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Kalahari: Martial Eagle surveys his domain Kalahari: Vultures in the trees Kalahari: Giraffe family avoiding us Kalahari: Giraffe moving away
Kalahari: Springbok herd Kalahari: Sunset in the desert Kalahari: Bushman family at the waterhole Kalahari: Bushman guide with tubers
Kalahari: Desert Palm Grove Kalahari: Breakfast stop in the desert Kalahari: Campsite in the Khutse Game Reserve Kalahari: Acacia tree in the Kalahari sunset

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savannah in Southern Africa extending 900,000 km² (350,000 mi²), covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa.

It is a semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains. The Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert.

The name is derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst", or Khalagari, Kgalagadi or Kalagare, meaning "a waterless place".

The Kalahari has a number of game reserves — the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (the world's second largest protected area), the Khutse Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Animals that live in the region include brown hyenas, lions, meerkats, giraffes, warthogs, jackals, several species of antelope (including the eland, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, steenbok, kudu, and duiker), and many species of birds and reptiles.

Vegetation in the Kalahari consists mainly of grasses and acacias, but there are over 400 identified plant species present (including the wild watermelon, or Tsamma melon).

The photographs in this photo gallery were take in the Khutse Game Reserve.