CENTRAL KALAHARI

CENTRAL KALAHARI

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TRAVEL TO THE CENTRAL KALAHARI

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The Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana is the largest, most remotely situated reserve in Southern Africa, and the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, covering 52 800 square kilometres. Endlessly stretching plains of waist-high golden grass are scattered with trees and scrub bushes. Wide, empty pans appear on vast white landscapes of levelled earth, meeting the startlingly blue sky above.

The reserve has one of the most unique bio-diversities in southern Africa, including concentrated populations of threatened species of animals such as the brown hyena, and is home to the black-maned lion. During and shortly after good summer rains, the grasslands in the north teem with wildlife which gathers in the best grazing regions. These include large herds of springbok and oryx, wildebeest, eland and giraffe.

This is a place where the Basarwa (San) people have lived and survived in a harsh environment for thousands of years using their primitive bow and poisoned arrows hunting skills to survive.

BEST TIMES TO GO

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January to April

Hot during the day and night, with high rainfall; migratory animals arrive in search of fresh grazing

October to December

Hot and humid with the start of the rains occurring in late December

May to June

The start of winter with warm days and cold nights; natural water resources start to dry out, grazing becomes scarce and animals start leaving the area in search of food

July to September

Extreme winter conditions with warm days and sub zero temperatures at night; only a few animals remain in the desert struggling to survive the conditions

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HIGHLIGHTS

BAINES’ BAOBABS: A stand of huge baobab trees marooned on a salt pan island.

BAINES’ BAOBABS: A stand of huge baobab trees marooned on a salt pan island.

SAFARI: Only accessible in a 4x4 off road vehicle, this region is the most remote reserve in Southern Africa and ideal for adventure pioneers.

SAFARI: Only accessible in a 4x4 off road vehicle, this region is the most remote reserve in Southern Africa and ideal for adventure pioneers.

AUTHENTIC BUSHMAN EXPERIENCE: This walk through nature with San Bushmen is a unique insight into the interaction of human skills, wildlife and plants surviving in this harsh environment.

AUTHENTIC BUSHMAN EXPERIENCE: This walk through nature with San Bushmen is a unique insight into the interaction of human skills, wildlife and plants surviving in this harsh environment.

STAR GAZING: Guides indentify constellations amidst the ‘Milky Way’ in the superb night sky which is free of light pollution.

STAR GAZING: Guides indentify constellations amidst the ‘Milky Way’ in the superb night sky which is free of light pollution.