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The Kalahari Desert covers a vast area of Southern Africa, spreading out of Botswana into neighbouring South Africa and Namibia.  Its national parks and reserves provide sanctuary for antelope, elephant, giraffe, many bird species, and various predators which roam the magnificent semi-desert savannah.

The region and the seemingly inhospitable environment provides nourishment for man and beast, in the form of tough grasses and watermelons. Animals which manage to adapt and survive here include: gemsbok, blue wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, kudu, elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard and cheetah. Our Kalahari In Bloom itinerary explores the area during the stunnning green season to see some of it's very best wildlife sightings. 

The area also supports a wealth of smaller creatures with over 200 species of birds recorded in the Kalahari-Gemsbok National Park alone. The area is possibly best known for the San people, or Bushmen: hunter-gatherers whose long history is told in ancient rock paintings throughout the area. Sadly, their way of life is threatened by the modern world, but there are a few places where they still manage to survive.

For the visitor there are several wonderful tented camps and lodges which allow you to experience the tranquility, wildlife and vast panoramas of the Kalahari, and a stay in the desert contrasts wonderfully with the lush wetlands of the Okavango or the bush and savannah of other Southern African parks.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: blue wildebeest, cheetah, eland, ostrich, springbok
  • Where: Southern Africa, Botswana

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Kalahari in Bloom

Explore some of Botswana’s finest wildlife destinations during the scenic splendour of the green season as the arrival of the rains brings the landscape to life. As the arid plains are rejuvenated, large herds of herbivores gather to graze on the grasslands, followed by a host of predators, including hyena, cheetah and lion.

  • When to go: Oct-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea