If the word 'Kalahari' makes you think of an empty red desert then it's time you tried a safari to one of Botswana's three Kalahari parks.
Visitors to Nxai Pan National Park, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park go on guided game drives through woodland, seasonally flooded pans and rolling grasslands - the scenery is beautiful, the illuminated night sky staggering ... and then there's the wildlife.
Besides classic Kalahari animals such as zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, eland, springbok and giraffe, these parks also have a well-deserved reputation for predators and you're likely to see black-maned Kalahari lions as well as cheetah, jackal and brown hyena with wild dog and leopard also on the list.
A Kalahari safari also presents the best opportunity to see many of Africa's smaller and more elusive animals such as wild cat, porcupine, aardwolf, meerkat and honey badger, and the birdlife is surprisingly good, especially in the rainy summer months between December and April.
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