Extending over 900,000 km2 the Kalahari Desert covers much of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. It is the ultimate destination for adventure travellers aiming for the best safari experience. The seemingly unending spread of the landscape with grasses, shrubs and trees is magnificent.
Kalahari is derived from the Twana word Kglagadi meaning a waterless place even though Kalahari receives more rainfall than the other deserts - between 5 and 10 inches per year.
The desert is characterised by red sand with seasonal pans like the Makgadigadi. These pans seasonally attract wildlife like the Kalahari lions, giraffes, elands and many species of birds and reptiles.
The Kalahari sand dunes are the most extensive sand formations on earth of all the deserts.
Vegetation such as shrubs, shepherd's tree, and blackthorn, covers the dunes across the desert. Since the north of Kalahari includes the Okavango River Delta, vegetation is more dense particularly the Baobab tree. The southern region has more sparse, deep rooted vegetation.
The wildlife that can be spotted in the rainy season include antelopes, meerkats, Kalaharri lions, Oryx gazelles and large lizards.
Visit the Kalahri Desert for game safaris. The Kalahari is a prime spot for watching predators hunting for their prey in real time since there are minimal obstructions.
Though the desert can be visited all year round, the rainy season, November to March, is the best for game viewing when herds of wildlife are grazing. However, temperatures during the rainy season can go as high as 45 degrees Celsius.