The largest protected areas within the Kalahari are the adjacent Central Kalahari and Khutse game reserves in Botswana, and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which joined South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park to create the continent’s first Peace Park in 2000. Kgalagadi, which means “place of thirst,” covers 15,000 square miles in and around the Kalahari.

While the Kalahari is sparse in wildlife compared to the lush regions of Africa, a herd of antelope making it’s way across the vast desert or Kalahari lion slinking down the dunes is certainly a sight to behold on any African safari.