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Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Spanning an area bigger than Denmark or Switzerland, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a 20,773-square-mile game sanctuary that ranks second in the world in size. Giraffes, cheetahs, leopards, lions, warthogs, elands and springboks are just some of the wildlife that can be found roaming this vast, sandy land.

The area for the sanctuary was set aside in 1961 for the San people, also called Bushmen, to allow them to continue their traditional lifestyle of hunting and gathering. While most San have since moved from the reserve, some Botswana safaris offer opportunities to walk with a local San who will demonstrate bush skills.