You'll need to think carefully about when to go to the largely unvisited but surprisingly accessible Kalahari - it depends largely on what you want to experience.

Game viewing is good in the dry winter months as wildlife is concentrated around the few remaining waterholes; May to August is bone-dry with freezing nights while September and October are mostly dry but increasingly hot during the day.

The December rains however transform the Kalahari into a green Eden - many antelope give birth - attracting predators - while migrating zebra, buffalo and elephant herds add a surprising twist to game drives; if you can handle a bit of rain on your safari, then the early summer months of the "Green Season" (December/early January) are often considered the best time to visit the Kalahari.