Kalahari Plains

Kalahari Desert, Botswana

Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, this Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world.

Kalahari Plains overlooks one of the Kalahari Desert’s immense pans, deep in the remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve one of the largest conservation areas in Africa. The remote nature of the reserve gives a feeling of endless space, with boundless horizons and infinite skies. The reserve is home to the iconic black maned lion of the Kalahari.

Each of the 8 spacious canvas rooms is designed to complement the desert climate with insulated walls and roof to moderate the desert’s extreme temperatures. A star deck on the roof allows guests to enjoy the Kalahari’s magnificent night skies. With no light pollution the skies at night are an incredible carpet of light and sleeping out under the skies of the Kalahari to the sounds of the Africa is one of the highlights of this camp.

The main guest area, like the rooms, is designed to provide comfort in the desert environment and comprise both a sitting and dining area. The salt water swimming pool and deck also provide respite from the summer heat. All structures within the camp are built to minimise mans impact on the environment and all electricity and hot water is provided by the camps impressive array of solar panels.

Activities at Kalahari Plains consider both the natural environment and the unique culture of the local San Bushmen. Wildlife activities take the movement of game into account and are either twice daily or full day excursions. These are conducted from open 4 x 4 vehicles. It should be noted that because Kalahari Plains is in a Game Reserve off-road and night driving is prohibited.

Staff hailing from local San Bushman clans lead interpretive guided walks exploring the Bushmen’s culture and traditional way of life. These fascinating walks consider how local people have adapted to this seemingly harsh environment.

With clear night skies unspoilt by light pollution, Kalahari Plains is the perfect camp to view the cosmos. Guides are able to take give a both astronomical information and discuss local interpretations of the night sky.

In Outline

Location

Access

Kalahari Plains is accessed via light aircraft from Maun International Airport and other camps and lodges in northern Botswana.

The camp is accessible by vehicle via road, however must be prebooked.

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Rates
From USD 495

Climate

The Kalahari region experiences summer rainfall (November to April).

SUMMER

Summers in the Kalahari are hot with temperatures averaging 35o Celsius.

WINTER

Winters are very cold at night and in the morning with midday temperatures reaching mid 20o Celsius.

Facilities

  • Fascinating cultural experiences allow for an authentic insight into the ancient Bushman clans of the area
  • Diverse game includes carnivores, wildebeest, red hartebeest and springbok as well honey badger and mongoose
  • Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Kalahari
  • See the Kalahari’s famous black maned lions
  • ideal spot from which to view the incredible formations of the stars and planets

Travel Notes

Game Sightings

Kalahari Plains is know for its diverse game including carnivores, wildebeest, red hartebeest and springbok as well honey badger and mongoose. Game viewing is particularly good in summer when the rains create verdant flatlands alive gemsbok (oryx), springbok and blue wildebeest. 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).

Best Time to Travel

The Kalahari Desert is best during the summer months.

Bird Sightings

The Kalahari Desert is home to over 220 species of birds with significant and healthy populations of regionally threatened species such as Kori bustard and lappetfaced vulture. A variety of arid-west endemic species like Burchell’s sandgrouse, greybacked sparrowlark, Kalahari scrub-robin and African wren-warbler are also seen. The vivid colours of crimsonbreasted shrike and violet-eared waxbill provide a startling contrast to the sometimes stark surroundings.

Guest Safety

Kalahari Plains is situated in a wildlife area and is not fenced. Guests are requested to take care at all times and adhere to guidance given by guides and camp management.