African Travel Concept

The Kgalagadi

Covering a full 84 percent of Botswana’s land area, the semi-arid Kgalagadi terrain overlooks most of the country. Contradicting the classical perception of desert as barren, vegetation-less, useless land, the Kgalagadi is alive with an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life. It has broad variations in vegetation, supporting three savanna types, namely grass, shrub and tree savanna.

Extensive grasslands feed wildlife populations and cattle herds alike, thus supporting the country’s third largest industry - cattle ranching. Botswana’s wealth of diamonds have fostered and sustained dramatic economic growth for the past 35 years, all being sourced in this apparent desolate and dry conditions.

Many desert animals, including springbok, gemsbok, eland, and even the Kalahari lion, are adapted to its semi-arid conditions, and can live without water for extensive periods. Most interesting of these adaptions are the Kalahari lions, which are thought to gain moisture from the body fluids of their prey.

Following a season of good rain, the desert is transformed, covered with lush, green grasses, and flooded pans – a source of rebirth and rejuvenation for animals and a drawing card for seasonal wildlife and birds. The Kgalagadi showcases beauty in its most natural form.

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