The Central Kalahari
The Central Kalahari isn't a conventional safari destination by any standard. Most of it’s been closed to the public until recent years, traditional game viewing is challenging during the regular safari season from June to October when migratory game moves north to permanent waters. The “best time to travel” is in fact the most difficult time of year when rains are expected on occasion between December and April!
One of the world's most extensive mantles of sand that extends
south into South Africa, west into Namibia and north into Angola
and Zambia. This Kalahari sand covers a hollow basin to form a flat
plain that covers nearly 70% of Botswana. This truly massive
wilderness broadly includes the Makgadikgadi and Nxai pans and
provides fascinating ecological habitats influenced by larger
geological factors and copious but very unpredictable seasonal
The "Kalahari Desert" isn't a true desert though. It's well
vegetated because of the rains but it holds no permanent water.
This results in a deep ecological challenge for flora, fauna and
the San Bushmen who've inhabited the area for over 30000 years.
The wider region includes several of Africa's remote game
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve was brought
to the world's attention through Mark and Delia Owens' book "Cry of
the Kalahari" during their research on brown hyena between 1974 and
1981. It's an ideal haunt for seasoned travellers or old Africa
hands interested in exploration and happy to take time to discover
wildlife in this harsh and unforgiving environment.
Khutse Game Reserve is a small reserve abutting
the CKGR's southern boundary. It consists mostly of some 60
calcrete pans within undulating savannah.
Gemsbok National Park, situated in the dry
south of Botswana provides excellent habitats for raptors with
nearly 50 having been listed - the oryx or gemsbok after which it
is named are best seen between March and May.
Makgadikgadi Pans are a fascinating area for
exploration best visited on a mobile safari or on horseback between
May and September.
Moremi Game Reserve is located within the Okavango Delta,
a tranquil oasis in northern Botswana often described as the
"jewel" of the Kalahari.
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