South Africa and Botswana are home to some of the world's most remote lodges. With rustic accommodation and unique desert activities, these lodges offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences perfect for a secluded honeymoon safari or an off-the-beaten-track family trip.
Thanks to the remote locations of these lodges you are able to track desert-adapted wildlife on foot.The black rhinos in Tswalu Kalahari have adapted over generations to survive the harsh climate here. They are able to live in extreme temperatures (from sub-zero to 40C), their stomachs have evolved to digest what would normally be toxic substances and they are often active at night (unlike other African rhinos).
Botswana's hyenas in the Makgadikgadi Pans have large home ranges enabling them to seek out water from a range of sources, and the zebra are able to extract useful nutrition from low-quality grass thanks to their adapted digestive system.
Perhaps one of the most sought-after wildlife sightings in the desert is the majestic Kalahari black-maned lion. Due to the arduous conditions of the Kalahari and the lack of prey, only the strongest survive which results in bigger lions than on the traditional African plains. This sub-species of lion have adapted to have more stamina and endurance and are able to survive up to two weeks without water. It is still unknown as to exactly why their manes are black, as it would seem to make more sense to have lighter manes in such a warm climate, however, it does make them look extremely impressive so is perhaps it is more a symbol of stature.