Because the Kalahari Desert is not technically a desert,
there are almost 500 species of vegetation that thrive during the rainy
Because the soil and sand of the Kalahari retains water
better than normal desert sand, the plant life is thriving in some
The northern part of the desert is characterized by more
dense vegetation while the southern part of the desert is more arid in
In order to survive, the plants here grow a deep root to be able to reach waters in depth
and to offer them stability in the harsh environment.
The bulk of the vegetation consists of grasses and shrubs. In regards to trees, the most
prevalent ones are acacia trees like the camelthorn tree. This tree grows almost exclusively in the Kalahari Desert
and it is a symbol of the desert. Some cactus species like the Hoodia cactus is also present.
Closer to the Okavango Delta there can be found baobabs as well. In fact, a group of baobabs
are known as Baines’ baobabs because of the 19th century explorer and cartographer, Thomas Baines.
Baobab Tree Botswana
Vegetation, Kalahari Desert, Nambia
Vegetation at Nambia, Kalahari Desert
Kalahari Desert, Mariental with Botswana Border
Arid Area - Kalahari Desert
Sunset at Kalahari
Nambia, Kalahari Desert
Kalahari Desert, South Africa
Kalahari Desert Vegetation
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