A seemingly boundless sea of red sand dunes, with a scattering of yellow desert grass and majestic Camelthorn trees, and patrolled by its guardians; the three big cats - Lion, Leopard and Cheetah - is what goes to make this place so spellbinding to its visitors. It is at nightfall that the desert reveals her most coveted secrets, when under a glistening star lit sky, the awe-inspiring roars of the black-maned Kalahari lion interrupt the silence of the wilderness.

I have visited the Kalahari Desert, or to be precise the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, between South Africa and Botswana, on two occasions now. My first visit took place during the peak of the dry season in August and September whilst the second one was in the rainy months of January/February, equivalent to the hot summer of the southern hemisphere.

Both trips now can be viewed on this link.

The photo story of these travels has recently been published in the German magazine Terra. A complete PDF of this article can be found pdfhere.

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