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Kalahari Bush Breaks allows you to choose a wide range of adventures. We are convinced that you will fall in love with the deafening tranquillity and that your impressions will be unforgettable!
Time is not an issue; there are no set schedules, and certainly no pressure to participate in drives or walks. The Kalahari Bush Breaks team offers such a broad spectrum of options that guests are at liberty to choose as and when they want, those facilities which suit their personal preferences.
- A 20km Self drive 4x4 Route
- 3 walking trails, some leading to the ancient bushman engravings (For lodge guests only)
- observing game from a hide overlooking a waterhole (For lodge guests only)
- Horse riding (on request for experienced riders and must be booked in advance)
The Kalahari offers visitors the opportunity to see one of the last essentially intact eco systems in Africa - as well as visiting a land where Bushmen once roamed. Add to that the open nature of the terrain, and you have fine wildlife viewing against a backdrop of high scenic drama.
There are no lakes here, no flowing rivers. Temperatures are extreme: there are summer highs of over 40░C, and winter lows reach a bone-chilling - 10░C. But this frequently arid and often barren-looking terrain, which has a great beauty of its own, is home to thousands of plants and animals which survive and reproduce century after century. Fascinating survival techniques abound in the hostile wilderness.
We don't have the Big Five, but we are extremely excited about our "Small 500"
Usually, however, the Kalahari is cloudless. Humidity is low, and this combined with high daytime temperatures creates high rates of evaporation. Plants are either perennials, which live for many years, or annuals, which germinate, grow, flower, seed and die in one year.
Perennials are the backbone of the system, providing many animals with a stable supply of nutritious, high-quality food in both the wet and dry season. The annuals can be regarded as an unreliable luxury, exploding into abundance when conditions are favourable, but remaining unseen during droughts.
The Kalahari has amazing strategies for survival and plants exhibit ingenious adaptations to accomplish this. For instance, some seeds take advantage of strong winds by having wind dispersal aids such as "wings". Others like the Devils Claw, (Harpagophytum Procumbens) have fruits armed with long hooks which become entangled in animal hair.
Two major additional problems confront animals that live in hot, arid regions like the Kalahari. Firstly, the animals must be able to breathe and excrete waste products from their bodies without losing too much water. Secondly, they must be able to keep their body temperature below lethal limits and yet, as far as possible, avoid cooling themselves by water-expending panting or sweating.
Of the 264 species recorded in the Kalahari, only 78 are residents (always present). Sixteen species are regular seasonal migrants. Another 18 are classified as nomads, meaning that they visit the Kalahari regularly but not during any predictable season. And the great majority of species recorded(152) are vagrants - irregular visitors which may be common in some years, depending on conditions.
The resident bird species are mainly Raptors, like the Chanting and Gabar Goshawks, Martial and Tawny Eagles, or insectivores, such as the Marico and Chat Flycatcher. The striking Crimsonbreasted Shrike, the Forktailed Drongo and the familiar Anteating Chats. A few mixed feeders (insects and fruits) such as the Red eyed Bulbul, Pied Barbet, and Cape and Burchell's Glossy Starlings are also common residents. These species do not reach the numbers of the nomads because they live off the lower density, although more predictable food supply than seeds.