Located in the heart of Botswana, the enormous Central Kalahari is a flat and arid landscape; a stark contrast to the oasis of the Okavango Delta. Interestingly, the Kalahari operates on opposing seasons to the rest of Botswana.
During the rainy season from December to April, the Okavango Delta becomes lush and green and animals disperse with the abundance of surface water, whilst in the Kalahari, rainwater collects into fossilized valleys and long dry waterholes, triggering a transformation of wildflowers and lush grasses that attracts all manner of desert-adapted wildlife, including the famed Kalahari black-maned lions, for some of Botswana’s best summer game viewing.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Kalahari Plains is situated close to Deception Valley, made famous in Mark and Delia Owens' 'Cry of the Kalahari', chronicling their experiences studying wildlife in the Kalahari. Located away from the more accessible public roads, Kalahari Plains is one of just two camps in the enormous Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Overlooking an immense pan with endless horizons, the 10 tented chalets all feature sleepout platforms above to fall asleep under the stars, with an easy return to the comfort of your bed below.
With incredible views overlooking the famous Tau Pan, from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, Tau Pan was the first semi-permanent camp to be built inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. 'Tau', which means 'lion' in Setswana, is so named for the pride of iconic Kalahari black-maned lion who frequent the camp. The Kalahari is also home to some fascinating desert-adapted species not observed in the Okavango Delta.