The Kalahari Desert is a place of boundless beauty, overrun with bare rocks and gorgeous dunes. Take a journey here, and you will find yourself in a landscape and culture unlike any other.

The Kalahari region – derived from the Tswana word, ‘Kgala’, meaning “ the great thirst” – is not only characterised by its low-lying, rust-red sand dunes, but also tufts of dry grass and dots of Camelthorn trees along with striking salt pans. Its warm colours are encapsulated in features like diverse flora and golden grass plains. The 930.000 km² Kalahari semi-desert covers the eastern third of Namibia and extends into Botswana and South Africa. Experience incredible tranquillity as you watch endless blue skies turn into a canopy of stars in the 20.000 year-old traditional homeland of Namibia’s bushmen, the San.

Highlights

Spot animals like the famous black-maned Kalahari lion, the graceful oryx, and the curious meerkat.
Take on the varying Kalahari landscapes on a 4x4 trail.
Take a guided bush walk to learn about the San people and their ancient traditions.
Go on a guided safari adventure in an open game viewing vehicle.
Watch a vivid Namibian sunset from the summit of a red desert dune.
Stop your car and have a picnic under the shade of a big acacia tree.

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Best time to go to The Kalahari

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The Kalahari wildlife is plentiful in the dry season between April and September, making this the best time to visit. During this time, the days are mild to warm, and the nights are cold with temperatures below 0°C. Along with the summer rains between November and January, the birding season emerges with over 200 different species to view. Temperatures of 35°C are typical in this season and can rise to a scorching 45°C.

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Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Lodge set among red sand dunes deep within the Kalahari Desert
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