Kalahari Plains Camp
Kalahari Plains Camp is situated in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and is set overlooking a large pan. The CKGR is the third largest protected area in the world and offers some of the most exciting wildlife viewing opportunities in Botswana, very complementary to a stay in the Okavango Delta.
Antelope of the area include oryx, springbok, wildebeest, red hartebeest and steenbok. Predators include black-maned lion, leopard, brown hyena, black-backed jackal, caracal and a high concentration of cheetah. The area is particularly good for observing smaller carnivores such as Cape fox, honey badger and many of the mongoose species. Over 250 bird species have been recorded to date.
Game drives concentrate around Deception Valley, Sunday Pan and Leopard Pan with full days out with a picnic lunch possible to reach more area. Walks with Bushman are an incredible way to learn life skills from this ancient culture. Bush walks to nearby pans are an opportunity to get more in-depth to the nature of the Kalahari.
Accommodation is in 10 spacious, walk-in tents, constructed on wooden platforms, each with a private deck to admire the surrounding Kalahari Plains Camp environment. They have a rustic style, each tent has zip-up doors, roll-up canvas windows, cozy twin or double beds, wooden shelving and hanging space, cotton robes, writing desk and fan.
A roll-up canvas flap leads to the en-suite bathroom. Flush toilet, twin basins with mirror, and a large walk-in shower are standard. A double-layered canvas roof covers the tent and deck. The extra layer protects well against the strong Kalahari sun. The insulated canvas walls and airflow between the tent and the roof keep the interior relatively cool. Solar energy provides power for the electricity and hot water in the camp.
The main area of Kalahari Plains Camp is a long, narrow open-sided tent on an elevated wooden platform. Side panels can be rolled down to protect those inside against the elements if required. There is a dining area and well-stocked fridge at one end, and a comfortable lounge area with a seating area of chairs and low tables with a small reference library at the other. To the centre is a wood-top bar and stools, a popular meeting place for guests and guides to discuss the day’s adventures and sightings. A couple of hammocks are strung up in nearby trees, and there is also a campfire, great for star-gazing with a night-cap.
Meals are taken in either indoor or outdoor dining areas. A buffet breakfast is served of cereals, fruit, yoghurt and tasty, freshly made muffins. Cooked options follow including eggs made to order, beans, sausage, bacon and tomato. A hearty brunch is available upon return from the morning activity, or for those on a full day game drive, a picnic of sandwiches, fruit and biscuits is taken with you.
Dinner is a group affair, eaten around a long table. A tasty onion soup accompanied by a freshly-baked bread roll is for starters, and a typical main course consists of a well-seasoned roast chicken, potato wedges, vegetables, and a simple salad. A mouth-watering dessert follows such as a custard slice. There is a good selection of beverages to compliment any meal.
- Private deck
- Walks with Bushmen
- Meerkat Experience