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

Accommodation in Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Central Kalahari Campsites

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is located int he centre of Botswana. This desert landscape, while appearing harsh and barren, actually teems with fascinating desert-adapted flora and fauna. These include everything from large predators like lion and leopard, to smaller species such as springbok, zebra, and the ferocious honey badger. The birdlife is plentiful as well. The reserve is the…

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Accomodation Type: Camping
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp is set in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Where

Lookout for

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

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


Wildlife Ratings

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