The Kalahari

Covering around 80% of Botswana and extending in to both Namibia and South Africa, the Kalahari Desert is a vast expanse of untouched African beauty. Founded to conserve the endangered human culture of the indigenous San people of the area, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is incredibly important to Botswana’s national identity. This desert environment is the San’s natural habitat and your visit and interaction with these unique people will be something very special. They have been nomadic residents in and around this area for thousands of years and now live in settlements within the Reserve.??Vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds characterize the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Located in the Kalahari Desert in the central part of Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in Botswana and at 5 million hectares, the second largest in the world.

Seemingly untouched by the modern world, the Central Kalahari offers fantastic seasonal game viewing and the opportunity to witness firsthand its rich diversity of animal inhabitants who have miraculously adapted to the trying conditions. The best time to visit is during the rainy summer season when the concentration of wildlife has increased dramatically. The winter season offers the chance to interact with the San people and experience the still tranquility of the desert.

For the game enthusiasts, expect to see wildebeest, steenbok, red hartebeest and gemsbok grazing on the vegetated dune belt while the famous black-maned lions (native to the region), leopard, brown hyena and one of the highest concentration of cheetah in Southern Africa keep tabs. The Kalahari Plains Camp is situated perfectly, overlooking an immense pan that animals frequent – all while providing luxurious accommodation in the desert setting. The beautiful skies and endless horizons of the Central Kalahari are yours to explore!

 

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TSWALU – The Motse

Tswalu – The Motse

The ultimate in elegance and luxury, The Motse is the main retreat of the Oppenheimers situated in the Tswalu Game Reserve in the Kalahari.  The lodge is located in the Korannaberg Mountains, and it provides expansive vistas across the Kalahari plains.  The name Motse means ‘village’ in Tswana, and the lodge is made up of a number of legae which means ‘little house’.  The Motse is newly remodelled by the legendary Boyd Ferguson, and presents décor in a fantastical blend of African object d’art and modern furnishings.  The ambience is stylish and graceful combined with the primal qualities of Africa.

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Tswalu – Tarkuni

To experience the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Tswalu Tarkuni is the true embodiment of exclusivity and luxury.  This exclusive lodge is a personal retreat of the Oppenheimer family, and offers unequalled standard in elegance, style and comfort.  The lodge is situated in Tswalu Kalahari, which is the largest private game reserve in South Africa.  The lodge provides a sanctuary of tranquillity in the desert surroundings, and is one of the most exclusive lodges in the world.  It is suitable for groups or families and the intimacy is preserved by providing accommodation for a maximum of ten guests only.

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Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp

On your next African safari you should book into Kalahari Plains Camp for a truly memorable experience in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.  Here you can very close to nature while you experience the remoteness of a camp in the African desert.  Game viewing here is diverse and there is a high rate of cheetah viewing.  You can also interaction with the San Bushmen who are native to this area and benefit from their holistic understanding of nature, local wildlife and ecology.  The seasonal changes and the diverse habitat also offer a great variety of animals and birds.

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Deception Valley Lodge

Deception Valley Lodge

If you are looking for something truly unique in the Kalahari, you will not be disappointed by Deception Valley Lodge.  Here, at this luxury oasis in the middle of the Kalahari you can interact with the Bushmen and learn from their vast knowledge of the surroundings and the wildlife.  The lodge is located near to the Okavango Delta which offers prolific wildlife and bird life, and even star gazing here is better than most places.  Combining this experience with visits to the nearby Delta or the Victoria Falls will truly ensure that your African safari remains a most treasured memory!

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Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Look amongst the shade of the trees on Brown Hyena Island and you’ll find Camp Kalahari’s luxury bush camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Ten en suite Meru-style tents offer guests an authentic taste of Africa, blended with colonial splendour. Known for its dramatic sunsets and vast, starry skies, the Kalahari envelopes visitors with the wonders of nature. Bushman trackers guide the bush walks, giving adventurers a chance to interact up-close with the legendary Kalahari meerkats. Game drives allow guests to explore the endless African plains, revealing wildlife and the majestic Baobab trees that break the horizon.

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Tau Pan Camp

Tau Pan Camp

Do you want something out of the ordinary during your next African safari to Botswana?  Are you looking for the ultimate in game viewing combined with a complete understanding of the local nature and wildlife?  Then Tau Pan Camp in the Kalahari is the perfect place for you to go! The first camp in the Kalahari Game Reserve, Tau Pan is built with environment and ecology in mind.  Electricity is provided by solar panels and water is pumped from deep underneath the Kalahari Desert.  Waste water goes to a modern sewerage facility and cleaned water is returned to the environment.

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