The Kalahari Desert covers most of Botswana. Seen from the air, this vast area of semi-arid savanna seems majestic in its emptiness, but once on the ground you realise your eyes have been playing tricks on you. This land is not empty at all. Salt pans give way to river beds, and when the rains do come, the life-giving water soon creates excellent grazing lands. Acacia trees, herbs, and grasses add colour to the landscape and provide sustenance for herbivores, who in turn become dinner for the carnivores.
The dry season is the best time to visit the Kalahari because that’s when the grasses start to die down and the animals and birds are drawn to the water holes to drink and bathe. Lasting from June to September, it coincides with the school summer holidays, making it an ideal destination for family adventures. The lodges are busier during this high season (though it is all relative -- you do after all still have 350,000 sq miles of desert to explore!), so we also recommend visiting at Easter when it’s quieter and you can get great deals at the lodges and camps.
What, then, can you expect from a Kalahari adventure? Africa Exclusive has ideas for families of all ages!