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Kalahari Desert

Unspoilt Kalahari scenery - the land of the San with an abundance of game, wide open spaces, cattle farming, traditional villages.

The Kalahari Basin was part of the great inland lake that covered much of the central region of southern Africa thousands of years ago and as the region began to dry up and rivers lost their source they quickly became the dry depressions that are evident in the Central Kalahari today.

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa extending for 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 sq mi), covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and regions of South Africa.

Kalahari is derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst", or Kgalagadi, meaning "a waterless place”; the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water.

Drainage of the desert is by dry valleys, seasonally inundated pans and the large salt pans of the Makgadikgadi Pan in Botswana and Etosha Pan in Namibia. The only permanent river, the Okavango, flows into a delta in the northwest, forming marshes that are rich in wildlife. Ancient dry riverbeds—called omuramba—traverse the central northern reaches of the Kalahari and provide standing pools of water during summer.

The Kalahari may well be known to some as the land of drying rivers, and this does portray a sense of desolation at times but within this seemingly stark environment is an ecosystem supporting a wide variety of fascinating species.

Zone 32: Kalkrand

  • Famous overnight stop to Kgaligadi National Park and Sossusvlei
  • Nama Culture

Zone 33: Khaudum

  • Baobab trees - Big Tree - 25m in circumference
  • The ultimate 4x4 camping park (unspoiled)
  • Abundance of elephants
  • Wild Dogs

Zone 34: Gobabis

  • Cattle farming
  • Drinking place of the elephant

Zone 35: Kalahari East

  • Bushmen country
  • Kalahari forest area

Zone 36: Dordabis / Nauas/ Uhlenhorst

  • Karakul weavers
  • Large herds of antelope
  • Fresh water lake near Rehoboth
  • Arnhem caves

Zone 37: Mariental

  • Hardap Dam - the biggest dam in Namibia
  • Artesian Water of Namibia
  • Stampriet Historical Town
  • Goliath Heron
  • Fairy Flycatcher

Zone 38: Red Kalahari

  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Entrance
  • Red Kalahari Dunes
  • Huge sociable weaver nests
  • Birds: Rosyfaced Lovebird

Zone 39: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

  • 3.7 million hectares
  • one of the world’s largest conservation areas
  • Six unfenced wilderness camps
    allow you to feel part of surrounding Kalahari

Zone 40: Hochfeld

    Olive Production
  • Cattle Farming
  • En Route to Waterberg, Khaudum National Park, Gobabis and International Airport

Zone 41: Okavango Delta

  • World’s largest inland delta
  • Okavango River with no outlet to the sea irrigating 15000km² of Kalahari desert
  • Abundance of wildlife attracting thousands of visitors each year
  • Mokoro (small boat) trips into the delta

Zone 42: Central Kalahari

    Second largest wildlife reserve in the world (52800 sq kms)
  • Impression of having the entire Reserve for yourself
  • Large Herds of plains game

Zone 74: Ghanzi

    Kalahari Bushveld
  • Cattle Ranching
  • Various entrances to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Zone 75: Kang

    Famous Overnight Stop to Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi National Park, Okavango Delta, Namibia and South Africa

Zone 76: Nata

  • On route to Kasane ,Okavango Delta ,Nxai Pan National Park ,Makgadikgai Pan National Park
  • Makalani Palm

Zone 78: Makgadigadi Pans

    The Makgadikgadi pan situated in the middle of the North-eastern Botswana dry savanna

Zone 80: Dune Kalahari

  • Scenic Dune Sunsets
  • Various scenic routes
  • Remote farming towns
  • Private Game Reserves
  • Clear signs of the ancient inland lake of the Kalahari
  • Wildlife Ranches

Zone 100: Victoria Falls Zambia

  • Columns of spray can be seen miles away
  • Over 100 metres deep
  • Nearly 2 kilometres in width (at the height of the flood season)
  • Visit Livingstone island during the dry season (one of the most magnificent views in the area)
  • Mukuni Victoria Craft Village

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