Mabuasehube

The remote Mabuasehube which is part of the Kalahari Transfrontier Park and situated in the east of the park. Mabuasehube covers an area of about 1800 km2. In 1992 the reserve was incorporated into the Gemsbok National Park, and in 2000 it was also integrated into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

The unforgiving desert terrain is a mixture of typical Kgalagadi tree and shrub savanna with patches of wide open grass savanna. This area of the Kalahari Transfrontier Park comprises a series of exceptionally large pans, which are the principle focus of the reserve. Campsites dot the various pans, and many are situated on slight promontories, giving almost unimpeded vision, thus making for good game viewing right from your camp-side chair.

Each pan is different. The floor of Mabuasehube pan is bare clay that is rich in salts, and this attracts animals that come to lick the surface, deriving essential minerals from it. The floor of Bosobogolo pan is short, shrubby grassland, which antelope frequent to graze, accompanied, of course, by predators. During the rainy season (November until March) the pans may contain water and this is a welcome blessing for the wildlife.

All of the major predators can be seen at Mabuasehube, including the Kalahari black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, bat-eared fox, lynx, and silver fox. Small mammals, like the Cape fox, aardwolf and blackfooted cat can be seen at the pans in the evening.

Tours that visit Mabuasehube