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Baobabs under night sky, Kalahari, Botswana

Kalahari Desert

An area of stunning vistas and vast night skies, of salt pans, deserts and grasslands – all transformed by the changing seasons.

The Kalahari Desert is vast and imposing. It is also the second-largest wildlife reserve in the world, covering a massive 52,000 square kilometres, and one of the remotest places on the continent.

Oryx, Tau Pan, Kalahari, Botswana
Kalahari Desert, Botswana

A little more about the Kalahari Desert

Many desert species thrive here, however, the rains late in the year bring the area to life and attract the last significant migration to survive in Southern Africa. Home to the hunter-gatherer clans of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, the area offers the chance of a rare glimpse into their way of life – a real privilege.

Bushmen walk, Feline Fields, Kalahari Desert
Kalahari Desert, Botswana

When to travel

Due to its location, the Kalahari is the complete opposite to the rest of Botswana. Peak game viewing is from January till May which the rest of the year being more about the desert experience.


Mountain Biking

Explore the Kalahari on two wheels, making the most of the lack of predators.

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Join the San Bushmen

Walk, hunt and gather with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. Learn how they have adapted to life in this harsh desert environment.

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Spot Desert Species

Head out on game drives to spot some of the desert-specific species that survive in the Kalahari. These include meerkats, oryxes and brown hyenas.

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After dark, spend time identifying some of the beautiful constellations that fill the Kalahari sky. The complete absence of light pollution makes this the perfect place for stargazing.

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Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Kalahari Plains Camp £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps

Kalahari Plains Camp, situated in the remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers 10 tented rooms, spread out and raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the serene views. Each tent has insulated canvas walls and roofs keeping the indoor temperatures comfortable and the entire bedroom section opens out to a shaded veranda and stairs lead to upper-level platforms, where you can sleep out under the stars.

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Feline Fields £££££

  • Botswana
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Wilderness

Uniquely designed and wonderfully remote, Feline Fields is a pioneering new lodge that is almost lost amongst the emptiness of the western Kalahari. Found outside of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the lodge offers a place of relaxation and isolation, with the opportunity to meet some of the Kalahari’s remarkable Bushmen.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.

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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.

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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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