The Kalahari was not always a desert. The Makgadikgadi Pans - one of the largest salt pans in the world - was once a lake greater in size than Switzerland, though it dried up many millennia ago.
Plenty of species have adapted to live in this flat, reddish landscape, dotted with camel thorns and occasional scrub. The magnificent black maned lion is the king of the Kalahari; his subjects include endangered African wild dog, bat eared fox, and brown hyena. But perhaps the most entertaining of all the Kalahari species to watch is the meerkat. Meerkat mobs can be 50 members strong, and if you sit amongst them at Jack’s Camp they’ll have no fear about using you as their climbing frame.
One of the best ways to explore the Kalahari is by quad bike; they’re intuitive vehicles to drive. Ride out in the afternoon to the sun-steeped salt pans where you’ll love racing along, possibly spotting wildlife in the distance. Afterwards, you can enjoy an incredible sleep out under an unspoilt expanse of desert stars.