Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 7.5
Trees: 6

Lookout for

Honey Badger
Springhaas
Aardwolf
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
Brown Hyena
Jackal
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Springbok
Gemsbok
Eland
Warthog
Ostrich

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a vast, remote wilderness in the centre of Botswana. Although the Kalahari is classified as a desert, the area teems with wildlife. From the boisterous honey badger to the region's large herds of Springbok and Gemsbok, high densities of large and small predators and great birdlife abound. The Kalahari will not disappoint: it is a great new area to explore for the well-travelled safari goer. The reserve has a few luxury camps which will provide for a pampered experience in this harsh environment. However the Central Kalahari can be enjoyed on a self-drive camping safari. Just ensure you have brought everything that you will need, including water. Several tour operators run catered trips several times a year for those looking at a guided tour through this fascinating semi-desert landscape.

Why we like it

Vast remote wilderness; Fascinating desert wildlife; Luxury camps and self-drive safaris

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 5 000 000 Ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Lion
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Rakops

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Central Kalahari Campsites Camping
Kalahari Plains Camp Super Luxury Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Botswana Self-drive Safaris Middle 10-21 days

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Cheetah
Gemsbok


BRIDS
White-browed Sparrow Weaver
White-backed Vulture
Ostrich
Pale Chanting Goshawk
Crimson Breasted Shrike


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoise
Barking Gecko
Puff Adder


TREES
Camel Thron Acacia


HABITAT TYPES
Grassland
Salt Pans
Semi-desert