Kalahari Desert | Namibia

The road to Namib Desert Lodge. NamibiaThe road to Namib Desert Lodge. Namibia

The Kalahari in south-east Namibia is an area of ancient red dunes scattered with grass and low bush and umbrella-shaped Camelthorn trees. It is the ancient home of Bushmen, some of whom still live in this semi-desert.

The Kalaharihas plentiful game with wandering Antelopes, especially the hardy Oryx, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Brown Hyena and Kalahari Lions. Smaller mammals also do well here including Meerkat, who live in fascinating well ordered communities. In the red sands of the Kalahari, some Bushman still roam in harmony with the land, as their ancestors have done for thousands of years.

Here you can rendezvous with a local Bushman community for interactive visits, which include a walk into the bush to explain how to survive in this harsh place. You will not understand their fast and complex clicking language so a translator is provided. This encounter is not patronising and leaves you feeling enriched for having met these lovely people. Stay a couple of nights in the Kalahari for a solid encounter with the elements of the semi-desert, and witness a night as black as it can get, the stars in all their glory or a moon as bright as day.

Climate:

Summer:Temperatures can exceed 40C (104F).

Winter:Days are very pleasant but nights can drop to below freezing.

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