Kalahari Desert safaris, tours & holiday packages
A wildlife-rich, desert wilderness
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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These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
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
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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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…
Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…
Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.
Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…
I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…
Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…