The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world. In the centre of Botswana, this reserve is characterised by vast open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds
Larger than Denmark or Switzerland, the 52,800 sq km Central Kalahari Game Reserve, was set up in 1961.
Although the reserve is accessible throughout the year, only limited access is allowed to visitors under permit. The people known as the Bushmen have been resident in and around the area for thousands of years. Nomadic hunters and gatherers, their lifestyles have gradually changed with the times and they now live in settlements, some of which are situated within the southern half of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
No accommodation or other facilities are offered within the park. Visitors to the reserve should be self-contained with all fuel, food and water. You should only travel in a group of two or more vehicles with basic spares and survival aids.
The main wildlife concentrations are in the tourist areas in the northern half of the reserve. Game in the area includes lion, leopard, brown hyena, giraffe, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu, red hartebeest and springbok. The best time to visit is between December and April, when the animals congregate in the pans and valleys.
Featured Central Kalahari Safari Lodges maps
Jacks Camp map: Jacks Camp is a classic desert safari camp
Deception Valley Lodge map: Deception Valley Lodge is a remote safari camp beside Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Meno A Kwena Tented Camp map: Meno A Kwena is tented camp, overlooking the Boteti River, where wildlife gather.
San Camp map: Located deep in the Kalahari Desert on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans