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The Kalahari was formed by violent winds dumping huge volumes of sand that today covers the upper regions of the Northern Cape in South Africa and spans neighbouring countries Botswana and Namibia. Although officially classified as a desert, the Kalahari is more semi-arid, as farmers breed cattle and sheep, table grapes are produced and many wild animals thrive in this region.
The area is sparsely populated but full of surprises. Farmers employ ingenious methods to provide water for the residents and animals, and to irrigate their crops.
The Kalahari is synonymous with South Africa’s original inhabitants, the San nation, a people that have survived – and mastered – this harsh land for centuries, and the Trekboers (travelling farmers, directly translated) that fought and now live peacefully alongside the San descendants.
Summertime can be extremely hot in the Kalahari whereas temperatures during winter are generally mild.
The Kalahari provides absolute peace and healthy air, as well as an opportunity to meet friendly citizens and hear their heart-warming life stories.
Top 8 reasons to visit the Kalahari
1. The pretty streets of Kuruman are a welcome break from the surrounding open plains. Visit The Eye, a perennial spring that pours out millions of litres of water daily. The Kalahari Meerkat Project is located here and paying photographers are invited to spend the day photographing this social member of the mongoose family.
2. The water canals are the most striking feature of Kakamas, a town named after a raging cow. Other oddities include a hydro-electric power station disguised as an Egyptian temple, working ancient water wheels and the WW1 graves of German troops who participated in probably the most southerly battle between Germans and the Allies.
3. Visit the Witsand Nature Reserve in Olifantshoek to experience the roar of the white sands on the 100m high dunes that stretch for 10km. On certain days... Show more