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Extraordinary Kalahari Desert Holidays

For an incredible experience of vast open space, for brilliantly starlit skies and sunbaked days in the most remote place in Southern Africa, let us plan a Kahalari holiday for you!

If you 

  • are interested in the extraordinary and wonderful culture of the San, this is the place to find out about it.
  • want to see birds and animals in a place like very few on earth and to have a unique experience then, too, this is the place for you.

With such a vast and inaccessible area it can be difficult to know where will be best to go or with whom. We have access to all the guides, lodges and camps. We know where and when to go, and what to look for. We can advise on all this, arrange flexible bookings and give you the security of ABTA and ATOL protection.

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Extraordinary Kalahari Desert Holiday Options

Truly 'far from the madding crowd' the Kalahari is still home to the last remaining San (Bushman) hunters, about 5000 of whom still live there. This is an arid world, largely untouched by modern life. Most game reserves are measured in acres. Not the Central Kalahari! It is about 20 000 square miles. And that doesn't include the Kgalagadi, Khutse, Mkagadikagdi Pan, Nxai Pan National Parks and hundreds of thousands of acres of private concessions.

Most of the Kalahari, including the Kgalagadi National Park (the Botswana section of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park) and the Khutse National Park, is very inaccessible and can only be visited in four wheel drive vehicles for camping trips. This is definitely not a self-drive option unless you are extremely experienced and are going with others with similar experience. It is possible to arrange escorted camping trips and we are very happy to assist with this if you are interested. The more likely options are...

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

By far the largest game reserve in Botswana and, in fact, the second largest game reserve in the world, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is truly vast. Originally a refuge for the San people, it has only gradually been opened up to visitors since the 1990s. It is best visited in the wetter summer months, when the northern part of the park, in particular, is home to large herds of game and plenty of predators.

There are lots of lions and cheetahs, as well as some desert adapted elephants and rhinos, but the density of game is not comparable with the Okavango Delta or Chobe. 

There are also plenty of birds to be seen.

Overall, however, this is a destination to be enjoyed for the uniqueness of the vast scrubby plains.

Makgadikgadi Pans and Nxai Pan Game Reserves

How can you resist seeing a place with such a beautiful name?

This area, centred on ancient salt pans, is best known for a massive migration of 35 000 to 75 000 zebra and wildebeest that takes place during the wetter, summer months. As with the similar migrations in East Africa and western Zambia, the migration attracts a great many predators, and game viewing is excellent there at that time of year.

In the wet season the pans are also home to hundreds of thousands of birds, including Greater flamingos, which breed there.

It you are looking for a really unique African experience, whether you want to fly in and enjoy the experience in luxury or whether you are thinking about a camping tour, we can advise you and arrange your holiday for you. As independent agents, with access to all the lodges, camps and touring companies we can ensure that you have an unforgettable experience with the security of ABTA and ATOL protection.

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Travel Time

With One Stop From London Heathrow to Maun: From 14 Hours Outbound & From 17 Hours Inbound. You could also fly to Windhoek, Gabarone or Johannesburg

Time Difference

At 12 o'clock in the UK it's 2 o'clock in Botswana, or 1 o'clock during daylight saving.


Have a look at the weather graph to see how the average temperature and average rainfall in Ghanzi, in the Kalahari, compare with the averages in London each month.

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Why Choose Us?
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 You will deal with one travel consultant from your first call until the end of your holiday.
 We offer independent and impartial advice.
 We have in-depth personal knowledge & expert destination training.
 We offer a totally bespoke service and are available at any time.
 Through The Hays Travel Independence Group we have access to the world's best holiday providers.
 Our prices are competitive with online prices.
 We are passionate about responsible and sustainable tourism.
 All holidays are ABTA & ATOL protected.

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