The Kalahari is the largest sand basin in the world, stretching 2,500kms from the northern part of South Africa, through Namibia and Angola and ending in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It may have no permanent surface water, but unlike the image of most deserts, the Kalahari is well vegetated with a wide variety of habitats including acacia trees and areas of flat grasslands.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world and until recently been closed to the public. It was originally created as a refuge for the San Bushmen. They lived in nomadic hunter-gatherer family groups only taking what they needed to, but have since changed with the increasing impact of the Western world.
After the summer rains arrive the area comes alive; vegetation springs up and wildlife is plentiful. Thousands of gemsbok, springbok and wildebeest, lion, cheetah and jackal appear and the game viewing is fabulous.
Bushmen survival became an issue in 1961 when Botswana was still a British Protectorate, and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve was formed as their homeland. Most have now intermixed with other tribes and live in villages at the southern end of the reserve. Their traditional lifestyle is all but gone. Bushman are now often guides in the area and they will advise on how to find water-filled tubers in the sand and explain how to catch an ostrich. Bushmen are great storytellers and like nothing better than to embellish a tale with elaborate demonstrations, accompanied by their fast clicking language.
Tailormade Holidays to Central Kalahari
On the Go are expert at planning holidays in Botswana — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Central Kalahari.
Grassland 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.
The Haina Kahalari Lodge is a classical African style lodge with luxurious tents, all of which have their own decks.
Kalahari Plains Camp comprises canvas units with a sleep-out above each one from which to enjoy the night skies. The tents and main area are all raised off the ground to catch the breeze.
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.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
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 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 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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