Central Kalahari

Bushmen family in the Kalahari desert


The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the ultimate in 'remote' safari destinations. It spans an area of over 50,000km², most of which is inaccessible. It was, until very recently, closed to the public, although there have always been small groups of Bushmen living in the reserve.

Even now, this region is seen by only a handful of visitors every year. The Central Kalahari is probably at its most enticing when travel there is most difficult: in the first few months of the year. At this time, the beautiful inter-dune valleys become lush with vegetation, attracting thousands of springbok and gemsbok. You'll also find good numbers of ostrich and giraffe, herds of wildebeest, beautiful cheetah and the Kalahari's famous black-maned lions. Leopard and brown hyena are common residents too, though very rarely seen.

The Central Kalahari is within the semi-arid Kgalagadi area that covers a full 84 percent of Botswana’s land area. A land of singular, often hidden, beauty, the Kgalagadi is intensely alive with an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life. It has broad variations in vegetation, supporting several savanna types, namely grass, shrub and tree savanna.

The Kalahari is also home to the San Bushmen, the first people of this land. Guests who travel to the Kalahari will have the opportunity to interact, walk and witness ways that the San have survived for millennia in this fascinating environment.

For more details about trips within the Kalahari, please contact us on: res@okavangoexplorers.com

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