Central Kalahari Game Reserve- Bushmen & facts
In the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana, experience a place of golden plains and exceptional diversity of wildlife
Springboks in sunset dress
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is within the Ghanzi District, and together with the Khutse Game Reserve they form the largest Game Reserve Complex in Botswana and the third largest in the world.
The 52 800 sq.km Game Reserve consists of fossil valleys and short shrub savannah type vegetation.
Forming part of the Kalahari ecosystem it supports a wide variety of animals such as wildebeest, hartebeest, eland, springbok, kudu, giraffe, brown hyena, warthog, cheetah, wild dog, leopard, lion, blue wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu, red hartebeest and springbok
Central Kalahari Game Reserve [CKGR]
Annual rain season is between December and March when summer temperatures can get quite high. After the summer rains – the CKGR completely transforms as the blue sky fills with huge clouds, and the plains and pans burst with sweet grasses.
This is one of the best game viewing areas in Botswana at this time of year and not many people seem to be aware of this – so the visitors are few. Summer Specials
The dry season (May-September) is also a
wonderful time to visit the CKGR as the animals congregate
close to any surface water and pans
Best viewing times are between December and April, when the animals congregate in the pans and valleys.
Sleeping in the open without a tent is dangerous and tents should be fastened to prevent hyenas, snakes, and scorpions from gaining entry.
Foodstuffs should not be kept in the tent but in vehicles to avoid the unwanted attentions of lions and hyenas.
Visitors may walk in pan areas where visibility is good, but walking in areas of tall grass or thick bush is potentially dangerous and not encouraged.
It is always wise to stay within easy reach of the vehicle. There are three entry points to the reserve, the one through Khutse in the south, then a western entrance through Xade, and also in the north-east through Matswere
Getting There: From Gaborone it is a 250 km road journey. You will need a 4 x 4 and the journey will take over four hours
Campsites(book direct with Botswana National Parks)
There are nine undeveloped public camping sites within the Central
Kalahari. Matswere is the access point for designated but undeveloped
campsites in the region of Deception Valley, Sunday Pan, Leopard Pan
and Passage Valley.
The campsites at Piper Pan can be accessed from either Matswere or
Xade. While these sites remain undeveloped with no toilets, visitors
are requested to dig their own mini-latrine to ensure they leave no
signs of being there.
Water for purposes other than drinking is available from the Wildlife Camp at Xade and at the Matswere entrance gate/tourist office