Kalahari Desert

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa extending 900,000 square kilometres covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. As semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert, such as the Namib Desert to the west. The intense orange red sand volumes are shaped by the wind into elongated sand ridges and give the landscape its characteristic appearance.  Wildlife in this region include springbok, oryx, ostrich, jackal, bat-eared fox, Hare and Porcupine.  In addition, typical for this landscape, are the huge weaver nests in the thick branches of the ancient camelthorn trees.  The San Bushmen also call the Kalahari their home.





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