The Kalahari Desert covers most of Botswana, but also extends into South Africa and the eastern part of Namibia. The Kalahari is not a true desert, like the Namib Desert. Even though the soil in the Kalahari is sandy and incapable of retaining surface water, there is enough rainfall for the area to be covered by vegetation, mostly grasses, but also trees and savannah vegetation in certain areas. The presence of vegetation means that a decent number of animals are able to survive in this environment, including giraffe, springbok, oryx, lion, cheetah and brown hyena. In Namibia, the Kalahari sand is often strikingly red, making for wonderful vistas and photo opportunities.
The San or bushmen people are the traditional inhabitants of this area and many still live here as nomadic hunter gatherers, practising the same way of life as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years.
where to stay
From our many visits to the Kalahari, we have first-hand knowledge of many of the best places to stay and use them in our Namibia itineraries. Open, close, then open each tab again to display the images fully.