Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Central Kalahari Game Reserve


Located The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), located in the heart of the Kalahari desert, is Botswana’s biggest reserve. Some of the best summer wildlife sightings in Africa may be found in this reserve, with its fossil dunes covered in scrub and endless horizons. A diverse variety of flora and fauna inhabit the reserve’s broad territory, both of which come to life during the wet season. The Kalahari black-maned lion, blue wildebeest, black bustard, and red-billed francolin are a few of the prominent animals and birds of the game reserve.


It may seem monotonous due to its size and desert-like scenery, but on the contrary, it is one of the most magnificent sights as the sun sets in the sky. The reserve’s natural beauty is enhanced by rain, which attracts swarms of animals to the pan in Deception Valley, making it the ideal place to see wildlife. An experience at the wildlife reserve will capture your heart and album since you may camp right in the middle of the reserve at places like Kwando Tau Pan Camp.


Location: Central Botswana

Nearest International Airport: Maun

How to reach: By road or chartered flight from Maun

Famous for: Stark Kalahari landscapes, wildlife

Best time to visit: Jan to Dec


Mammals: Blue wildebeest, Oryx, Springbok, Black-maned Kalahari Lion, Spotted Hyena, Yellow Mongoose, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Greater Kudu, and more

Birds: Black Bustard, Ostrich, Black-shouldered Kite, Red-billed Francolin, Martial Eagle, Chat Flycatcher, Common Kestrel, Namaqua Dove, and more


The topography of CKGR, which is located in the middle of a desert, is a large flat stretch of scraggly bushes strewn among dunes. Because of the wide horizons and arid vegetation, the landscape could seem monotonous. However, the horizon is a sight to behold as the afternoon hues fade as the sun descends in the sky. During the rainy season, inter-dune valleys become green, bringing life to the Kalahari game reserve’s often barren environment.


wildlife at kalahari game reserve

Around 250 different bird species live in the area, along with a diversity of herbivores and predators. Here, tourists can frequently witness wildebeest, oryx, springbok, and hyenas, among other species. Along with species like flycatchers and doves, the reserve is home to ground-dwelling creatures like ostriches, secretary birds, and kori bustards. Despite the fact that tourists can see animals and birds all year round, the wetter months of November to April are the greatest times to see them.


leopard strolling across red dunes in kalahari game reserve

When visiting the game reserve, visitors have two lodging options: lodges and camping. The Dinka Lodge is a popular option for those seeking seclusion and home comforts in the heart of Botswana. The haina safari lodge offers three different tented accommodation categories as yet another choice for visitors seeking a luxurious vacation. Kwando’s tau pan camp gives an amazing experience with its view of the ridge of an old sand dune and thatched units overlooking the Tau Pan Lake. For those who want to set up camp inside the reserve, it is a fantastic option.

black mane kalahari lion sitting on red dunes in kalahari game reserve