15. Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert is a large semi-arid sandy savannah which extends 900,000 square kilometres, covering much of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. A semi-desert, with huge tracts of excellent grazing after good rains, the Kalahari supports more animals and plants than a true desert.

The Namibian area of the Kalahari Desert is covered with trees, ephemeral rivers and fossil watercourses, and the regular rainfall patterns that occur every year allow for huge numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, plant life and insects to thrive. Leopard, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Spingbok and Gemsbok are some of the animals found within the Kalahari.