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Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp is situated 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, at 5 million hectares, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world.

Sweeping views include a vast pan and striking landscape which reaches across extensive plains to far-flung horizons. 8 canvas units, (including 1 family unit) are raised off the ground and feature verandahs and a roof-top sleep-out deck for incomparable nights under the stars.

Central spaces include a comfortable lounge and dining area where delicious meals are served. From the viewing decks, absorb the sense of open space, and wonder at the untamed beauty of the skies. Cool off in the pool, or relax around the campfire after dark.

On exciting morning and afternoon game drives, search for the unique desert-adapted wildlife inhabitants, such as the black-maned Kalahari lion. Night drives and off-roading are not permitted in the CKGR.

 

 

 

Style

Canvas tents

Rooms

8

Open Season

Open all year round

Safari Experience

On exciting morning and afternoon game drives, search for the unique desert-adapted wildlife inhabitants, such as the black-maned Kalahari lion. Night drives and off-roading are not permitted in the CKGR.

As a result of this diversity of habitats, healthy game populations move seasonally between dune and valley, depending on the season.

It is also known to hold significant populations of large predators such as lion and brown hyena.

During the summer months, after much-needed rains, the area where Kalahari Plains is situated is characterised by lush green landscapes, floral displays and pans that fill with water. At this time of year these verdant flatlands are alive with big groups of gemsbok, springbok and blue wildebeest.

As a result of these numbers, predator concentrations are also high and sightings of the almost mythical black-maned Kalahari lion can be complemented by some good cheetah viewing. Black-backed jackal and bat-eared fox also occur, with wild dog and leopard seen on occasion.

Other mammal possibilities include steenbok, red hartebeest, giraffe and the charismatic ground squirrels and meerkats (suricates).

In the winter months, the Kalahari is more typically a desert-type system: warm and dry.

Game viewing remains productive and moves into the vegetated dunal belt and pan systems surrounding the valleys; a series of waterholes further enhance wildlife viewing.

Wildlife & Birdlife

After sunset the Kalahari is alive with the sounds of roaring lion, White-faced Scops-Owls and the garrulous calls of barking geckos.

The avifauna in the reserve is equally diverse with over 220 species recorded to date.

There are significant healthy populations of regionally threatened species such as Kori Bustard and Lappet-faced Vulture, as well as a variety of arid-west endemic species like Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and African Wren-Warbler.

The vivid colours of Crimson-breasted Shrike and Violet-eared Waxbill provide a startling contrast to the sometimes stark surroundings.

Added Extras

Bushman Walk, led by camp staff members who are descendants of the San. The experience enables an understanding of how the San Bushmen lived and survived in the harsh Kalahari desert as well as gaining an insight into the ancient San culture and their humble and gentle approach amongst the family units and with the environment.

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