Situated in central Botswana and forming part of the Kalahari Basin – the world’s largest continuous stretch of sand – Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a great place to meet the birds of the Kalahari Basin. The Basin itself stretches from the Orange River up to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has recently has been nominated for listing as a UNSECO World Heritage Site.
This is a prestigious accolade that will celebrate the basin’s unique landscapes, thriving concentrations of endangered and specialised species, and the culture of the San Bushmen who have called this desert home since the beginning of their time. It is a beautiful piece of Africa; a vision of shrubby sand dunes, wide, flat clay pans, acacia woodlands and camelthorn trees that offer shade to the panting black-maned lions as they loll, legs up, in the heat of the day.
But among the most eye-catching features of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the great variety of birds that chirrup noisily at dask and dawn. You’ll see regally perched eagles and bright-legged goshawks, the tall and gangly herons, and the widowbirds and weavers – some even seem to pose for pictures, as camera memory cards are filled with the feathery grace of the desert’s beady-eyed predators.