Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)

Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR)

Wide open space and desert landscapes make The Central Kalahari Game Reserve one of Botswana's must see, for those looking for a truly wild safari destination. The 52,800 square kilometers of protected area make Central Kalahari second only to Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve as the largest game reserve in the world.There is no permanent surface water in either of the reserves and the vegetation is a shrub and low tree savannah with a ground cover of tufted perennials. Pans and fossil river valleys are important habitats. In summer it is awash with tall lush grasses, not what one usually imagines in a desert. Many of the river valleys are fossilized with salt pans. Four fossilized rivers meander through the reserve including Deception Valley which began to form around 16,000 years ago.

The Bushmen, or San, have inhabited this part of Africa for thousands of years. Although they were mobile, their movements had limits. Today they still live freely within the Central Kalahari, retaining one of Africa's rare hunter gatherer cultures, a glimpse of which can be seen on safari.