The Kalahari Desert is one of my favourite regions – so very different from the more traditional, archetypal desert scenery of towering sand dunes, found in neighbouring country, Namibia with its famous Namib Desert.
What makes going on safari in the Desert so interesting, is the fact that one has incredible, awe inspiring scenery and wonderful desert dwelling species that complement your game viewing anywhere else.
In Botswana, in the Makgadikgadi Salt pans, one has these extraordinary, habituated meerkats which are simply gorgeous and so inquisitive! They come right up to you and interact, yet they are still wild. Then there is the black maned lion, the brown hyaena, and antelope such as the oryx with its huge curved horns and the beautifully marked springboks. One also has the opportunity of meeting the last vestiges of the San people and learn more about their culture through a translator. There are some truly wonderful camps here, including Jacks Camp, San Camp and its sister camp, Camp Kalahari. You would then go on to the Okavango Delta, which provides the most beautiful contrast.
There is even the chance to undertake a riding safari in the Kalahari Desert, in the Makgadikgadi area, which is really special too!
In South Africa, there is Tswalu, which again is simply breathtaking but much more managed. Here the wildlife is contained in a certain area – but the landscape again, is breathtaking. Landing in a light aircraft amongst tall, golden grasses and the burnt orange colours surrounding you – no wonder Louis Vuitton chose it as their background for their latest advertising campaign! The walking and birdlife is superb too.
Whatever you decide to do, ensure that you include the Kalahari – as safaris to the Kalahari desert are so rewarding and as I say, a wonderful contrast!
Having lived in Botswana and Namibia, I know these regions incredibly well and with a team of specialists from Africa who have been creating beautiful, tailormade safaris for the last 24 years, we are in the best position to assist you!