The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is one of the largest reserves in southern Africa; with stunning semi-arid desert scenery, endless horizons, and diverse wildlife.

In the wetter season, between December and April, this area consists of flat grassy plains, teaming with flowers, birds, insects. From December to April the CKGR offers some of the best game viewing in Botswana. Large herds of gemsbok and springbok as well as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, and giraffe are prominent. Predators are plentiful with cheetah, leopard, jackal, and the famous Kalahari black-maned lion on the prowl. Brown hyenas, bat eared foxes, honey badger and wild dogs also abound. From May to November, the dry season months, the CKGR becomes a harsh and dusty environment and many animals migrate away in search of water. The Central Kalahari is also home to the San Bushmen and some camps offer the chance to visit with and learn from local communities.

As a result of these seasonal shifts, while we would absolutely recommend this area during the migration season (November through April), during the dry season (May through November), we would recommend the Makgadikgadi area instead. The Makgadikgadi also offers a desert/arid-land experience to pair with the lush vegetation of northern Botswana but offers more dry seaons activities including quad-biking and meerkat interactions.

Our favorite camps in the Kalahari are Kalahari Plains Camp and Tau Pan Camp.

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