In summer, the temperature in the Kalahari basin climbs up to 40 degrees Celsius and higher. The annual rainfall is rarely more than 100 mm, and some years it even stays below 50 mm. Precipitation can only be expected between December and April, when tropical thunderstorm activity extends down to the Kalahari basin. Then it rains huge amounts in a short time, and the desert transforms into a green oasis with colourful wild flowers all over.
In winter (June to August), the climate is pleasant. Then the air is dry, and temperatures lie around 25 degrees Celsius. But the nights are harshly cold. Winter is also the best time for animal viewing.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier park ( the epicentre of the Kalahari Desert ) is so vast due to an amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa (proclaimed in 1931)and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.
Kgalagadi Lodge is your ideal base from where, each morning you embark on an adventure into so much space it takes your breath away.