The magnificent expanse of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a not-to-be-missed attraction when embarking on a Botswana safari. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest reserve in the world and by far the most remote reserve in southern Africa. Extending over 52,800 km² (32,808 m²) of arid bushveld, the reserve is home to rhino, black-maned lion and desert-adapted elephants, among other striking game species.
Considered to be more of a semi-desert, the reserve encompasses an array of habitats, from grasslands to scrubland to savanna. Throughout the reserve, travellers are reminded of a more bountiful period in Kalahari history, one where rain fell in abundance and temperatures less extreme. Now days, fossil riverbeds crisscross the reserve.
After the wet season, the reserve becomes a hive of activity for large herds of plains game such as springbok and gemsbok. Guests will also be treated to wonderful sightings of wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, giraffe, cheetah and the legendary black-maned lion.
During the dryer months, the Kalahari reveals wide, desolate pans, which offer exceptional photographic opportunities. The reserve is well-known for providing awe-inspiring stargazing experiences as well as for its most notable attractions such as Deception Valley, the Sunday and Leopard Pans, Passage Valley and Piper’s Pan.