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Life in the Kalahari Desert

Discover the natural history of one of Africa’s largest desert regions and find out why the Kalahari is a must-see safari destination due to its unique landscapes, plant life, wildlife and indigenous cultures. Spanning some 360,000 square miles across Southern Africa, the Kalahari Desert stretches across large portions of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Although this vast terrain of arid savanna, sand dunes, rocky hills and dusty pans may seem to be an inhospitable environment, the Kalahari is one of the most incredible wildlife havens on the continent. Seasonal rains support surprisingly large populations of desert-adapted wildlife, with brief infusions of moisture filling pans and fossilized riverbeds with nutritious grasses that attract great herds of game, along with the predators that follow them. Expedition Leader Russell Gerber will lead this in-depth introduction to the desert ecology of the Kalahari, with insights gleaned from his Zoology degree and 17 years as a safari guide. You will also learn about the ancient San people, who have subsisted in these remote and stark environs for millennia.


Originally presented June 25, 2021
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