The Kalahari Desert or Kgalagadi as it is called by the Bakgalagadi of Botswana is the largest continuous area of wind-blown sand in the world. The Kalahari sand stretches from north of the Orange River, covering much of Botswana, parts of Namibia and South Africa.
The Kalahari is one of Africa's last wildlife paradises - a vast, unspoiled wilderness where one can find complete isolation. Because the land is unsuitable for agriculture it remains virtually untouched, as it has for 60 million years. The Kalahari is a place of mystery with legends that go back to the time of the San who lived in the area undisturbed and free.
On the South African side of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are three rest camps and three wilderness camps connected by well maintained game viewing roads along the dry beds of the Auob and Nossob rivers. Along these routes are well located picnic spots. The picnic areas all have restrooms, picnic tables and some have barbeque facilities. The areas are not fenced so visitors should keep an eye open for unexpected guests. It is a truly unique experience to sit on a picnic bench under a Camel Thorn tree and watch the wildlife close by or be intimidated by the complete silence knowing that you are in one of the most remote spots on earth.
Birdlife around some of these picnic sights can be quite prolific and mammals such as mongoose, squirrel, jackal and hyena may be skulking around.
Please remember NOT to feed any of the wildlife!