Are South-West Africas deserts as easy to explore?
The Kalahari, which forms most of Botswana and extends into Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, only just qualifies as a desert. It’s more accurately described as a “thirstland” because of the lack of surface water everywhere except the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, and home to vast numbers of game and birds. The Namib in Namibia is best known for the vast dunes at Sossusvlei. Exodus (020-8673 0859, www.exodus.co.uk) runs a 20-day “desert, wilderness and wetlands” overland expedition using four-wheel drives, taking in the Kalahari and Namib deserts, for £1,520 including flights, camping and all meals. Dragoman’s (01728 861133, www.dragoman.co.uk) four-week “Bushlands, Kalahari and Namibia” tour offers horse-riding in the Namib desert, and a trip through the Kalahari, as well as white-water rafting on the Zambezi (if all that sand gets too much), for £945-£1,050 per person, plus a £320- £340 kitty. But I don’t want my holiday to be a cultural desert! There’s bee