Originally only home to the bushman, or San people, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve has recently become a place that can be visited by wildlife enthusiasts like us. With a unique climate and landscape, it is a game reserve like no other in Botswana or, in fact, the whole of Africa.
As this game reserve’s name suggests, it is found within the Kalahari Desert, in Botswana, and is a very large national park. Covering a little over 50,000 square kilometres it is measured as the second largest game reserve in the world. It is also one of the more remote game reserves in Africa, and is therefore perfect for anyone seeking a rare and very real safari adventure.
Although you may only imagine a huge, sandy area with no water when you think of a desert, the Kalahari is actually a great expanse of golden grasses, scrub bushes and dwarfed trees. Its number of varied habitats, including ancient riverbeds, acacia tree forests, mophane forests, open plains, flat bushveld and saltpans, make it a very interesting place to explore in search of wildlife. The pans are wide and empty, and huge flat surfaces of white that seem to stretch out until they meet with the sky on the far side. This, together with the occasional sand dunes, shallow fossil river valleys, silvery sandveldt and various other unique characteristics of the Kalahari, always seems to mesmerise first-time visitors.