Johannesburg to Kalahari Gateway
Today we leave Johannesburg, the City of Gold, to make our way northward to Botswana where we travel on the Trans-Kalahari highway and spend our first evening in a small village of Kang, the gateway to the Kalahari.
A landlocked country located in Southern Africa, the Republic of Botswana is approximately the size of France. It’s population consists of around 1.9 million people, most of whom reside on the more abundant eastern side of the country. The official language and dominant culture is Setswana and the people are known as the Batawana. There are also various San communities that have made the desert area their home. Botswana has a tradition of democracy in the form of the kgotla system, which is rooted in Setswana culture and is based on a democratic system in which every person has the right to freedom of speech. Previously a British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana got it’s current name following it’s independence from the Commonwealth in 1966.
It is surrounded by South Africa in the south and southeast regions, by Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It joins Zambia at one singular area. Botswana is renowned for it’s stable politics, hospitable residents, and it’s wealth of diamonds. The country is, in fact, the biggest diamond exporter in the world. Botswana is mostly flat, and in addition to the delta and desert regions, there are also enormous grasslands and savannahs. Blue Wildebeest, various antelope and a range of other wildlife live in the lush vegetation of this country. Majority of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert and as a result water is a scarce resource. The local currency is Pula, meaning ‘rain’ in Setswana which shows just how cherished water is. Drops of rain were believed to be the closest currency to actual money. Seventeen percent of the country has been reserved for game parks which is more than the international suggestion of just ten percent. Northern Botswana houses one of the few remaining concentrations of the threatened African Wild Dog. Botswana also contains the biggest concentration of elephant in all of Africa.
Accommodation: Camp: Kang Ultra Stop
Accommodation: Shared ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Kang ±680 km
Border Post: Botswana Pioneer Gate Tel: +267 533 3992, Open: 06h00 – 24h00, South Africa Skilpadshek Tel: +27 0800 00 7277, Open: 06h00 – 24h00