A desert doesn’t have to be dry and barren: that’s the first lesson you’ll learn if you visit the Kalahari. Rains do come now and then, creating life-giving pools of water. While the water in the Kalahari is certainly not plentiful, it’s just enough to support a fascinating selection of flora and fauna which has evolved to survive in the arid environment.
Much of the Kalahari is covered by xeric savanna, scattered with grasses, thorns and herbs. The acacia trees are native, and so too are various melons and gourds. These support wildebeest and springbok, as well as desert adapted elephant. There are some predators as well: keep your eyes peeled for the camouflaged Kalahari lion, fur-caped brown hyena, nimble South African cheetah, and even a few leopard, perfectly at home in the heights of the acacias.
Getting out and about in the desert can be just as thrilling as the wildlife sightings. You can quad bike across the salt pans, horseback ride through the savanna, and learn the multi-generational secrets of the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen on fascinating bush walks. Adrenaline-pumping quad biking is possible day and night and the stargazing is superb with the endless expanse of inky desert skies.