Central Kalahari Game Reserve


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Springbok in Central Kalahari Game Reserve Botswana
Springbok in Central Kalahari Game Reserve Botswana
About Central Kalahari Game Reserve
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Parks total area:
52,000 km² (20,000 mi²)
Year established:
1961
Anti-malarial:
Not required
Park wildlife:
  • Best times to visit are the months of November and May—the green season
  • The third-largest national park in Africa
  • Meerkat-lovers will not be disappointed here

Aptly named, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a national park located in central Botswana and is part of the famous Kalahari Desert. At 52,000 km² (20,000 mi²), it is the third-largest national park in Africa, behind Selous Game reserve in Tanzania and Mudumu National Park in Namibia.

Its remote location in Botswana means it receives far fewer visitors than the parks located near Victoria Falls. Central Kalahari is probably one of the few parks where the dry season is not the best time for wildlife viewing. The dry season runs from June through October, and during the time, much of the wildlife migrates north in search of water supplies. Guests visiting during this time of year will have drier weather and cooler temperatures, but there will be less game to view. Resident animals such as springbok, cheetah and meerkat can be viewed year-round, though.

When to visit Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The rainy or green season runs from November through May and is also the summertime for Botswana. Days and nights are warm during this time of year. The increase in moisture turns the landscape green, and the migratory animals return to feed. A visit is recommended during these months.

Central Kalahari is home to several large animals and guests will be able to see animals such as: giraffe, wildebeest, Hartebeest, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and gemsbok.

There are fewer lodging options in Central Kalahari, with many of the more upscale lodging options located right outside the parks borders. The camps located inside the park offer more basic, low-frills tented camping options which are often appealing to those seeking a true safari experience.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve is recommended to travelers of all levels of experience and for those wishing to see the highest concentration of wildlife, a visit during the green season is advised.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 28, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous a desert can be. The skies were amazing and so was the wildlife. It didn't come in waves, but it was actually better that way, as it made each sighting that much more special. I especially loved the meerkats. :) read more

I saw

Meerkat
Ostrich
African buffalo
Impala
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 10, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2012.
Funnily enough this park is fenced on two out of its four sides, meaning the animals can wonder freely in and out of its boundaries. The best part about the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is that visitor numbers are strictly regulated (100 a day when we were last there), so it’s not a park you ever feel cramped in. This is the one place where if you bush camp with y... read more
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Safari suitability: 7 / 10
Ample wildlife opportunities but limited lodging options inside of the park and remote location.
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