Travel

Unforgettable Kalahari

Print edition : January 03, 2020

A mother cheetah with cubs amidst a sea of golden yellow grasses in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A memorable sighting: a young Kalahari lion resting in the shade of an acacia bush. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A brown hyena drinking from one of the two artificial waterholes in the reserve. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A bat-eared fox. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A giraffe in the reserve. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Gemsboks and springboks at a waterhole. Photo: credit?

The mother cheetah. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A greater kudu bull approaching the waterhole. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Gemsbok bulls sparring. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The northern Matswere gate at the reserve. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The pair of veterinary fences on the way to the reserve, whose purpose is to prevent the spread of the foot-and-mouth disease in cattle from wild ungulates. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Springboks in the shade of acacia trees. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The setting sun painting the sky rosy-red behind the acacia trees. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

An Acacia tortilis tree, one of the common acacias of the Kalahari, in full bloom. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A pair of cape ground squirrels on the alert. By feeding on roots, bulbs and grasses, these animals can live without drinking water. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Cape glossy starling. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Male kori bustard. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Ostrich. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Northern black korhaan. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Crimson-breasted shrike. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Red-billed spurfowl. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Gottyma, the cook in the team. She cooked with only three vessels and on a fire grate. She even baked bread and cake in the camp. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Climate change is possibly taking a toll on the Kalahari, but it continues to be a big draw for its range of wildlife and the sheer experience of camping under a clear night sky and indulging in stargazing.
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