The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is larger than Denmark and, at approximately 52800 km², is the largest game reserve in Botswana and the second-largest game reserve in the world. Set up in 1961, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an arid vista of open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds in the central part of Botswana. The reserve varies from dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north to flat bushveld in the central area and to more heavily wooded in the south, with mopane forests to the south and east.
After the summer rains arrive in the northern section of Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the vast plains become one of the prime game-viewing areas in Botswana. Magnificent cloud formations are seen during the summer rains creating phenomenal sunsets. The vast plains come alive with sweet grasses and beautiful flowers which entice thousands of gemsbok, springbok and wildebeest, together with smaller numbers of lion, cheetah and jackal. Visitors to the reserve can hope to see a selection of predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, brown hyena, wild dog, aardwolf, caracal, black-backed jackal, honey badger, African wild cat, black-footed and striped polecat, common genet, bat-eared and Cape fox, meerkat and banded, yellow and slender mongoose. Other animals include springbok, hartebeest, gemsbok, wildebeest, duiker, springhare, porcupines and Brant’s whistling rat.
Bordering the northern perimeter of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the Hainaveld region, which comprises private concessions and farms. This region is known for its great accessibility, bird watching and excellent wildlife spotting opportunities, cultural tourism and interaction with the bushmen or locals to learn about the ancient traditional way of life of the Kalahari. Explore the area on foot during a nature walk, relax at a luxury lodge or spend a day on safari spotting abundant wildlife on a game drive. The Hainaveld offers an authentic African bush experience featuring remarkable desert landscapes inhabited by a wide range of desert-adapted wildlife, including gemsbok, springbok, giraffes and ostriches.
Deception Valley Lodge
Deception Valley Lodge has an ethnic African theme and was built to fit into the surrounding bush without altering or detracting from the natural ambience and colour. Guests can experience the vastness of the Kalahari and share in the knowledge of the Bushmen who have inhabited Botswana for at least 30,000 years. The cultural walks, guided by the Bushmen, remain the highlight at this luxury safari lodge.
Evolve Back Gham Dhao Lodge
Evolve Back Gham Dhao Lodge is classically African, relaxed and informal, situated on the Central Kalahari Game Reserve's northern border. Evolve Back Gham Dhao Lodge offers mobile overnight and day trip safaris into the game reserve. Discover the mysteries of the Kalahari bush on a guided game drive and quad bike safaris, or enjoy an unforgettable experience with the local Bushmen people.
Tau Pan has been designed to blend in with and complement the surrounding environment of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the second largest game reserve in the world (52,800 km²), and is known for being one of Africa's last true wilderness areas. This is a place to experience solitude and to feel dwarfed by the expansive landscape surrounding the camp.
Located on the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Birding activities with Dinaka hosting over 200 different bird species including the Kori bustard and pale chanting Goshawks. Guided walks conducted by San Bushman guides learning about their ancient culture and historical way of life. Year-round spectacular photographic opportunities from the underground photographic hides at Dinaka is a highlight.