Experience  The Kalahari @ Khutse Game Reserve

Derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning “the great thirst”, or Kgalagadi, meaning “a waterless place”, the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. The Kalahari has a number of game reserves—the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR, the world’s second largest protected area), Khutse Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with a focus on Khutse Game Reserve.

Khutse Game Reserve, which is the southern extension of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, was established to conserve the pans of the Central Kalahari. Khutse, meaning “place to kneel down and drink”, is renowned for its ancient pans that once formed part of Africa’s largest inland lake. The waterholes now attract a wide variety of game and bird-life and in turn attracting the predators including leopard, cheetah and the famous black mane lion.

Activities on offer are a combination of both wildlife and cultural experiences thus offering a complete range of bush experiences from game drives into the reserve, guided walks that interpret the tracks and signs of the wild. Here, one is able to absorb the local culture and traditions of the San (Basarwa) people by enjoying the bushman experience and reflect on centuries of the local history of the land. All activities are focussed into the Khutse Game Reserve.

What a great way to explore the bush in true luxury than by staying at the lovely Khutse Kalahari Lodge. This luxury lodge is situated at the eastern gate of the Khutse Game Reserve, just a three hour drive, 220 kms north-west from Gaborone, and is the final frontier before one enters the renowned Central Kalahari Desert and Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge is only reachable by 4×4 and therefore gives the outdoor enthusiast an unparalleled encounter with the bush. Simple, yet stylish decor ensure maximum comfort and opulence whilst remaining right on nature’s doorstep.

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