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The red-brown sands have been blown over the African landscape for centuries, yet there is still a misconception of what the mystic Kalahari dessert really is. A semi-arid region, it is not the endless, unbearable sun-drenched and dusty dessert, rather - anchored by vegetation and in the wetter areas covered by lush woodland, the sands have settled considerably since the days when the bushmen roamed the endless landscape with thousand strong herds of antelope. Botswana's piece of Kalahari receives less rainfall, therefore offering wide sun-drenched grassplains where the occasional magnificent game viewing experiences will capture the heart of any discerning traveller along with the striking, rugged beauty of the Kalahari landscape. 


  • Other than the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, you will find the Khutse Game 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. 


  • Game 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. 

  • Historic 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.


Haina Safari Lodge: > Click to View
This luxury lodge is situated in the heart of the Central Kalahari, bordering the Central Kalahari National Park, about 30 kilometres North of Deception Valley.  The setting of Haina Safari Lodge is classically African, relaxed and informal while catering for exclusive needs.
Activities include guided drives by experienced and knowledgeable guides, Bushmen Cultural Experiences and Quad biking, which is a novel way to explore the verdant countryside. 
Judy Vaan Vuuren   Fax: +27(0)21 7826233 or Mobile +27(0)76 11 88 776
Email: judy@smartstrategies.co.za