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Kalahari Desert


An interesting region for a Namibia safari, the Kalahari Desert is a large, semiarid savannah that covers 900,000 square kilometres (350,000 square miles) extending over seven countries: Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia.

The Bushmen, the ancestors of Southern Africa’s original inhabitants have lived as hunters and gatherers for 20,000 years in the Kalahari Desert.  They rarely need to drink water instead quenching thirst with plant roots and desert melons. 

It is interesting to note that the Kalahari is not a true desert in that parts of the region receive over 250 mm of erratic rainfall annually thus classifying it as a fossil desert.  The area contains a variety of habitats including grasslands and Acacia trees and is home to a number of game reserves. 

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve while the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the world’s second largest protected area.  It also hosts the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park which straddles the borders of South Africa and Botswana with no boundaries between the two countries allowing animals to roam freely.

The Kalahari is a superb birding destination ona Namibia tour with varied wildlife including cheetahs, giraffes, springbok, zebras and more.  Various activities like game drives, hiking, Bushman walks and cultural visits have helped the Kalahari Desert to become a popular tourist destination.  

 


 

Namibia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Namibia vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Namibia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Namibia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Namibia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Namibia tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Africa tours, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from Namibia or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours

 

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