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Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Covering 52800 sq. km (20400 sq. mi), the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is larger than the Netherlands and the second-largest game reserve in the world. The semi-arid shrub savanna is interspersed with huge grasslands that nourish large herds of herbivores, attracting many predators.

The area is well known for black-maned lions and cheetah sightings. Due to its remote location and massive size, visitors are awed by the sense of pure wilderness. For this reason, too, there are only a few private lodges and campsites, so one is likely to encounter few people at all. Aside from game viewing, it is also possible to have an ethical, cultural experience with the region’s indigenous San people.

For those that book a tour to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with a reputable operator, practically every aspect of the vacation is taken care of, from transport to meals and activities. Private lodges are typically reached by charter flight, with all-inclusive rates. Self-drive visitors are cautioned to do extensive planning as infrastructure and services in and around Central Kalahari Game Reserve are incredibly scarce. A well-equipped and well-provisioned 4×4 vehicle is a necessity, and travelling in a convoy is highly recommended. The ‘easiest’ time to travel is in the Dry Season (April-October) when roads are at their best. As in most parks, game viewing in the Central Kalahari is best done in the early morning and late afternoon when wildlife is more active.

Dinaka – Ker & Downey Botswana

An exclusive private reserve hugging the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Dinaka is host to one of the most unique biodiversities in Southern Africa. This ever-changing desert landscape gives refuge to the Kalahari lion, springbok, Oryx and brown hyena. The camp itself was acquired in 2017 and provides the perfect start or finish to any discerning travellers Botswana safari.

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Plan Your Trip

For those that book a tour to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with a reputable operator, practically every aspect of the vacation is taken care of, from transport to meals and activities. Private lodges are typically reached by charter flight, with all-inclusive rates. Self-drive visitors are cautioned to do extensive planning as infrastructure and services in and around Central Kalahari Game Reserve are incredibly scarce. A well-equipped and well-provisioned 4×4 vehicle is a necessity, and travelling in a convoy is highly recommended. The ‘easiest’ time to travel is in the Dry Season (April-October) when roads are at their best. As in most parks, game viewing in the Central Kalahari is best done in the early morning and late afternoon when wildlife is more active.