What do you know about the area where all entertainment needs will granted tonight?The Kalahari desert? Today multitudes of young and old Batswana are taking their cars to go for the desert race held annually at the Kalahari desert, here are some interesting facts about the area of competition.
- The Kalahari Desert came into existence approximately sixty million years ago along with the formation of the African continent.
- The desert covers approximately 350,000 square miles (900,000 square kilometers) encompassing most of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa.
- The desert gets its name from the Tswana word Kgala (“the great thirst”), or Kgalagadi, Khalagari, or Kalagare, meaning “a waterless place”.
- The Kalahari Desert actually has huge areas that are good for grazing and support more animals than are found in a true desert.
- The Kalahari has several game reserves and other conservation areas. The reserves include the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (The second largest protected area in the world), Khutse Game Reserve, and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
- The Kalahari gets very hot; it can reach temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer. In winter the desert has a dry, cold climate where the temperature can reach 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit).
- The Okavango River is the only permanent river that flows through the desert. During the rainy season (October through April) temporary rivers such as the Nata and several tributaries which flow into the Limpopo River are formed.