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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.

Destination 32: Kalkrand



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Kalkrand

Destination 33: Khaudum



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Dobe
  • Khaudum
  • Sigaretti
  • Tsumkwe

Destination 34: Gobabis



Famous for:

  • Cattle farming
  • Drinking place of the elephant

Places of Interest:

  • Aminus
  • Gobabis
  • TransKalahari
  • Witvlei

Destination 35: Kalahari East



Famous for:

  • Bushmen country
  • Kalahari forest area

Places of Interest:

  • Buitepos
  • Charles Hill
  • Drimiopsis
  • Mamuno

Destination 36: Dordabis / Nauas/ Uhlenhorst



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Dordabis
  • Hoachanas
  • Ulhenorst

Destination 37: Mariental



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Hardap National Park Mariental
  • Mariental
  • Stampriet

Destination 38: Red Kalahari



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Aroab
  • Koes
  • Mata Mata
  • South-East
  • Tweereviere
  • Tweerivier

Destination 39: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Andriesvale
  • Askham
  • Bokputs
  • Haakskeenpan
  • Kaa
  • Klein Monasses
  • Mabuasehube
  • Nossob

Destination 40: Hochfeld



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Otjinene

Destination 41: Okavango Delta



Famous for:

  • 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

Places of Interest:

  • Linyanti
  • Maun
  • Moremi
  • Savuti

Destination 42: Central Kalahari



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Khutse
  • Matswere
  • Xade

Destination 74: Ghanzi



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • D’Kar
  • Ghanzi
  • Kuke

Destination 75: Kang



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Hukuntsi
  • Jwaneng
  • Kang
  • Sekoma
  • Twaneng

Destination 76: Nata



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Nata

Destination 78: Makgadikgadi Pans



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Gweta
  • Rakops

Destination 80: Dune Kalahari



Famous for:

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

Places of Interest:

  • Aranos
  • Gochas
  • Leonardville

Destination 100: Victoria Falls Zambia



Famous for:

  • 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

Places of Interest:

  • Livingstone





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