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About Central Kalahari

Central Kalahari is situated in Botswana, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Central Kalahari backpacking tours offer a blend of ancient San culture, excellent wildlife viewing and rich and varied plant and bird life.


Central Kalahari airports include: • Sir Seretse Khama - Gaborone International Airport • Maun Airport • Central Kalahari Game Reserve airstrips


A number of Central Kalahari birdlife can be found, including ostrich, various vultures and raptors, Little Bee-eater, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Secretary Bird.


Central Kalahari conservation is largely centered around the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is one of Botswana's top reserves. A number of wildlife, bird and plant species, as well as the indigenous San tribes can all be found in this reserve.


Central Kalahari malaria medication includes the following: • Mefloquine (Lariam) • Doxycycline • Atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone)


• Banking should be done in Maun before leaving for the Central Kalahari • Credit cards are seldom accepted in the region • Lodges within the Central Kalahari Game Reserve may be able to exchange foreign currency but most do not have facilities to do this • Be prepared and bring local Botswana currency when you visit this region


Central Kalahari plant life consists mainly of grasses and acacias, but there are over 400 identified plant species to be found, including the wild watermelon and desert cucumber.

Safety Tips

• Temperatures reach very high levels in this region, so wear a sunhat, bring plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of bottled water • Do not attempt to walk around the area without a guide - it is easy to get lost, and dangerous predators could be present • Stay in your car during game drives and listen to your guide's instructions • Do not ever attempt to feed or touch any wildlife you see • Look out for snakes and have respect for the San tribes and their cultures

Travel Books

Central Kalahari recommended travel books include the following: • The Kua: Life and Soul of the Central Kalahari Bushmen by Carlos Valiente Noailles • Africa's Top Wildlife Countries: Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe by Mark W. Nolting • The Healing Land: The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert by Rupert Isaacson • Southern Africa: Living Landscapes by David Rogers • Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers: Studies of the !Kung San and Their Neighbors by Richard B. Lee


Central Kalahari wildlife includes a range of game such as giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu and red hartebeest.


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