Camp Kalahari (Adjoining the
Makgadikgadi Pans) Botswana
SIMPLE STYLE IN THE KALAHARI
The laidback little sister of Jack’s and San Camp, Camp
Kalahari is our understated and affordable base in the heart
of the great Kalahari. Set amongst the waving palms and
acacia trees of Brown Hyaena Island, the 11 funky Meru tents
are perfect for families, groups and couples, and are an
ideal base for discovering the charms of the desert and the
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a landscape that’s as surreal as it
is sublime, and as mysterious as it is magical.
And if you’re looking for adventure, then look no
further! We’ve got quad bike adventures, across the
otherworldly salt pans, walks with the Zu’/hoasi bushmen to
discover the amazing creatures that somehow manage to
survive (and thrive) in this harsh environment, and our very
own ‘’Kalahari cool cats,’’ the habituated meerkat family
who like nothing more than to use unsuspecting guests as
lookout points. 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…
WHY BOOK THIS CAMP?
Camp Kalahari is one of only three camps in a one
million-acre private wildlife reserve, with just eleven,
Meru-style tents set amongst the palms.
veritable blockbuster of activities to get stuck into,
including quad biking, horseback riding, bushman walks and
traditional game drives.
CK is great camp for families.
It’s unique, fresh, and affordable, children from all ages
are welcome, there’s a dedicated family suite and a fence
around the camp too.
Watch 50,000 zebra and wildebeest
migrate through the area from January to April.
lazy siestas in the swimming pool pavilion and, in the dry
season, watch the ellies come to drink at the water – a
memory you won’t forget in a hurry!
Camp Kalahari sits amongst the acacias and mokolwane
palms of Brown Hyaena Island, on the edge of Botswana’s
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai
Pans National Park. So, what on earth does that mean, we
hear you cry? It means that you’re surrounded by dry
savannah and the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. The salt-baked,
sun-scorched pans are clear of vegetation, quite simply
because it can’t grow, but around them are glittering
grasslands and profusions of enormous baobabs. It doesn’t
get much more dramatic than that.
Laidback and understated, nothing is overly elaborate at
Camp Kalahari. Instead, you’ll find 11, Meru-style canvas
tents filled with fresh textiles, Moroccan kilims and funky
four-posters. Shower alfresco in the open-air, ensuite
bathrooms (there’s definitely no one around to disturb your
privacy here!), and there’s plenty of hot and cold water
available throughout the day. 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.
The common areas include a central library and a living
and dining area, festooned with an eclectic mix of original
African furniture and colonial antiques. Meals are
refreshingly simple and wonderfully tasty, and served,
family-style, at the long table. There’s also a thatched
swimming pool, providing the perfect place for a refreshing
dip on a hot afternoon – just watch out for the eles who
might pop in for a quick drink too.
We’ve kept our use of electricity to a minimum too; there
are electrical lights in the bedrooms, but when night falls,
the majority of camp is lit by twinkling paraffin lanterns
(but camera batteries and other appliances can be charged in
the safari vehicles when required).
Brown Hyaena Island, the palm dotted island that Camp
Kalahari calls home, took its name from (can you guess?),
the brown hyaena. Bashful yet brilliant at foraging and
scavenging, this is the third rarest large carnivore in
Africa, and an animal that’s virtually impossible to see
elsewhere on the continent. But that’s just the beginning of
what you might see in the Makgadikgadi: look out for
bat-eared foxes, aardvark and aardwolves scampering across
the salt, elephant plodding through on their nomadic journey
(our swimming pool is a welcome refreshment stop!), and
dazzling numbers of zebra and wildebeest.
And where there’s a zebra, a predator will never be far
away, so keep an eye out for cheetah and lion, close on the
hooves of the herds. Not to be forgotten are our cheeky,
habituated meerkats, a constant source of amusement and a
regular feature of a safari at Camp Kalahari.
The guides at Camp Kalahari team up with a small group of
Zu/'hoasi Bushmen to guide guests on morning walks and game
drives. Venturing far into the centre of the Makgadikgadi,
on quad bikes, guests are able to explore remote
archaeological sites, periodically discovering never before
documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. The
fact that one can travel across the pans at great speed and
still arrive nowhere only underlines their immensity.
A safari at Camp Kalahari is also a complete desert
experience focusing on species unique to the area such as
aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck. It is the only place
where guests are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and
elusive brown hyaena and be able to walk through the
Kalahari with a gang of habituated but wild meerkats.
The camp has teamed up with David Foot to create a
fantastic five-night horse-riding safari, combining Camp
Kalahari with two nights fly camping out on the Makgadikgadi
Salt Pans. Now visitors can explore this wild, unspoilt area
in the same way many of the earliest explorers, hunters and
missionaries did – on horseback.
Rates:- Please contact us for
a quote and suggested itinerary