The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is larger than Denmark and at approximately 52,800 sq kilometers, is the largest game reserve in Botswana and is the second largest game reserve in the world. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve was set up in 1961 and is situated in the central part of BotswanaBotswana. This area is one of the largest protected areas in Africa and is an arid vista of open plains, saltpans and ancient riverbeds. Varying from sand dunes with many species of trees and shrubs in the north, to flat bushveld in the central area, the reserve is more heavily wooded in the south, with mophane forests to the south and east.
After the summer rains arrive in the northern section of Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the vast plains become one of the prime game-viewing areas in Botswana. Magnificent cloud formations are seen during the summer rains. The vast plains become alive with sweet grasses and beautiful flowers. Together with the land coming to life, thousands of gemsbok, springbok and wildebeest, together with smaller numbers of lion, cheetah and jackal can be spotted. This gathering of animals is a sight to behold and can be compared with the Serengeti/Masai Mara migrations of Tanzania and Kenya. Visitors to the park get a chance to view predators like the lion, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyena, brown hyena, wild dog, aardwolf, caracal, black-backed jackal, honey badger, African wild cat, black-footed and striped polecat, common genet, bat-eared and Cape fox, meerkat and banded, yellow and slender mongoose. Other animals include springbok, hartebeest, gemsbok, wildebeest, duiker, springhare, porcupines and Brants's whistling rat.
Deception Valley Lodge
Deception Valley Lodge has an ethnic African theme and was built to fit into the surrounding bush without altering or detracting from the natural ambience and colour. Guests can experience the vastness of the Kalahari and share in the knowledge of the Bushmen who have inhabited Botswana for at least 30,000 years. The cultural walks, guided by the Bushmen, remain the highlight at this luxury safari lodge.
Haina Safari Lodge
Haina Safari Lodge is classically African; relaxed and informal. Situated on 12000ha on the border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Haina Safari Lodge offers mobile overnight and day trip safaris into the game reserve. Discover the mysteries of the Kalahari bush on a guided game drive and on quad bike safaris. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with the local Bushmen people.
Leroo La Tau
Leroo La Tau is built on 15m high cliffs above the now flowing Boteti River which gives guests opportunities for spectacular wildlife sightings from this raised vantage point During the dry season, the Boteti area is populated by up to 30 000 wildebeest and zebra which have migrated down to the Makgadikgadi in search of grazing. The migration brings with it predator activity. Leroo La Tau is not only about lion, zebra and wildebeest – other species found around the lodge are Chobe bushbuck, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupines, genets, caracal and white rhino to name a few.