Central Kalahari GR

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About Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is Botswana’s biggest reserve and is situated in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. This is pure, untrammeled wilderness. The inhospitable desert habitat doesn’t support the wide variety of safari animals found in greener destinations – but sightings in this arid landscape are special.

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Pros and Cons
  • Adventurous wilderness destination
  • Off-the-beaten-track and little visited
  • Stunning desert scenery
  • Chance to see striking Kalahari black-maned lions
  • Very little accommodation in and outside the park
  • Self-drive visitors exploring the interior of the park need to be totally self-sufficient
  • Limited animal species
  • It is very hot and dry
  • Limited tracks inside the park


Big herds of desert-adapted antelope, such as springbok and oryx, can be seen walking along the dunes. Predators are easy to spot on the plains. The Kalahari black-maned lions are particularly stunning, and cheetah thrive in this open country. Lucky visitors might come across a pack of wild dogs.
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The scenery can be monotonous but the endless horizons – as the sun gets low in the sky and afternoon colors soften – are mesmerizing. The landscape is a mix of straggly bushes, including the desert-adapted silver terminalia, patches of acacias, pans and fossil riverways interspersed with dunes. In the Wet season, the inter-dune valleys transform to green.

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By Ian from United KingdomGB

The journey to the Central Kalahari is quite long with around 45 miles on metaled roads followed by a similar distance on a dead straight, sandy track. Once at the Northern gate, the remainder of the journey is a game drive to wherever the camp has b... Full review

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