Serenity, tranquillity, solitude. The Kalahari offers you an extraordinary escape into a pristine and remote semi arid desert wilderness.
The Kalahari stretches across much of southern and central Africa. Its a place where true openness prevails and where the sky unfolds with featureless horizons in the distance, a place where you can hear absolute silence during the night between the distant, or close roars of a Kalahari lion.
The central Kalahari game reserve is the second largest wildlife reserve in the world, and the largest and most remotely situated game reserve in southern Africa. It envelops a mind boggling 52 800 square kilometres of land within the very heart of Botswana and the Kalahari desert, and is known for its harsh climate, magnificent but unforgiving terrain and breathtaking night skies.
Established in 1961 the central Kalahari gamereserve was originally earmarked as a sanctuary reserve for the san, the Kalahari desert original inhabitants for over 30.000 years. The original concept was to provide the san with an area large enough for them to continue to practice their hunter-gatherer way of living in peace and away from the outside world. The reserve remained closed to the public for almost 30 years under this precept, finally opening its gates to small and well controlled groups of visitors in the late eighties for the first time.
Because of these factors, the central Kalahari game reserve has remained one of the most pristine expanses of African wilderness possible to visit.
Despite having very little surface water, it supports a tremendous amount of vegetation and animal life. During and shortly after the rainy season is the best time for viewing animals, as they descend upon the sweet grass that burgeons in the northern climes. Visitors can expect to see the black maned Kalahari lion,brown hyena,leopard,cheetah,wild dog,elephant,giraffe,blue wildebeest,gemsbok,kudu,red hartebeest,eland ,ostrich,and springbok spread across the vast grasslands,pans and valleys. Travelling through the Kalahari you can expect to find everything from heavily mophane forests in the south and east to sand dunes and stunted shrubbery in the north, and thick bushveld in the central regions. How ever the Kalahari is best charactirised by vast grasslands, salt pans and shallow, fossilised river valleys.
One of the highlights is deception valley, located in north east corner of the central Kalahari where game is most abundant. Deception valley is one of the four fossilized rivervalleys that traverses the central Kalahari game reserve.