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Jewel of Africa Safaris is a family owned, South African, luxury tour operator offering you effortless access to personalized, tailor-made safaris in Southern and East Africa.

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Experience a once-in-a-lifetime completely immersive private trekking boat safari in the Okavango Delta, which will get you close to both the water and wildlife of this magical wilderness region.
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Your first-choice Botswana photographic safari offers unrivalled photographic experiences in three of the must-visit destinations, Chobe, Okavango Delta and Central Kalahari.
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Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The ultimate remote desert safari luxury experience featuring desert-adapted wildlife, cultural experiences and the clearest night skies in Africa.

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The Luxury Remote Botswana Safari Tour Destination

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world and is situated in central Botswana. As the most remote reserve in Southern Africa it is home to striking, but elusive wildlife species such as desert-adapted rhino, oryx, black-maned lions, cheetah and brown hyaena. Unique wildlife sightings are also complimented by interesting cultural interactions and walks with the local San bushmen, the oldest living inhabitants of Africa. The Kalahari is not recommended for first-time safari-goers, but is rather meant for experienced safari tour travelers, who have already explored the rest of Botswana and are looking for a different and unique luxury Botswana safari experience away from the crowds usually found in the north. This is also one of the most popular off-the-beaten track African safari tour destinations for photographers, especially for sunset, desert landscape and night sky photography.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve
Deception Valley

Luxury Remote Kalahari Desert Landscapes Experiences

When visiting the Central Kalahari Game Reserve during your luxury African safari, you can expect to experience unique, magnificent and remote Botswana landscapes. The reserve is so vast and remote, that you will be surprised to find other travelers here. Expect both endless shimmering pans and golden grasslands stretching from one horizon to the other, with a variety of desert-adapted trees standing tall in grand isolation. The grasslands appear to stretch endlessly to the horizon and at the end of each day the red and purple hues of the sunset make for exceptionally scenic landscape photography. After dark, the clear night sky lights up with such a brilliance of stars that is difficult to find anywhere else.

See The Unique Black-Maned Kalahari Lions 

The sheer size of the Kalahari makes spotting wildlife tricky, but each sighting is much more private and exclusive as you will probably be the only vehicle around. During the rainy, green season (Dec – April) many species tend to concentrate in the northern part of the park, near Deception Valley. Predators that can be spotted here include the famous black-maned lions which can only be found in this region as well as cheetah and brown hyaena. Adapting easily to the desert habitat, suricates (meerkat), jackals, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes and the African wild cat can also be spotted. Springbok and oryx are the most numerous of the large herbivores found here, together with red hartebeest, eland, wildebeest, zebra, kudu and giraffe.

Awe-inspiring San Bushman Walks & Stargazing Tours

During your safari the unique wildlife sightings will be complimented by interesting cultural interactions and walks with the local San bushmen, the oldest living inhabitants of Africa. Their local knowledge of this ancient land is shared with you so that you learn more of the veld as their local provider of food, medicine and shelter. As the sun fades and a fire is lit, the sounds of their singing will fill the air and the animated story of each song tells a tale of life in the Kalahari Desert. At night, spend time gazing at and photographing the brilliant African night sky, which will be the clearest here than anywhere else in Botswana.

Ideal Destinations

For memories that last a lifetime, tailor your ideal luxury Kalahari African Safari

Jewel of Africa works with your wish list, or offers obligation-free advice, on personally-curated safaris to fit your schedule, budget and desires.

Africa's Top Safari Experts

For experienced travel guides, personalized attention to detail, luxury travel and accommodation, choose jewel of Africa Safaris.


The Real Africa

Jewel of Africa's local experts will take you to top safari destinations, and offer you experiences, way beyond anything you'll find in the average guidebook.


Expert Advice

The passionate team has a vast knowledge of Africa and can offer advice on many areas of interest from city sightseeing to seasonal game viewing.


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Luxury and safety are top priorities, from the vehicles Jewel of Africa uses to the guides it chooses and the accommodation it recommends.