3. Scan the dunes and ridges
One of the biggest mistakes that visitors to the Kgalagadi make, is to search only the Auob and Nossob riverbeds. Though the riverbed vegetation usually attracts a lot of prey species like springbok, blue wildebeest and gemsbok, it’s from the dunes that predators get the best outlooks to observe them. Lions, leopards and cheetahs all use the higher areas as vantage points to search for prey, so make sure you look carefully on all the dune crests, between the tall tufts of grass, and especially along the calcrete ridges for leopards.
4. Look closely
There’s one big disadvantage in trying to cover ground fast – you’ve got very little chance of spotting camouflaged animals, of which there are many in the Kgalagadi. So, on those days when you’re not trying to see as many waterholes as possible or staking out your favourite drinking place, drive very slowly and scan every rock, bush, fallen branch and tree canopy carefully. Challenge yourself to spot the invisible and you’re bound to see something special. Leopards, African wild cats, Verreaux’s eagle-owls, Cape cobras and many more, smaller creatures are all there to be seen and photographed, often very close to the road.