Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. Its star attractions include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the worlds best cheetah viewing.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a vast flat expanse of scrub-covered fossil dunes between ancient river valleys it has a fascinating spectrum of very different plants and animals. With the rains (Nov-April), the desert comes to life, with hordes of plains game followed by numbers of predators, producing some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Botswana

The Kalahari: where to stay

There are only 2 camps in the park; Tau Pan owned by Kwando Safaris and Kalahari Plains owned by Wilderness Safaris. These two companies are the best in Botswana so guests can expect the usual high standards of guiding and lodging when staying here.

The Kalahari: when to go

The seasons here work in opposition to those of Botswana’s big game areas, so the Central Kalahari is in peak safari season during the early months of the year. January, February and March see herds coming down from Northern Botswana for the nutritious grazing to be found around the Pans and the Kalahari. This is a peak time for the zebra migration. When the region dries out however, from the beginning of June onwards, there are still pockets of game to be found and the famous resident meerkats and brown hyena are easily located.  And since much of the appeal of the Makgadikgadi is the desolation of its landscape, as opposed to its big game viewing, this is really a year-round destination.


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Kalahari Game Reserve - Reviews

Kalahari: Kalahari Plains was certainly worth visiting, not least to see the rather unusual mix of wildlife and terrain. Whilst much of the terrain was surprisingly green, it is misleading - the lack of reliable surface water appears to restrict what can survive there to mostly the specialists. We saw the black maned lions, and had several unexpected sightings such as Eland. Vast numbers of Oryx! The camp itself was fairly average by Wilderness standards.
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