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  • Location:Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February
  • How to reach: Kalahari Desert can be reached easily. It is accessible from Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Most tourists go to the desert through Botswana. Road transport is well developed and you can avail of cars or four wheelers to travel in the desert.
  • Nearest Airport: Johannesburg International Airport
  • Time required for sightseeing: 2-3 hours
Kalahari is markedly different from other deserts. It has dry grasslands and a thriving plant life that spread for hundreds of miles, giving it a look that is more akin to savannah grasslands than the usual desert. Spread over nine countries, the Kalahari Desert is one of the prominent geographical features of Africa. Located in the southwestern part of the continent, the Kalahari Desert is a part of the Sub-Saharan region. It has only recently been gained popularity as a tourist destination.

The Kalahari Desert in Africa is spread over an area of 900,000 square kms. It is spread over vast areas of Botswana and extends to parts of Zimbabwe and Namibia. Unlike normal desert conditions, the geographical features of Kalahari are mostly arid. The sand masses in the desert are created due the erosion of the formation of soft stones. Another unique characteristic of the desert is that the sand ridges are formed by the wind patters which shape the ridges. These ridges are very common in the desert.

Kalahari Desert receives some amount of rainfall. The rainfall ranges between 3 and 7 1/2 inches annually. The River Okavango flows in the form of a delta in the north western part of the desert. The presence of water in this part of the desert has led to some growth of vegetation which supports some species of wildlife.
The ideal time for you to come to the Kalahari Desert is between the months of October and February. The climate in this region is mostly dry with extreme temperatures in the summer season.

Due to the presence of water, the Kalahari Desert is home to some species of flora and fauna. The desert consists of a vegetation of dry grasses, Acacia trees and thorny shrubs. These trees can survive for a long period of time even without water. There are a number of game reserves and wildlife reserves like Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Khutse Game Reserve. Some of the well known species of animal that are found in these places are jackals, meerkats, lions, brown hyenas, warthogs and other species. After the rains, the riverbeds offer wonderful grazing grounds for antelopes, giraffes and other herbivores.

You can go for safari trips to the Kalahari Desert. A number of travel agencies offer safari trips to various parts of the desert and also to the wildlife reserves. Take a trip to these places and experience Kalahari like never before. Watching the nests of the weaver birds in the camel thorn and the acacia trees are a wonderful sight. The weaver birds, of a size of sparrow, make these unique nests and breed in them.

Kalahari Desert can be reached easily. It is accessible from Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Most tourists go to the desert through Botswana. Road transport is well developed and you can avail of cars or four wheelers to travel in the desert.

Related Links :

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=QZMBzYO6l3Q: To find out how the Kalahari looks like, click on this link!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=_gC4IpoRAEw: The Kalahari is home to a large number of ancient and indigeneous tribes with their unique lifestyles. The Bushmen are one of the many tribes that inhabit the land. This video provides you with a glimpse into their daily lives and activities.


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