Highlights at Camp Kalahari
- One of only three camps in a one-million-acre private wildlife reserve
- Camp Kalahari is perfect for families and couples alike
- Zebra and wildebeest migration (January to April)
- Quad biking, horseback riding, bushman walks and game drives
- Evenings around a fire
- Those stunning and spacious Meru-style tents
Camp Kalahari Information
- Lodge type; Safari Camp
- Location; Makgadikgadi Pans
- Lodge size; 11 safari tents
- Recommended stay; 3-7 nights
Camp Kalahari offers guests an affordable option and base from which to explore the surrounding Kalahari Desert and Makgadikgadi Pans. Located on an island called Hyaena Island on the edge of Botswana's Makgadikgadi region surrounded by a landscape that magical, mystical and surreal.
The perfect destination that is perfect for families, groups and couples alike.
Activities include quad biking, horse riding, walks with Bushmen, meerkat viewing, star gazing, game drives (day and night), birding and of course Africa's second largest zebra and wildebeest migration in the summer months.
"Come for a day, and you’ll be wowed by the landscape and the people; stay for a few days and you might never want to leave".
Rooms and Suites
Eleven large Meru-style canvas tents offer an understated and laidback stay all with open-air showers and en-suite bathrooms. Bed configurations are either twin, double or family all with decor that can be best described as "classic old-world safari style".
All tented suites are spaced far apart that privacy is not an issue at all.
Cuisine and Wine
Meals at Camp Kalahari are tasty, simple and delicious, more along the lines of a home-cooked affair.
Meals are served either indoors or outdoors depending on what the weather is up too on that particular day, either way, both locations are excellent.
There is a good selection of South African wines and locals beers on offer when dining or at the bar. Bottled water and cool drinks are also plentiful. Most drinks are included in the rates except of course imported wines, whiskeys, brandies and the like.
The central guest areas comprise of a library, lounge and dining area all under thatch and decorated with African furniture and colonial antiques. A swimming pool is located near the central guest area, the perfect spot to hide from the heat of the Kalahari sun.
Note; there is no WiFi or cell phone signal out here.
Morning and afternoon game drives around the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park in custom built 4x4s offer up the chance to view and witness some of the best Kalahari wildlife sightings out there. Night drives are particularly recommended after dinner with spotlights and hopefully the chance to view Brown Hyena, Aardwolf and those cute bat eared-foxes.
One of our personal favourite activities would have to be joining Bushmen on a walk through the surrounding desert, the knowledge these people possess on everything that surrounds is nothing short of astounding.
The habituated meerkats near the camp is a great opportunity to photograph and just simply sit and watch these amazing little creatures go about their day.
Other activities on offer (season depending);
- Summer with Africa's second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest
- Two-hour horseback safaris
- A 2x night expedition on quad bikes to Kubu Island
- Lie out on the Makgadikgadi Pans as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium of stars unfold
If you’re travelling with your brood, choose the interconnecting family tent; with a bathroom linking the space for children and adults, it’s ideal for families and groups. Camp Kalahari is most certainly child and family friendly, children of all ages are welcome.
Children should always be closely supervised as wildlife does on occasion pass through the camp.
Rates from US$ 590.00 pp
Per person per night sharing
Rates are in US Dollars (US$)
*Rates may vary according to season
- All meals
- Local drinks
- Activities (NB some activities at an extra surcharge)
- Premium brand beverages
- Tips & gratuities
- Travel insurance