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Central Kalahari





If you are an adventurer or connoisseur, then The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is for you. This destination offers true wilderness at its best and is a place where seasonal rains dramatically transform the landscape bringing life back to the region.


Central Kalahari Game Reserve is truly a one of a kind wilderness offering a sense of space, serenity, and freedom. Being one of the wildest and remotest places in Africa game viewing here can be challenging during the dry season, but during or shortly after the rains, animals make their way back to the grassy plains. The Kalahari is famous for its Black Maned Lions and has hyena and wild dog populations, as well as giraffe, wildebeest, eland and hartebeest. Visitors aren’t attracted to the Kalahari for just the wildlife, they visit to experience the often harsh landscape, remote setting and a truly unique wilderness that is as good as it gets. To many people, the Kalahari is a magical region with sightings that are special, private and very unique. You won’t find large safari groups here, in fact, you will rarely be disturbed. For some, this destination won’t appeal, but to many, particularly photographers or people seeking solitude, the Kalahari is paradise.


Many visitors prefer to visit the park from their lodging outside its boundary as the accommodation options are limited here. Recently, however, two camps have been established within Central Kalahari Game Reserve – Tau Pan Camp and the Kalahari Plains Camp.




The inside word

If you are looking for an experience which is similar to what you would get in the Chobe, Okavango or Linyanti region then forget it. The reality is that the Central Kalahari game reserve is the best kept for safari enthusiasts who have already experienced the up-close encounters with Botswana’s Big Five.

Visiting the Central Kalahari is a relaxing and surreal experience ideal for patient travellers. It is not uncommon to only see a relatively small amount of game over a two or three day period. However spend four to five days here and you are likely to see the Kalahari’s cheetahs, lions, and leopards. These sightings are often few and far between but made more special by their rarity. It takes a genuine love for the wild and remoteness as well as a depth of patience and understanding to appreciate Central Kalahari.


The Central Kalahari offers walking tours with traditional Kalahari Bushman who will give you a true understanding of this harsh environment and game driving safari are available during the day.

Time of year to travel

The Kalahari’s weather operates completely opposite to other parts of Botswana as well as the sub-Saharan African region for that matter. Its’ peak season for game viewing is January through to May when the largest herds are found concentrating towards the north end of the park on the Piper Pans. Deciding to visit outside of this period is not ideal for most people as a high degree of patience is required if you are to see a lot of game.

Amazing Places To Stay

Lodges and Accommodation

Dinaka Safari Lodge

Dinaka Safari Lodge is situated adjacent to the Central Kalahari in its own exclusive reserve and provides an ideal start or finish to Botswana safaris. With only eight luxurious spacious en-suite tents plus a tour guides tent built on raised wooden platforms, this lodge offers fantastic game viewing and wildlife experiences.

Our top tip

The Kalahari is a superb way to start or finish your Safari. We recommend a minimum of 3 nights to experience this truly magical place. It offers a different experience to other parks within Botswana or the region. Try to sleep a night on a sleep out deck to experience the amazing star gazing opportunities and enjoy the wide open space that is the Kalahari!

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