The Kalahari in Botswana
The grasslands of the Kalahari Desert together with the lunar expanse of the Makgadikgadi salt pans complete out footprint in Botswana. They are in total contrast to the verdant, game-rich Okavango and Linyanti regions and are a must see for all visitors to Botswana who are interested in this country’s diversity. The desert experience focuses on species unique to the area such as Brown Hyena, Meerkats (Suricate), Gemsbok (Oryx), Springbok and the great black-maned Kalahari Lion; as well as the geology, archaeology and anthropology of the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi.
The Makgadikgadi is a relic of an ancient superlake that covered much of southern Africa, which dried up thousands of years ago. For a few months each year, the Makgadikgadi transforms into one of the most important wetland sites in Africa. When the rains come, the pans fill with water and they become a breeding ground for huge flocks of flamingo and other migratory birds.
The rains also regenerate the grasses which attract the last surviving migration of Zebra and Wildebeest in southern Africa. Our Kalahari focus is on Kalahari Plains Camp, the best Makgadikgadi experience. Here we offer our guests the oppurtunity to explore and understand the Kalahari. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution, the origins and explanation of the Okavango Delta and Botswana’s big picture. For those who are prepared to travel off the beaten track and take a step back in time, a wealth of sensory experiences awaits you – from 1940’s safari style luxury to giant, ancient baobabs and pre-historic beaches.