Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Making up almost 10% of Botswana’s total surface area at 52 800 square km, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world, after Tanzania’s Selous. It is a vast, semi-arid tract of the Kalahari, which morphs into a rolling grassland during the rainy summer months, and is home to special desert-adapted species, such as the bat-eared fox, brown hyena, meerkat, and most famously, the black-maned lion.

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This is a camping paradise in Botswana, which boasts some of the best star-gazing in Africa, some magnificent self-drive routes through Deception Valley, other fossilised riverbeds, rolling grass hills and sand dunes. Look out for the rare aardvark, as well as the notorious honey badger, fantastic birds of prey, the world’s largest antelope – eland – its largest bird – ostrich – and absorb the peace and tranquility of this wilderness.

Accommodation in Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Haina Kalahari Lodge

Haina Kalahari Lodge

Haina Kalahari Lodge is located on the northern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Accommodation is in luxurious canvas tents with wooden verandas. There are six standard rooms, one family room and three luxury rooms. The main boma of wood and thatch houses the lounge, dining room and bar area. A swimming pool, sun deck, well-appointed bar and an expansive boma eating area are among the facilities available to visitors.

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Tau Pan Camp

Tau Pan Camp

Tau Pan is the first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana. It overlooks the famous Tau Pan, a large salt pan recognized for its stark beauty and remoteness. ‘Tau’ means lion in Setswana and the pan is so named for its pride of iconic black-maned Kalahari lions, who are frequent visitors to the camp as well. As well as game drives, activities at Tau Pan include day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans.

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Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp

Situated on an immense pan, Kalahari Plains Camp lies in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a place famed for its outstanding wildlife with vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions and lively honey badgers. This region also offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa. Kalahari Plains comprises eight en-suite canvas units (including one family unit) each with a sleep-out area from which to enjoy the night skies.

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Bushman Initiation Hunt

Bushman Initiation Hunt

The Bushman Initiation Hunt offers the incredible opportunity to experience a dignified Bushman safari. Uncharted Africa Safari Co., in conjunction with the Bushman people themselves, offer a unique and fascinating opportunity to experience the age-old rituals and traditions associated with an initiation hunt. The rite of passage from boyhood to man is sanctified by the successful hunt of a large antelope. To hunt an eland with Bushmen in a truly authentic manner is an incredible privilege and a rare and special experience.

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Central Kalahari Mobile Expedition

Central Kalahari Mobile Expedition

A Central Kalahari Mobile Expedition offers a tailor-made itinerary to suit guests’ pace and interests. All the necessary comforts, conveniences and a few unexpected extras are provided to create an all-encompassing experience. Private camps, private vehicles and private guides make this an exclusive and detail orientated safari excursion in the best locations for the greatest wildlife experience. All ages are welcome on this proper adventure discovering Central Kalahari’s historic and enigmatic Deception Valley.

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