Global-Blog On August - 27 - 2011

From the safari centre in the Republic of Botswana (southern Africa), the lively town of Maun, the majority of safari adventures start (and finish) here. From Maun you can depart to most of the wonderful National Parks Botswana has to offer. When you go north west to explore the Okavango Delta you can visit the Moremi Game Reserve. Even further to the north to visit the Savuti Marshes and Chobe National Park. Or you can go east and visit the Nxai Pan National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The Kalahari Desert is a vast and diverse habitat, not like a desert you might imagine. The Kalahari stretches out from the centre of Botswana into Namibia in the west and across the border to South Africa. That part of the desert is better known as the Khalagadi Desert or Khalagadi Transfrontier National Park. Geographically, both parks (the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Transfrontier National Park) are part of the Kalahari Desert, but the parks are far apart. The Transfrontier Park is managed by SAN Parks (South African National Parks) and in order to visit it you must have a reservation or booking. This also very much applies to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

This reserve is managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Botswana. The Transfrontier Park is a more accessible and has a comfortable setup with nice campsites and cabins that have a shower, a kitchen, a toilet and so on. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is very different. There are no facilities. The designated campsites only have a pit latrine and bucket shower. There is no water available and even the bore hole in one of the pans has been controversial for many years. You have to remind yourself to bring enough water, not only for drinking but also for washing up. Actually, you have to bring everything, from food to firewood. That means you have to be self sufficient in order to survive. The park staff is very helpful and concerned. They know the area very well and check up on you almost every day. This means that they drive from the main gate (which is a 2 to 3 hours bumpy drive) to see you at night and make sure you are alright. The park itself has much to offer and it is recommended to stay at least 3 or 4 nights.

If possible you should consider staying longer so you can explore this magnificent reserve, which measures almost 53.000 square kilometers with dunes, thorn bush, salt pans and game! In the reserve you may see the cheetahs hunting, a lion couple mating, giraffes migrating and of course many gemsbok. And you may also see honey badgers, different kinds of snakes and black backed jackals. Good places to camp are at Deception Pan, Piper and Leopard Pan and after having stayed there you might consider to go south and visit the Khutse Game Reserve. This reserve is adjacent to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and is better known for its landscape and smaller predators compared to the wildlife up north.

Another very nice alternative is to go to the west of the reserve and visit the traditional inhabitants of the Kalahari, the Bushmen. They are commonly known as the San people, but this is a disrespectful name, because it is believed to mean “wild people how cannot farm.” A day with these people will make an exceptional impression lasting a lifetime. []Bush Calls Botswana Safaris is specialized in packaged and []custom made safari tours. We take you deep into the bush to remote area where you can enjoy nature and wildlife as it was thousands of years ago. We are a citizen owned Batswana company; we know where to go and what to see. And since we are proud member of the Botswana Guide Association) BOGA, we can really camp in the bush and avoid public campsites. Travelling with Bush Calls Safaris means supporting the citizen owned enterprise and local economic development.

Article Source: [] Cultural Safari – The Central Kalahari

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