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The remoteness of this region, along with its climate and undulating terrain, has kept the environment in immaculate condition and as a result, any visit is richly rewarded with some of the finest African wilderness experiences.

The geology of the Passarge Valley provides optimal grazing for Kalahari game, who gather in large herds and attract a variety of predators, including cheetah, lion, leopard and brown hyena; each of whom fight for supremacy at the top of the food chain. But the wildlife activity doesn’t just exist on the ground, there is plenty going on in the sky: Montague’s harrier, pygmy falcon and steppe eagle can often be seen wheeling in the skies and rarer sightings include the endangered lapped-face vulture.

When the rains arrive, the plains surge into life and become one of the primary sites in Botswana to catch a glimpse of the famous black-maned Kalahari lions. If you are particularly lucky, you could even get the chance to view one of Africa's rarest animals - the African wild dog.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: lion, brown hyena, steppe eagle, cheetah, caracal
  • Where: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana