A safari experience that is one of the wildest and most remote in Africa.

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.

Featured Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp offers one of the the finest summer wildlife safaris in Africa.

Trip Inspiration featuring Botswana

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Stay at Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp is situated in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers one of the the finest summer wildlife safaris in Africa. With the advent of the summer rains (end of November to April) the desert truly comes to life when Springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest converge in their hundreds and thousands to feed and this attracts predators such as the famous Kalahari black-maned lion and cheetah.

The camp comprises 10 en-suite canvas units each with a rooftop lookout from which to enjoy the night skies. The main area consists of a lounge, dining area and central bar with a separate swimming pool and deck area. The tents and main area are all elevated to allow for better air circulation and to take in the sweeping views. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and the innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside the units comfortable.

Guest Feedback
"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

Carrie | South Africa & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, South Africa & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"We visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. The accommodations were next level. There are no adequate words to describe the experience in the bush with the Big 5 and beyond. The people are the most gracious, appreciative, and kind I’ve ever encountered. If you want a worry free, experience of a lifetime you must use Timelines Africa. I can’t wait to go back!!"

Chari-Beth, USA | South Africa, Zambia & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

Carrie | South Africa & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Our experiences were overwhelmingly wonderful and we will treasure so many memories forever. We were extremely lucky to see so many animals that are not easy to see including, leopard, cheetah and the African painted dogs – what made it so authentic was watching the trackers and guides enjoy the surprise of many experiences with us."

Mike & Frances | Zimbabwe, South Africa & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"We visited South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. The accommodations were next level. There are no adequate words to describe the experience in the bush with the Big 5 and beyond. The people are the most gracious, appreciative, and kind I’ve ever encountered. If you want a worry free, experience of a lifetime you must use Timelines Africa. I can’t wait to go back!!"

Chari-Beth, USA | South Africa, Zambia & Botswana Trip

Guest Feedback
"Everything was incredible, even better than the first trip. We knew Mala Mala [in the Sabi Sand, South Africa] was a special place, and now we have added Xaranna [in the Okavango Delta, Botswana] to our list… it was pure magic. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience."

Carrie | South Africa & Botswana Trip