The Kalahari Desert stretches across seven countries -Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Namibia, the only real reason it is called a desert is because it’s porous, sandy soil cannot retain surface water. In technical terms, it is not a true desert as some areas receive up to 250mm of rainfall.
The Namibian Kalahari Desert is covered with trees, ephemeral rivers and fossil watercourses. The reasonably regular rainfall during the summer months allow for large herds of antelope, birds, reptiles and amphibians to thrive. It is also here where the San Bushmen call home.
The Kalahari Desert consists of 1/3 of Namibia’s eastern side. As far north as Tsumkwe and as far south as the border with South Africa. With the exception of Windhoek’s Central Highlands, the desert is east of the B1 Highway.
The Kalahari region can be included as part of any itinerary. To learn more about our itineraries, click on one of the sample itinerary links below:
- Namibia Sample Self Drive Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Guided Safari Itinerary
- Namibia Sample Classic Fly & Guided Safari Itinerary
Best Times to Go
The best time to go to the Kalahari Desert are between the months of April-September. During this time the days are warm to hot and the nights cool to freezing.
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