Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The largest protected area in Botswana, Central Kalahari Game Reserve occupies a huge swath of arid land almost 33,000 miles in area at the heart of the country. To visit Central Kalahari Game Reserve is to experience a vastness rarely encountered in modern life – an apparently empty space which actually teems with life.

Although named after the Kalahari Desert, visitors to Central Kalahari Game Reserve should forget any ideas they might have of high rolling sand dunes. Here, the sands are covered in scrub forming expansive plains which support an impressive number of species.

To see Central Kalahari Game Reserve at its best, we advise coinciding your Botswanan safari with the end of the green season in February or March. Still lush from the recent rains, the Kalahari’s landscapes take on a richness which belie their desert reputation, in turn drawing in large concentrations of oryx and impala to areas such as Deception Valley, the fossilized remains of an ancient river.

When it comes to predators, the Central Kalahari is the domain of black-maned lions – some of the largest and most impressive of the species anywhere on the continent.

Only accessible to tourists for a generation and still largely unknown, there’s been no better time to explore the wonders of Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Top Botswana Travel Destinations

Chobe National Park / Kwando, Selinda, & Linyanti Reserves / Makgadikgadi Pans & Nxai Pan National Parks / Maun / Moremi Game Reserve / The Okavango Delta

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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