The Central Kalahari Game Reserve covers 52 800 square kilometres making it one of the largest parks in the world. Parts of the park are off limits to tourists but various areas are open. These include Deception Valley which has large herds of springbok as well as lion. The areas is at its best during the green season when there is a large migration of game to the pans and the flowers are abundant. Despite the high temperature a surprising number of animals survive here. Apex predators include lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena.
Small mammals include black-backed jackals, surricates, hares and pangolins. Gemsbok, eland and springbok are among the antelope species. The Kalahari also has a large resident population of ostrich, Kori bustard, sandgrouse, larks and pipits.