Don't let the name fool you, the Kalahari is far more than the traditional desert experience. Quite dissimilar to the neighbouring Namib, the Kalahari covers a vast array of landscapes and isn't simply defined by swirling red dunes. The Kalahari, while arid, has the ability to support a wider variety of life thanks to higher levels of rainfall and greener vegetation, with short grasses and Camelthorn trees dotting parts of the hinterland.
In spite of the reasonably harsh conditions found in this part of the world, life still manages to find a way. The desert is home to a number of species; unexpected diversity is very much the Kalahari's ace up its sleeve. Stalking the plains there's the chance sighting of lion, notable in the area for their distinctive black manes. Cute meerkats are joined by a variety of plains game, including oryx, kudu, giraffe and hartebeest. There's also the chance to see slightly more elusive residents such as pangolin and porcupine.
On holidays to the Kalahari discover the traditional home of the San Bushmen, with many of these fascinating people still living in the area. From certain camps excursions to a Bushman village are possible. During these trips you not only have the chance to meet the people but gain an incredible insight into their way of life; discovering how they hunt, which plants are used for medicinal purposes and how they survive in the unforgiving semi-desert. The Kalahari is an interesting alternative to the Namib and certainly a unique addition to an itinerary.
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Surrounded by rolling dunes, escape from the outside world to the Southern Kalahari. From the property visit a San Bushman village and discover their unique way of life.
Ideally set between two sand dunes in the Kalahari desert, Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is surrounded b a wildlife sanctuary where guests enjoy game drives as well as desert and cultural activities.
Kalahari Anib Lodge is a large lodge appealing to groups but taking in individual travellers. It is a brilliant stopover enroute to the south, whilst also allowing its guests to take in the beauty of the Kalahari desert.
Suricate Kalahari Tented Camp hosts its guests in comfortable safari tents amidst the red dunes of the ancient Kalahari Desert. It particularly suits those that wanting to take it easy for a couple of nights.
Zebra Kalahari Lodge is a relaxing place to stay for a couple of nights in the Kalahari, offering fun activities and pretty scenery.
This working farm and lodge, with permanent spring, is situated on the banks of the Auob River, making is a beautiful oasis in the dryness of the Kalahari Desert.
Found in the Kalahari Desert, this unique property offers traditional accommodation and superb activities with the chance to explore the Kalahari's dunes and valleys with a two day trek.
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