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Wild Kalahari

The Kalahari 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,
with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains.
Kalahari is derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst".
In the southwest (South Africa) an average rainfall is 150mm and in the northeast 350mm (Botswana).
The unreliable and irregular rains fall mostly during dramatic thunderstorms between November and April.
Temperatures vary greatly from -11C on cold winter nights to 42C in the shade on summer days when the ground surface temperature reaches a sizzling 70C.

Despite its aridity, the Kalahari supports a variety of fauna and flora.
Vegetation consists mainly of grasses and acacias, but there are over 400 identified plant species present (even a watermelon).
Animals that live in the region include spotted and brown hyaena, lion, cheetah, leopard, suricate, giraffe, jackal, several species of antelope
(including the eland, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, steenbok), and many species of birds and reptiles.

For maximum sharpness please view at *ORIGINAL* size (size settings below images).


Thank you for all wonderful people I met in Kgalagadi!

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