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From the rolling red dunes of the Kgalagadi transfrontier conservation area, to the sparse grasslands of Botswana's Central Kalahari, this is an arid wilderness that is rich in in desert-adapted wildlife and unsurpassed scenic beauty.
The Kalahari is home to the regal black-maned lion, secretive leopard and endangered African wild dog. But the desert is also regarded as the best place in Africa to view cheetah in the wild. With its abundant herds of springbok and scattering of steenbok, the Kalahari's wide-open landscapes provide a perfect hunting ground for Africa's fastest land mammal. Visitors who are fortunate enough to spend some time in the company of a Kalahari cheetah stand an excellent chance of watching this amazing speedster in action as it hunts its favoured antelope prey at high speed.
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Experience three of Botswana's highlights – the Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta and Kwando Linyanti – wilderness areas that take you from arid desert to lush wetlands
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I know of no better place to go when I'm looking to decompress than the Kalahari. The solitude, big skies, wide-open spaces and deafening silence of this ancient desert are like no other place on earth. And having top quality wildlife sightings all to yourself is a real privilege.
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The Kalahari is believed to be one of the oldest deserts in the world, occupying a huge sprawling sandy basin that extends from eastern Namibia across most of Botswana as well as spilling over the border into the Northern Cape region of South Africa.
The Kalahari's varied landscapes and unique wildlife species are conserved within three primary protected areas: the wild and remote Khaudum National Park in Namibia, the scenically spectacular Kgalagai Transfrontier Conservation Area spanning the border between South Africa and Botswana, and the gigantic Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.
All three of these reserves share a real sense of space, solitude and wilderness. The burnt red dunes of the Kgalagadi provide the most mesmerising and impressive landscape, but all three parks offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The Kgalagadi is the most popular and accessible of the reserves, while Khaudum sees no more than a handful of self-drive visitors per year.
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