Holidays to the Central Kalahari

Covering almost two thirds of Botswana, the sprawling Kalahari Desert is a unique wilderness of dry grassland and acacia forests. While the terrain can be difficult and seemingly inhospitable, the area supports a diverse range of wildlife and flora. After the summer rains the land completely transforms as the blue sky fills with huge clouds, and the plains and pans burst with sweet grasses.

Giraffe and wildebeest at Kalahari Plains Camp Tau Pan scene following a storm on safari holidays to the Central Kalahari Gemsbok and Giraffe at Kalahari plains camp
  • The famous black-maned Kalahari lion
  • The illusion inducing Deception Pan
  • One of the best places in Africa for stargazing
  • Meeting the fascinating locals, the San Bushmen
  • A unique semi-desert landscape
  • Sightings of desert adapted animals, such as springbok, brown hyena and gemsbok.

This is one of the best game-viewing areas in Botswana at this time of year with migratory animals such springbok, zebra and wildebeest numbering in their thousands. Predators abound with plentiful lions - especially the famous Kalahari black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard and jackals. The dry season (May-September) is also a wonderful time to visit the area as the animals congregate close to any surface water and pans. Game drives, led by experienced guides, are the best way to take in the wildlife spectacle.

There are also geographical points of interest - the fascinating Deception Valley amongst them. Left largely unexplored until zoologists Mark and Delia Owens began to charter it back in the 1970's, this area is vast, remote and isolated. A famous feature of the Valley is the illusion inducing Deception Pan, the blue grey clay of which makes the completely dry pan appear filled with water: something best experienced from the air.

In spite of its natural beauty holidays to the Central Kalahari would be nothing without meeting the local Bushman people. Their knowledge of the landscape is unrivalled and their unique survival skills and way of life is legendary.

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