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Kalahari Desert Safaris

Why visit the Kalahari Desert?

In Botswana’s Kalahari you will find wide open dramatic desert scenery, more wildlife than you might expect in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve such as gerenuk, zebras, brown hyenas and lions, and it is the place you can learn something of the indigenous tribe of the San Bushmen. It’s fascinating and unusual.
The reasons to visit include:

  • The Kalahari is a vast arid area of grasslands, salt pans and acacia woodland.
  • The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and brown hyenas, to plains game such as wildebeest, hartebeest and gemsbok.
  • An excellent green season destination (Nov-March).
  • Very few places to stay, but many are very interesting and some are very luxurious lodges.
  • Some mobile camping safaris spend time exploring this region.
  • Take a scenic flight to arrive in the Kalahari.
  • Deception Valley in the north of the reserve was made famous by the book ‘The Cry of the Kalahari’ by Mark and Delia Owens.
  • Meet and learn from San Bushmen.

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When to go on safari to the Kalahari

Green season in the Kalahari is November to March when the desert transforms into lush grasslands with seasonal waterholes attracting thousands of antelopes. Predators are of course hard on their heels so this is a good time for game viewing in the Kalahari.

Most people find the dry season, especially from about July to October, too hot to be in the desert, though if you cope with heat generally, most of the lodges are well-built to help you deal with the heat once inside their walls.

A Kalahari Safari: How to do it.

You will either come to the desert on a fly-in lodge safari or on a mobile camping safari. You can fly here from Maun on one of the small aircraft which fly between all (or most of) the lodges in Botswana, a bit like a flexible bus circuit.

Most people will stay at least 3 nights to make the most of flying down here and giving you 2 full days. At your chosen lodge, resident guides will take you out usually twice a day to explore the desert and the wildlife by 4x4, and you can take walking safaris with San Bushmen at most lodges too. Such walks are really fascinating and very well worth it.

Accommodation in the Kalahari

We work with some very good lodges in the Kalahari, all of which we like for different reasons. Tau Pan and Kalahari Plains are both within the Game Reserve near some particularly good areas of the park. Deception valley Lodge is in a private reserve just outside of the park in the north and has a great reputation and offers game drives and great walks with San Bushmen. Grassland Safari Lodge, in the west, is the place to come if you want to have more contact with San Bushmen, and Edo’s Camp is a deluxe camp also in the west.

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Time: GMT +2hrs

Flight time: Overnight flights to Johannesburg then connections to Maun, total flying time about 13 hours.

Language: The official language is English. Tswana is spoken widely.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the north.

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