Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a pristine expanse of wilderness that captivates with its raw beauty and natural wonders. Spanning over 52,800 square kilometers, this remote sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Its expansive plains, dotted with acacia trees and unique desert-adapted flora, provide a stunning backdrop for observing a diverse array of wildlife, including the iconic black-maned Kalahari lions, graceful giraffes, and elusive cheetahs.

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Experience the Magic of the Kalahari Desert

Smaller and more elusive animals are best seen here, such as wildcat, aardwolf, honey badger, porcupine, and meerkat. The birdlife is outstanding, especially in the rainy summer months, when the saltpans undergo a stunning transformation into a breeding ground for immense flocks of migratory birds, including thousands of flamingos.

This region is also home to the San people, nomadic hunter-gatherers who are considered to have been the first inhabitants of the area and who have been living in the arid desert 20,000 years. Also known as ‘Bushmen,’ this incredible tribe still live as they did centuries ago, moving seasonally within specifically defined areas in search of fresh water and food.

Join Magical Africa on a tailor-made safari to the Kalahari Desert and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and visit local San villages to experience the ancient customs and traditions of these amazing people. Follow the barking calls of hyena or lion at night on guided safari game drives as you go in search of nocturnal animals, or take to the bush on foot and track herds of elephant or smaller game with expert trackers.

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Explore The Central Kalahari

Lying in the heart of northern Botswana, the Kalahari Desert is a striking contrast to the verdant Okavango and Linyanti regions and a must-see for those who wish to experience the full extent of Botswana’s diversity. Made up of golden grasslands and seasonal wetlands, rolling dunes and vast, arid saltpans, the desert is a surprisingly fertile environment and home to a unique population of desert-adapted fauna and flora.

The main park in the region is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, whose spectacular landscapes and scenery are complemented by a plethora of wildlife, ranging from an array of antelope species such as eland, gemsbok, and springbok, as well as bigger game like herds of wildebeest, zebra, and tall giraffe. Famous for their magnificent black manes, the enormous black-maned Kalahari lion is a formidable predator, while other big cats like solitary cheetah and leopard, along with packs of barking hyena, and African wild dogs play second fiddle.

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Discover The Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari in Botswana is a vast and captivating wilderness that spans approximately 52,000 square kilometers. This expansive area is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including rhinos, black-maned lions, and desert-adapted elephants, making it a paradise for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. The region’s iconic landscape, characterized by rolling sand dunes and sparse vegetation, provides a unique backdrop for unforgettable safari experiences. Despite being labeled a “desert,” the Central Kalahari boasts a rich and diverse ecosystem, offering rare and exceptional wildlife sightings amidst its true wilderness, making it a must-visit for nature lovers and intrepid travelers.


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