Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest wildlife reserve in the world and the largest and most remote reserve in Southern Africa. Large herds of wildebeest, eland, giraffe, hartebeest, springbok and gemsbok can be found in these vast stretches of land with scrub bushes and dwarfed trees. Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to the second largest group of indigenous hunter-gatherers in Africa - the bushmen or San.
The habitat in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve consists of grasslands, pans, occasional sand dunes and river valleys.There are many Kalahari acacias and Kalahari appleleaf dotted in between the sandveld. With the summer rains, thousands of gemsbok, eland, springbok and wildebeest find their way to the sprouting, sweet grasses from Deception Valley to Piper Pans. The legendary Kalahari black-maned lions and the fact that it is one of the best cheetah viewing sites makes the Central Kalahari Game Reserve a prime spot for wildlife lovers. You should see lion, hyaena, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, kudu, hartebeest, springbok, gemsbok, eland, jackal, meerkat, crocodile and hippo.
Summer (Oct-Mar) temperatures are scorching. Winter (May-Aug) days are hot (mid 30s) with night-time temperatures at sub-zero. March to October are the best times to go. The mass migration is best enjoyed after the summer rains. A Botswana safari to deception valley is a highlight because of the many herbivores and their predators in the area.
See below recommended Central Kalahari safari lodges and tours in Botswana.
Central Kalahari Safari Lodges and Tours in Botswana
Discover an oasis in the Kalahari not far from the famous Okavango Delta - a luxury Central Kalahari lodge called Deception Valley in the heart of...more
A place of wonders in the desert, this Central Kalahari lodge in Botswana offers authentic Bushmen interaction and exciting activities in a welcoming...more
This remote Central Kalahari lodge in Botswana is situated in an outstanding wildlife area in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve with legendary Black...more
Guests at Haina Kalahari Lodge in Botswana can have a real African safari experience observing game in pristine bush landscapes. This Central Kalahari...more
Dinaka Safari Lodge is a destination to be remembered! Guests can connect with their unique surroundings and the amazing wildlife at this Central Kalahari lodge in Botswana....more
Tau Pan Camp is an eco-friendly lodge situated in the middle of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. You will see many animals that have adapted to life in this harsh environment....more
The Central Kalahari in Botswana has many fascinating features, none less intriguing than the clay pans that are found periodically on the landscape...more
This 7 day Desert and Rivers Botswana Safari package takes in 2 very different regions of Botswana, the dry central Kalahari and the pristine waterways and islands of the Okavango Delta Panhandle...more
This 7 day Classic Expedition Mobile Botswana Safari explores Botswana’s best kept secrets, the Central Kalahari, Deception Valley and Makgadikgadi Pans...more
This 3 day Classic Cultural Experience package to Deception Valley, takes you into an oasis in the Central Kalahari - home to a wide variety of wildlife...more
This 5 day Classic Fly-in Kalahari Explorer package - Ancient Rivers and Pans explores 2 fascinating areas of the Kalahari Desert, showcasing the...more
This 3 day Classic Fly-in Kalahari & Cultural Package allows you to experience the mystical Kalahari, with game drives and Bushmen interaction taking...more
This Classic 5 day Fly-in Kalahari Desert Highlights Package combines a lodge stay with a mobile safari in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, for the...more
This 4 day Family Fly-in Classic Kalahari Safari package is specially designed so that you and your children can enjoy real Bushman interaction and...more
This 3 day Classic Fly-in Kalahari Wilderness Package takes you into a remote area of the Central Kalahari to see outstanding wildlife with vast antelope...more
This 5 day Classic Fly-in Kalahari & Okavango Safari tour shows you the contrast between the desert and the delta in different areas of Botswana. This...more