10 Tours to Central Kalahari, ordered shortest to longest trip. Prices are from R19867 $1618 £1173 €1320 A$2033 C$2012 NZ$2227 to R57392 $4675 £3390 €3813 A$5873 C$5814 NZ$6433 per person. Use our Tour Search → to filter by price, duration, start point, travel style and more.
The most outstanding feature of safaris to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the remote desert experience. The most unforgettable part of exploring this game reserve is being surrounded by the vast open landscapes of the Kalahari Desert - a truly wild and solitary land. The endless dry plains, star-studded night skies and enveloping silence will stay with you forever.
You can go to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana on a self-drive safari or an organised tour.
To explore the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) you will need a 4x4 safari vehicle. If you're visiting on your own steam then you will need to take everything that you need with you, from camping equipment to food and water. It's much easier to opt for a guided safari with a trusted tour company. Taking an organised safari is often more rewarding as the experienced guides know the lay of the land and are skilled in spotting wildlife and birds.
Interacting with the San (Bushmen) is one of the highlights of safaris to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
The guided bush walks with the Bushmen are an incredible way to explore the desert and learn how this tribe has survived here for so long. These safaris offer insight into the traditional culture of the San, as well as the plants and animals of the Kalahari. The locals show visitors their hunting skills and share their extensive knowledge of life in the unforgiving Kalahari. Cultural encounters often include hearing the San's tales of bravery and adventure, as well as listening to their clicking language and watching them dance.
This dry game reserve is home to a surprising array of wild animals and birds, including unusual and endangered species. Game viewing in the heart of the Kalahari can be highly rewarding, especially during and after the summer rains.
Game drives are conducted in 4x4 safari vehicles during the early morning and late afternoon hours when animals are more active and the heat of the desert is less intense.
One of the most prized wildlife sightings is the famous Kalahari lion, a black-maned predator that is larger than its savannah counterpart.
The CKGR reserve and surrounds are scattered with some 36 campsites and a handful of game lodges with plenty of empty space in between. The campsites generally offer basic facilities, such as a pit latrine, bucket showers and a braai (barbecue) area. The luxury safari lodges on the other hand, offer a host of facilities and are often reached by small private airplanes.
Staying over in the Kalahari gives you the chance to marvel at the starry skies and soak up the solitude, silence and sheer scale of this special place.
Find out more with our Central Kalahari budget travel guide page.