Greater Karoo & Kalahari Drylands (AT9) | One Earth

Greater Karoo & Kalahari Drylands bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 121,046
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 4
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 47%
    Protection Target
  • 3
    Protection Level

The Greater Karoo & Kalahari bioregion, located in the Afrotropical realm, encompasses the large expanse of dry savannas and woodlands between the Highveld in South Africa and the coastal deserts of Namibia. It contains four ecoregions – Kalahari Acacia Woodlands [1], Kalahari Xeric Savanna [2], Gariep Karoo [3], Nama Karoo Shrublands [4] – totaling approximately 121 million hectares of land area. Despite its dry climate, the bioregion is home to an extraordinary range of mammals including meerkat, the brown hyena, bat-eared and cape foxes, and all three of Africa’s big cats – cheetah, leopard and the famous black-maned Kalahari lions.

The Greater Karoo & Kalahari Drylands bioregion is part of the Southern Afrotropics subrealm and is made up of four ecoregions: Kalahari Acacia Woodlands [1], Kalahari Xeric Savanna [2], Gariep Karoo [3], Nama Karoo Shrublands [4].

One Earth is dedicated to mobilizing philanthropic capital to protect the ecosystems and peoples of the Afrotropics. Visit the Project Marketplace​ ​to explore projects in this realm that need your support. Learn more about each of the ​Greater Karoo & Kalahari Drylands ecoregions below.

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