Central Kalahari

Located in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world covering 5 million hectares. With a wide variety of wildlife and breath-taking natural beauty, the region offers a safari experience that is one of the wildest and most remote in Africa.

Characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds, no trip to Botswana is complete without a visit to this seemingly harsh landscape. From the sand dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area, the landscape is surprisingly varied, with heavily-wooded Mophane forests to the south and east. This variety of habitats allows for superior African wildlife safaris and spectacular game viewing. The main wildlife concentrations are to be found in the northern half of this vast reserve, with an abundance of giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu, red hartebeest and springbok.

The region also has a rich cultural heritage waiting to be explored. The Basarwa, or San people, have been resident in and around this area for thousands of years. Originally nomadic hunters and gatherers, the lifestyle of the Basarwa has gradually changed with the times and visitors can now discover the San’s traditional way of life with tours and trips to their settlements.

For those who wish to delve into the vast splendour of Africa, the Central Kalahari offers up a wilderness atmosphere, wide open spaces, and some of the most isolated and awe-inspiring natural beauty on the continent.

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