CKGR is within the Ghanzi District, and together with Khutse Game Reserve they form the largest Game Reserve complex in Botswana and the third largest Game Reserve in the world. Forming part of the Kalahari eco system, it supports a wide variety of animals such as Wildebeest ,Hartebeest, Eland, Springbok ,Kudu ,Giraffe ,Brown Hyena, Warthog, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Leopard ,Lion ,Blue Wildebeest and Gemsbok. The word “Kalahari” is derived from the Tswana word “Kgala” meaning “great thirst “–and it has vast areas without any permanent water. The term “desert” is however not quite accurate when referring to the Kalahari, the region receives an annual rainfall of 60 mm – 175 mm,too high to be classified as a true desert. The Kalahari’s vegetation consists mainly of grasses and acacia’s as well as stunted thorn and scrub bush. There are over 400 identified plant species present. Annual rain season is between December and March when summer temperatures can get quite high. After the summer rains – the CKGR completely transforms as the blue sky fills with huge clouds, and the plains and pans burst with sweet grasses. This is one of the best game viewing areas in Botswana at this time of the year and not many people seem to be aware of this – so the visitors are few. The dry season between May – September is also a wonderful time to visit the CKGR s the animals congregate close to any surface water and pans.CKGR activities are considered as “Dry Safari” ,while the Okavango is referred to as “Wet Safari” – terms synonymous with the conditions found in the two areas subsequently.

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