Kalahari Plains Camp
Place: Situated on an immense pan, Kalahari Plains lies in a remote corner of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) – at 52 000 square kilometres (20 077 square miles), larger than Belgium. A place famed for vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions. and feisty honey badgers. Located in the Kalahari Desert in central Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country, and one of the largest in the world. It offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa. Game drives unlock wildlife treasures, while respectful San cultural experiences provide insights into their unique customs and traditions.
Wildlife: Healthy wildlife populations are present in the area all year round, however, with the advent of the summer rains, the desert comes to life. A plethora of plains game such as springbok, and gemsbok converge in their hundreds to graze, followed by lions, one of the highest concentrations of cheetahs in Southern Africa, and leopards. In winter, the Kalahari is a typical desert. General game is still easily seen, from the carnivores to wildebeest, red hartebeest, and steenbok; as well as smaller predators such as black-backed jackals, Cape foxes, honey badgers, and myriad mongoose species. Some 220 bird species have been recorded.
Accommodation: Eight en-suite canvas tents (including one family unit) each include a sleep-out rooftop platform from which to enjoy the endless horizons, and beautiful night skies. The camp, including its main area with pool and deck, takes in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in camp, with innovative insulated canvas walls and roofs keeping the temperatures inside comfortable. Healthy wildlife populations are present year round, many seen from vantage points in camp.
Purpose: Kalahari Plains is involved in a number of conservation initiatives that include African wild dogs research, and working closely with local communities.
Unique Selling Points
- Outstanding access to the vast and almost inaccessible Central Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as its famed Deception Valley, where arid-adapted wildlife and specials such as black-maned lions, cheetahs, honey badgers, oryx and springbok can be seen
- Particularly productive in the summer season, while the quintessential semi-arid Kalahari scenes in the dry winter season allow wildlife to be spotted with more ease through thinning grasses and at the waterholes, where animals are compelled to drink
- Experience traditional San culture and customs in a respectful and authentic manner