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About Kalahari Desert

One of the biggest stretches of land, the Kalahari Desert is semi-arid land that runs through five countries. Game reserves in the desert across each region are rich with San culture, unique wildlife and plant life and stunning desert landscapes.


•Water is available at the camps, or can be brought in when arriving in the desert.
•There are no hospitals, and only very basic health care facilities throughout the Kalahari Desert.


There are no ATMs or banks in the desert, so it is best to withdraw cash in the city or nearest small town before leaving.

Safety Tips

• The Kalahari Desert can be accessed from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe. • Overlanding trips are the best way to enter the desert itself. • Driving alone into the desert is not recommended.

Visa Requirements

Depending on where you enter the Kalahari Desert, visa requirements may differ. Contact your local embassy for specific requirements regarding visas.

When To Go

The Kalahari Desert has a typical semi-arid climate, with temperatures ranging from warm to extremely hot during the summer months. Certain parts of the desert receive up to 250 millimetres of rainfall each year, with green pockets that are a haven for animal and bird species, while other parts are extremely arid. Etosha Pan in Namibia and Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana have the highest level of rain, and once dominated the desert.


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