Kalahari Region

Kalahari Travel

Tips & Planning

What to pack?

It’s mostly warm and dry so loose, lightweight cotton and cotton blend clothing is most comfortable. Essential packing items are a sunhat, sun block, battery chargers and your personal medication kit. A torch and spare camera batteries are also recommended.

From May to August it can be very cold; temperatures in July often dip below freezing. Pack a warm hat and top for your early morning and evening activities. Guides will supply extra blankets on game drives. During the November to April summer months it’s recommended that you bring a lightweight rain jacket. Long-sleeved tops and trousers are also a good idea as protection from mosquitoes in the evenings and early mornings.

Laundry is done daily at some lodges. Note that due to cultural sensitivities, underwear is not included in the laundry service.

 

Travel light

Travel into the Kalahari is usually by light aircraft and luggage restrictions are vital. Each passenger is limited to one soft-sided bag of up to 20kg/44lbs plus a camera bag or similar. Excess baggage may be subject to additional baggage or charter charges.

 

Do I need to take Malaria precautions? 

Although the Kalahari lies in a malarial region, the chance of contracting the disease is extremely low as the region is barely inhabited. The risk is lowest during the dry winter and highest during the late summer period. Travellers to the Kalahari are however advised to consult a medical practitioner before they leave.

 

WHEN TO GO?

DEC/ JAN
Early rainy season; antelope birthing, good game viewing & excellent birding
FEB/ MAR/ APR
Peak rainy season; game viewing sporadic, some camps closed
MAY/ JUN/ JUL/ AUG
Dry season; easiest game viewing, mild days & very cold nights
SEP/ OCT/ NOV
Late dry season; very hot, game viewing best around water
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Top Experiences

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO

1. Go on a Game Drive

Led by sharp-eyed guides, morning & afternoon drives in open 4X4s are the best way to see the Kalahari’s animals. Lodges on private concessions offer spot-lit night drives too, the best way to spot nocturnal ‘specials’ like brown hyena, aardwolf & porcupine.

2. Meet the Meerkats

Botswana’s Kalahari is the best place to see meerkats – you may even find yourself used as an observation tower by them! Ask us about accommodation with habituated meerkat families – an unforgettable treat for children.

3. Track Big Cats

Teeming with animals from gerbils to giraffes, the Kalahari is classic cat country. It’s Botswana’s best place for cheetah, home to impressively sized lions plus leopards & smaller felines – caracal & wild cat.

4. Walk with the San

Several lodges offer opportunities to meet local guides from the Kalahari’s indigenous San Bushman communities. They’ll open up the secrets of this harsh-looking but surprisingly bountiful landscape.

5. Discover the Migration

Drawn to the Kalahari for its green, well-watered summer, zebra herds attract big cats & wild dogs. Stay at lodges around the Makgadikgadi Pans for the best locations.

6. Explore on Horseback

Now you can explore this wild, unspoilt area in the same way many of the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did – on horseback! We’ll tell you the best places to saddle up.

7. Go Bird Watching

There’s enough all year to keep the average bird watcher happy but serious birders should visit in summer when many migrant species arrive. Good rains bring pelicans & flamingos to the Makgadikgadi Pans.

8. Ride a Quad Bike

An epic quad bike journey across the pans to Kubu Island. Sleep under the stars on an ancient granite island in the middle of the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.the Ultimate in Real adventure, Unreal Style!

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