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Kalahari Desert

Listed under Deserts in Kalahari Desert, Botswana.

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Extending from Botswana into areas of South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari Desert's 900,000 square kilometers are unusually diverse in climatic and physical features. Only the South West can be described as true desert, with grassy ridges and small red sand dunes.

Under the guardianship of several South African national parks the wildlife flourishes here. Black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and mongoose are just a few of the indigenous animals who live in the Kalahari Desert, alongside a family of meerkats of BBC fame. There are also 280 different kinds of bird.

Some of the world's most productive diamond mines are in the Kalahari Desert, including the De Beers Company.

The humans who inhabited these open spaces 20,000 years ago were the ancestors of the Bushmen who live there today, known for their unique language of tongue clicks (Khoisan). Their ancient relatives left behind rock art which documents their history in a very personal way, most notably in Tsodilo, Botswana, believed to be a gathering place for the spirits of generations past.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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THe Kalahari desert is fantastic.

If you enjoy desrts with plenty of wildlife and quiet beauty and stunning views you must visit the kalahari in south africa.

If you prefer tour operators be warned NOT to use Kalahari Safaris.The worst tour operator of my life anywhere in the world.

You have been warned

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