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CENTRAL KALAHARI GAME
This reserve, founded in
1961, was set up to protect and provide a home for the few remaining indigenous
people of Botswana - the San, or Bushman, so that they may thrive and survive in
their natural environment! This sandy reserve is one of the most unspoilt areas
in Africa and was only recently opened to the public. It is made up of white,
sparkling salt pans and shimmering grass with a few mopane, camel-thorn and
Kalahari apple tress dotting the flat grass plains. A dusty old water course
which ran strong 16 000 years ago - now known as Deception Valley is the prime
game viewing area in this reserve. During the dry season, man and animal seek
out tsamma melons and gemsbok cucumbers to provide them with water.
Other than the
Central Kalahari Game Reserve, you will find the
Reserve and Mabuasehuba.
This dry harsh land used to be home to the indigenous people of
Botswana - the San or Bushman, and the Central Game Reserve is still home to the
few remaining San. They have left us many reminders of that
forgotten time and an experienced guide can teach you their way of life and
culture and how they adapted to the environment in which they lived.
in the Reserve are many small salt pans, which produce interesting fossil sights
as well as many of the ancient now dry rivers.
Viewing: Game viewing in the
Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the prime game
viewing areas in Botswana during the wet season. During the summer months,
a variety of antelope,
such as springbok, gemsbok as well as zebra and wildebeest cover the vast
grass plains comparable to the migration in Serengeti and Masai Mara.
There are also cheetah, lion, black-backed
jackal and brown-hyena to be seen in some parts of the park. Another
rare animal in other parts of the world, which is seen quite often in this
area is the barking gecko.
Trails: Bushmen remnants are
everywhere to be found in this region which will teach you their way of
life and culture and give you a few tips on how to survive in this harsh,
remote environment. And the few remaining in the Reserve will provide with
a trip back in time not to be forgotten.
4 x 4'ing: Venture into the 4x4
paradise of Africa, comparable to the desert of Namibia and the tough
trails of South Africa. This harsh, untamed land will make any 4x4
enthusiasts heart race. Be sure to know where you are going and pack
enough supplies and fuel to last your journey. Its a mean, inhospitable
and sparsely uninhabited land out there.
As there are no accommodation establishments
in the Kalahari region, you have to get back to nature and camp out in the open.
It is recommended that you travel this area with an experienced guide and be
sure to find out what and how much supplies you need.