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Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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About Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Country found in: Botswana
Parks total area: 52,000 km² (20,000 mi²)
Year established: 1961
Park wildlife: 20 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Not required

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve highlights

  • 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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Tour by: Africa Adventure Safaris

This tour departs from Johannesburg on the 8th of November 2013 and will end on the morning of the 23rd of Novem...

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Tour by: Ulinda Safari Trails

Have a very special Christmas in two totally unique environments: Nxai Pan- part of the great Makgadikgadi Salt ...

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Tour by: Cheno Travel & Safari Tours

This 3 day Classic Cultural Experience Package to Deception Valley, takes you into an oasis in the Central Kalah...

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Tour by: Maroo Mobile Safaris and Tours

Explore the wild side of the central Kalahari, sighting the desert animals that mostly congregate in pans in wat...

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Tour by: Rockwood Specialist Tours

Valid for travel from 01 November 2017 to 31 March 2018. Explore Chobe National Park, know for its abundant game...

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Tour by: Mosu Safari Tours

A wilderness non participation camping luxury accommodation safari through Botswana nature reserves and a day vi...

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Tour by: Cheno Travel & Safari Tours

This 5 day Kalahari & Okavango Safari tour shows you the contrast between the desert and the delta in different...

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