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The Kalahari region

Kalahari Region MapKalahari region in Namibia

The Kalahari Region in Namibia forms part of the 2.5 million square metre large Kalahari Basin, one of the largest coherent sand expanses worldwide. The central parts of the Kalahari Basin consists of the Kalahari Savanna also known as the Kalahari Desert.

Climate of the Kalahari Region

The most extreme climatic variations can be found in the Kalahari Region. Whereas temperatures of 35°C are common in summer, which can also easily climb up to 45°C, the Kalahari winter is characterised by significant temperature fluctuations. It is not uncommon that during the night temperatures fall below 0°C whilst during the day they again rise to around 25°C.

The Kalahari has too high a vegetation and average rainfall (100 – 150 mm in the south east and 600-650 mm in the north-east) to actually qualify as a real desert. The desert character is achieved by the absence of surface water. Standing and surface water occur especially in the Okavango Delta.

Flora and Fauna of the Kalahari Region

Thanks to its relatively high rainfall the Kalahari has a very diverse flora. The San (Bushmen) who have lived in the Kalahari for centuries know more than 1000 useful plants.  The wildlife is also of unique abundance. Especially in the national parks of Botswana and in the Okavango Delta uncountable mammal and bird species are found. 

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Highlights in the Kalahari region

In Namibia one of the highlights is the red dune landscape of the Kalahari east of Mariental. A visit to this part of the country makes sense for all those who are continuing further south or towards Botswana (eg. The Kgalagadi Transforntier Park).

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Accommodation in the Kalahari region

Auob Country LodgeEntrance and garden © Auob Country Lodge

Auob Country Lodge

Lodge and camping at the Auob riverbed

Ideally situated enroute to or from the Kgalagadi Auob Country Lodge offers 25 rooms, swimming pool, bar, dining room, curio shop and a lounge. Activities include guided and non guided hiking trails, game drives on the reserve, stargazing and outside dinners on the dunes.

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Bagatelle Kalahari Game RanchDune Chalets © Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch

Luxury lodge and camping in the Kalahari

As the name suggests Bagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch is situated in the red Kalahari Desert. Less than 300 km from Windhoek it is the perfect stop-over for guests travelling south to the Fish River Canyon.

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BitterwasserMain Lodge building © Bitterwasser

Bitterwasser

Lodge and Flying Centre

Bitterwasser is a lodge and famous flying center located south of Windhoek. The Lodge offers accommodation in 22 deluxe bungalows, 14 rondavels and 6 farm house rooms. Bitterwasser is suitable for up to 80 guests. A restaurant and a simmingpool is available. Scenic drives and guided nature dune walk are offered.

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Camelthorn Kalahari LodgeRestaurant & Swimming pool © Intu Afrika

Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge

Lodge in the Intu Africa Game Reserve

The Camelthorn Kalahari Lodge is situated in a secluded valley between two Kalahari dunes within the Intu Africa Kalahari Private Game Reserve. The 12 cottages have been built under shady Camelthorn trees. The lodge has a dining area, a boma and a natural stone pool.

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Kalahari Anib LodgeKalahari Anib Lodge © Gondwana Collection

Kalahari Anib Lodge

Lodge and camping in the Kalahari

Kalahari Anib Lodge is situated amongst the red Kalahari dunes about 30 km northeast of Mariental.  It has 55 rooms, two swimming pools, a restaurant and a camp site. The lodge has various walking trails and offers guided drives into the Kalahari Desert.

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Kalahari FarmhouseKalahari Farmhouse © Gondwana Collection

Kalahari Farmhouse

Lodge and camping in Stampriet

Kalahari Farm House is located in Stampriet. It has a 11 bungalows built in the Cape Dutch style; the restaurant and bar are located in the manor. Kalahari Farm House has a swimming pool and a campsite. It also has a large vegetable garden and a cheese dairy. Scenic drives at the nearby Kalahari Anib Lodge are being offered.

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Kalahari Game LodgeRestaurant & Swimming pool © Kalahari Game Lodge

Kalahari Game Lodge

Lodge and camping close to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Situated close to the world famous Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park the Kalahari Game Lodge owns a 40.000 Ha private game reserve where 55 mammals, 58 reptiles and amphibians, 105 bird species and 185 plant types have found a home. The Kalahari Game Lodge has a long history in tourism but has seen some renovations and upgrades in 2013.

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Kalahari Red Dunes LodgeGuest chalet © Ondili Lodges & Activities

Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge

Lodge in the Kalahari

The Kalahari Red Dunes Lodge is situated between Kalahari dunes in a dry lake (vlei) and provides 12 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. The lodge offers several activities, e.g. the Transkalahari Walk.

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Lapa Lange LodgeLodge buildings and garden © Lapa Lange Lodge

Lapa Lange Lodge

Lodge and Camping near Mariental

Lapa Lange Lodge is situated only 35 km from Mariental in the Kalahari Desert. The lodge offers a refreshing swimming pool, a restaurant and a floodlit waterhole. Game drives are conducted in open vehicles and with a bit of luck even Rhinos can be spotted.

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Stampriet GuesthouseReception and Entrance © Stampriet Historical Guesthouse

Stampriet Historical Guesthouse

Guesthouse in Stampriet

Stampriet Historical Guesthouse is an individually designed guesthouse, situated in Stampriet. The Historical Guesthouse offers 11 historically furnished rooms. Furthermore there is a swimmingpool, a bar and restaurant, internet access and a wooden sundowner deck. It is an ideal stopover for safaris into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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Suricate Kalahari Tented LodgeSpring buck in front of Suricate Lodge © Intu Afrika

Suricate Kalahari Tented Lodge

Lodge in the Intu Africa Game Reserve

The Suricate Kalahari Tented Lodge is situated on a red Kalahari dune within the Intu Africa Kalahari Private Game Reserve. It has 12 luxurious walk-in tents each with a private deck and open air bathroom. Various activities within the reserve are offered.

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Terra Rouge CampSelf-Catering bungalow © Terra Rouge

Terra Rouge

Self-Catering and camping close to Mata Mata

Terra Rouge is found only 45 km from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (former Kalahari Gemsbok Park) and is thus idealy situated for visitors to and from the park. It offers 3 fully equipped self-catering bungalows and 5 beautyful camp sites und old Camelthorn trees at the banks of the Auob River.

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Teufelskrallen Tented LodgeTerrace at sun set © Ondili Lodges & Activities

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge

Tented Camp in the Kalahari

Teufelskrallen Tented Lodge, situated on the first Kalahari Dune from the western side, offers visitors 6 luxury tents, a restaurant and a swimming pool. The lodge organizes several activities, including game drives.

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Torgos LodgeRestaurant © Torgos Lodge

Torgos Lodge

Lodge at Mata Mata (Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park)

Torgos Lodge is located just outside the well-known Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The lodge offers 2 luxury en-suite bungalows and 8 luxury en-suite tented chalets. Each unit has its own veranda overlooking the dry Auob River.

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Zebra Kalahari LodgeGuest rooms and swimming pool © Intu Afrika

Zebra Kalahari Lodge

Lodge in the Intu Africa Game Reserve

The Zebra Kalahari Lodge is situated within the Intu Africa Kalahari Private Game Reserve amidst the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. The lodge can accommodate 26 guests in modern, elegant rooms and offers various activities within the reserve.

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