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Kalahari, Botswana
Tags : safari

KALAHARI GAME RESERVE

This is one of the remotest and most unspoilt , but also harsh parts of Africa. At certain times of the year, especially during the summer rainy season, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the prime game viewing areas of Botswana. The flat grasslands team with thousands of gemsbok and springbok, To be compared with the Serengeti in Tanzania. The Kalahari Game reserve is the largest reserve in Botswana, covering an area of 52, 8000km2. Its location is in the centre of Botswana. The Kuke fence run along its northern border, and the Khutse Game Reserve borders it in the south.

The Kalahari Game Reserve was initially set aside for the use of people who choose to continue their traditional hunting-gathering way of life. The San and the Bakgalagadi. The San have lived here for about 30 000 years. The reserve was established in 1961 to protect the resources on which these lifestyles depended.

Vegetation consist mainly of Acacia woodland, Acacia scrub and sandveld scrub. The two main Acacia species are Bastard umbrella , resembling the Umbrella thorn and Blackthorn. Around Piper Pans the succulent-like wild sesame bushes provide stunning scenery, especially when bearing the trumpet like flowers. Among the most notable shrubs are the Trumpet thorn and the yellow - flowered Western rhogozum. Also common during the rainy season is the yellow flowered ground creeper – Devil’s thorn.

The Kalahari Game reserve is one of the prime game viewing areas of Botswana. This is where Mark and Della Owens conducted their research for their book on the Brown Hyaena “Cry of the Kalahari”. During the rainy season, November to January, this desolute area is transformed into a green paradise, teeming with thousands of Gemsbok, Springbok and Wildebeest. Lion, cheetah and jackal are also plentiful.

DECEPTION VALLEY NORTHERN CENTRAL KALAHARI

The Northern area of the Central Kalahari Reserve – Deception Valley to Piper Pans is one of the most spectacular areas to visit. During the rains – November to January \ February, vast herds of gemsbok and springbok congregate in this area taking advantage of the sweet sprouting grass. This time there is also an abundance of predators, lion, cheetah, brown hyena, jackal, bat-eared fox and other species. Bird life is also spectacular, especially around piper Pans. Other interesting places in the Central Kalahari Reserve is Sunday Pan, Passage Pan an Motopi, the traditional Bushmen settlement at Molapo And the biggest Bushmen settlement in the Kalahari – at Xade.

 

 

 

 

 

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