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Kalahari Desert

Kalahari Desert

Kalahari Desert

This sandy, semi-arid landscape, which comprises 360,000 square miles, covers much of Botswana, along with parts of Namibia and South Africa. The relatively flat, dune-covered expanse is punctuated occasionally by otherworldly-looking white depressions called pans, which are made of hardened silt where lakes once stood. Visitors to Botswana coming from the water-filled Okavango Delta can easily tack on a trip to this starkly contrasting habitat, which has a surprising amount of wildlife that has adapted to the desert. That includes lions, springbok, wildebeest, warthogs, and hyenas among other species. Many of them can be seen from Jack’s Camp or San Camp, two of the most exclusive retreats in Botswana.