danger involved if one car breaks down or gets stuck.