Some random interesting facts about the Kalahari Desert are provided below:
The Kalahari desert is the
place where the British television series “Meerkat Manor” was
The Taa language, spoken by less
than 5,000 people in the Kalahari desert is the language with the most vowels
The name of the desert,
Kalahari, means “large thirst” in Tswana language.
The temperatures in the desert are
extreme, summer being very hot, while in winter temperature can go even below 0
The only permanent river that flows through the desert is the Okavango
The Kalahari desert is home to many big cats including lions, cheetahs
The Kalahari is the southernmost desert in Africa.
It is the 6th biggest desert by area on Earth and the second biggest
in Africa after the Sahara.
There is a population of Bushmen in the desert. They are mostly
Unlike other deserts, the dunes in the Kalahari are not wandering.
Thousands of years ago, the Kalahari Desert was thriving with life and
there were many lakes there. Today, in the place of these lakes, large salt pans remain, as is the case of
Makgadikgadi Pan, the remains of the once huge Lake Makgadikgadi. Another big pan is the Nxan pan.
The popular game, Mario Kart features a track named Kalimari Desert. This
track was inspired by the Kalahari Desert.
Once a massive irrigation scheme was proposed to make parts of the
Kalahari Desert suitable for agriculture, but nothing resulted.
In 1885, the explorer Guillermo Farini published a book about some rock
formations that he assumed were ruins of a city. Subsequently other explorers wanted to visit Farini’s ruins, thus
a quest to find the Lost City of the Kalahari started. Nothing was found and it is believed that Farini saw some
natural rock formations in South Africa.