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Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Kalahari Plains Camp
- Some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa
- Star attractions include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion
- Combine with the Okavango for a comprehensive Botswana experience
Facilities includeSwimming pool Electronic safe Bar Lounge
- Game Drives
- Bushman Walk
- Night Drives
- Community Visit
- Day Trips and Excursion
Seasons in Botswana
About Kalahari Plains Camp
Kalahari Plains Camp is set in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. Its star attractions include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world's best cheetah viewing.
Kalahari Plains Camp, overlooking an immense grassy and fertile pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies, is raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in sweeping views across the Kalahari by day and star-filled skies by night. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside comfortable. The lounge and dining area, also raised, are perfect for watching wildlife in front of camp.
This camp consists of ten luxury canvas tented rooms. It can accommodate up to 20 guests and 4 children. The canvas tented rooms are raised off the ground with walkways on sand. Being located in the desert, the canvas and roofs have been specially insulated to keep out most of the heat during the day and the cold during the night. During the winter extra blankets and hot water bottles are provided. There is a roof top veranda for sleep outs (weather permitting) for you to enjoy the night skies.
This part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers year round viewing of key desert-adapted wildlife. Summer is spectacular with huge concentrations of plains game followed by predators such as lion and cheetah. General herbivore species easily seen are gemsbok (oryx), springbok, red harte-beest, grey duiker and steenbok. Less common carnivores from brown hyena and even caracal are occasionally seen, while a host of smaller predators include meerkats (suricates), Cape fox, honey badger, black-backed jackal and many mongoose species.
Over 220 bird species can be seen in the area, with regionally threatened species like Kori Bustard and Lappetfaced vulture and arid-west endemic species such as Burchell’s Sand-grouse, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and African Wren-Warbler.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
There is an airstrip 25 minutes game drive from camp.
A charge is levied by Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks for any private plane landing and staying in the National Parks and Game Reserves.
Flight time from Maun is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
High Season: 11th January - 31st May and 1st November - 10th January
Low Season: 1st June - 31st October
Guests are requested to keep water usage to a minimum in this desert environment.
100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water). A generator is used for emergencies.
Charging facilities for batteries are provided in the main area along with international adaptor plugs for this purpose.
Laundry is provided on a daily basis (weather permitting) and included on the Fully Inclusive (FI) rate basis. A mesh laundry bag is supplied for ‘smalls’ so that guests may place their underwear in this bag which will be machine washed and returned in the mesh bag. Some camps have citro washing powder (environmentally friendly detergent) available in the rooms, while others can provide this on request.
Botswana banks only accept US Dollars, GBP Sterling, Euro and South African Rand in cash. Any cash payments made to camps for curios, or gratuities to guides or staff, need to be in one of these currencies. Travellers Cheques in any of the above currencies are also acceptable. MasterCard and Visa are usually accepted throughout Botswana, including at this camp. Diners Club is not accepted by the banks in Botswana and therefore not here.
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – US$10.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – US$5.00 per person per day
Travelling with children
Children aged 6 and older older are welcome.
Children between 6-16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
A minimum age of 13 years is required for walking activities (subject to season and availability of a qualified walking guide) and sleep-outs.
For families travelling with children between 6 - 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
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