Vast South Africa has two distinct desert ecosystems - the Kalahari Desert in the north which stretches all the way up to Botswana in the north and Namibia in the West, and the Great Karoo which sprawls across central South Africa.
Within the greater Kalahari Desert, there are two areas which we consider to offer the best Desert Safari experiences - Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Tswalu, in particular, is a phenomenal reserve which has championed conservation and is arguably the best place in the Africa to see some of the the continents lesser known animals such as aardvark, pangolin and aardwolf.
Further south in South Africa, The Great Karoo stretches from the Cape Mountains all the way up to the Highveld and Drakensburgs, close to the border with Lesotho. This arid area is generally considered a semi-desert ecosystem that supports a vast range of wildlife, and is a fantastic destination for hiking too.