Blood red sky during a sunset at Central Kalahari Grand Reserve

Visit the Central Kalahari

About Central Kalahari

Expanding across 2,500km, the Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world and home to the immense Central Kalahari Game Reserve. While not being particularly user-friendly due to its challenging terrain and fierce heat, those who dare to explore this region are sure to reap the benefits in the form of some sensational game viewing opportunities. Despite being a desert, this area is inundated with rich vegetation, including acacia trees and silver terminalia sandveldt, both of which contribute to making up the diversity of the landscape. Travelling through this reserve is a must for anyone looking for some completely untouched nature.

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Central Kalahari Hotels

If you are planning a Central Kalahari holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Grasslands Bushman Lodge Central Kalahari

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Grasslands Bushman Lodge has been a family run lodge for five generations and has comfortable en-suite chalets. The main complex overlooks a waterhole where a large variety of wildlife can be seen. A large outdoor pool and two dining rooms are further features of the lodge. Meals are prepared throughout the day by the chef and in the evenings guests can watch animals drinking from the nearby water pan. The lodge is situated in a 15,000 hectare private area on the western side of the Reserve and makes an excellent base for excursions.

Haina Kalahari Lodge Central Kalahari

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

The Haina Kahalari Lodge is a classical African style lodge with luxurious tents, all of which have their own decks. Architecturally, the tents are completely unique as they have been constructed within an arched, slatted canopy. The lodge is in the heart of the Kalahari, bordering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve; about 3 hours drive from Deception Valley. It makes an excellent base for exploring the park in all its glory.

Kalahari Plains Camp Central Kalahari

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Luxury Lodge

Kalahari Plains Camp comprises canvas units with a sleep-out above each one from which guests can enjoy the night skies. The tents and main area are all raised off the ground to catch the breeze. In the main area there is a swimming pool along with a dining area, where guests often congregate in the evenings. Much of the power that the camp uses is solar-generated, making the camp comfortable and sustainable simultaneously. The camp is beautifully situated on an immense pan just a short drive from Deception Valley.

Tau Pan Camp Central Kalahari

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Tau Pan is a luxurious Central Kalahari game lodge in Botswana. This lodge can accommodate up to eighteen guests in thatched, tented suites, which are built on raised wooden decks. The camp is situated on the edge of an ancient sand dune and its elevated position (a rarity in Botswana) means that it has fantastic views over Tau Pan. As one of the first semi permanent camps within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the game lodge has been built with eco-friendly principles in mind and only uses solar power to generate electricity and pump water from deep below the sand.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

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On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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