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CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME RESERVE

The Game Reserve covers about 52,800 sq km. It is the largest game reserve in Botswana and the second largest game reserve in the world.  The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is situated in the central part of Botswana.  This area is one of the largest protected areas in Africa and is an arid vista of open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. The Bushmen (Basarwa or San) have resided in and around the Central Kalahari Game Reserve for thousands of years. Most of the Basarwa have live in settlements, mostly within the Southern half of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, however the Botswana Government is trying to persuade the people to move to areas outside of the reserve in order to be provided with modern facilities.

The landscape is characterized by sand dune with different species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area.  In the Southern part it is more heavily wooded, with mophane forests. The annual rainfall is sporadic and can vary from between 170 – 700 mm per year. The summer rainfall is between November and April.  The dry season is during our winter months, which is between May and October. From August, the temperatures start rising making it very hot, dry and dusty. There is little water and limited animals in this area during this time.

Most of the wildlife concentration is in the Northern part of the reserve and the best time to view game including giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu, red hartebeest and springbok, is between December and April. The animals tend to congregate in the pans and valleys. The three most famous pans are Pipers Pans, Sundays Pan and Deception Valley Pan.  

Accommodation
1. Deception Valley Lodge borders the Central Kalari National Park in central Botswana and can be reached by air or road.

2. Kalahari Plains Camp has six Meru-style en-suite tents and is positioned in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. You can get there by air or road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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