Central Kalahari Region
The Central Kalahari in Botswana forms part of the 2.5 million square metre large Kalahari Basin, one of the largest coherent sand expanses worldwide. The central parts of the Kalahari Basin consists of the Kalahari Savanna also known as the Kalahari Desert.
Geography and climate of the Central Kalahari
The most extreme climatic variations can be found in the Kalahari Region. Whereas temperatures of 35°C are common in summer, which can also easily climb up to 45°C, the Kalahari winter is characterised by significant temperature fluctuations. It is not uncommon that during the night temperatures fall below 0°C whilst during the day they again rise to around 25°C.
The Central Kalahari has too high a vegetation and average rainfall of 300 mm (often less in the south) to actually qualify as a real desert. The desert character is achieved by the absence of surface water in most months.
Flora and fauna of the Central Kalahari
Thanks to its relatively high rainfall the Central Kalahari has a very diverse flora. The San (Bushmen) who have lived in the Kalahari for centuries know more than 1000 useful plants. The wildlife is also of unique abundance.
Places of interest - Central Kalahari Game Reserve
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and covers an area of 52,800 square kilometres, which is almost 10% of Botswana's land area.
Places of interest - Khutse Game Reserve
The Khutse Game Reserve is an area with only a few visitors during the dry season. But when the time of the mighty Kalahari thunderstorms comes, the number of animals increases and so does the number of visitors.
Accommodation in the Central Kalahari region
Exclusive camp, situated north of the CKGR
Dinaka is an exclusive camp located on a private game reserve which is bordering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) in the north. Guests will find accommodation in seven spacious safari tents with en-suite bathrooms. Families have large family tents at their disposal.
Haina Kalahari Lodge
Luxury lodge north of the CKGR
Haina Kalahari Lodge is a luxury lodge on the northern border of the Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge offers accommodation in premium safari tents, accommodating a maximum of 20 guests. The main lodge consists of a lounge, dining room and bar area.
Kalahari Plains Camp
Luxury camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Kalahari Plains Camp is a luxury camp situated at the edge of a huge pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), one of the largest conservation areas in the world. The camp offers eight exclusive en-suite canvas units. The main area of Kalahari Plains Camp consists of a lounge and dining area with a swimming pool and deck.
Tau Pan Camp
Camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Tau Pan Camp is one of very few camps in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. It is built with the delicate ecologies of the National Park in mind, only using solar power. Tau Pan camp consists of nine luxury en-suite tents, constructed on a raised desk on the ridge of an ancient sand dune.