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World's Largest Protected Areas
#12 Central Kalahari Game Reserve: Botswana

Size: 52,800 square kilometers
Date Established: 1961
To the east of Namib Naukluft Park in southwestern Botswana is the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This area has a diverse range of habitats including clay pans and fossil river valleys, vegetated sand dunes and woodlands. The many ecosystems help explain why the reserve is home to one of the most unique arrays of biodiversity in Africa. Visitors have the chance to spot brown hyena, wildebeest, black maned lions, giraffes and many different birds of prey.