Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Camp Kalahari offers an affordable Makgadikgadi Pans experience. Activities from the camp include walking with the Bushman trackers and exploring the harsh but beautiful scenery of the pans.
Camp Kalahari is nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Plans adjacent to the national park. The camp offers an excellent Makgadikgadi experience for those who want a bit of adventure without sacrificing comfort and style. The ten simple but spacious meru tents have en suite bathrooms, comfy beds, crisp cotton sheets and hot water bottles in the winter. One of these is a family tent with two bedrooms and a large shared bathroom. There is no electricity which means the camp retains a rustic edge and allows you to enjoy an authentic experience of the pans.
The style of the camp is refreshingly simple with the emphasis on cosy comfort and traditional style. Guests can relax in a traditionally built thatch library, living and dining area. There is also a separate lounge strewn with cushions where you can unwind after your activities.
Activities from Camp Kalahari vary enormously and are organised both by guides and researchers. There's the chance to view the shy brown hyena and curious meerkats, watch the earth's shadow grow as the sun sets over the Kalahari and lie on a salt pan (in the dry season) watching the stars. In addition to these there is Bushmen interaction and much more besides, but to unveil the magical secrets of Camp Kalahari you must visit yourself!
Camp Kalahari is owned by Uncharted Africa who run Jack's and San Camp. This latest addition to their portfolio is more simple in style but offers the same excellent service, food and activities.
Each year, up to 25,000 zebra migrate through Botswana's Makgadikgadi and Nxai Pan national parks in what is one of the animal kingdom's most spectacular sights.
The Makgadikgadi Pans is a huge expanse of shimmering white salt pans; the relic of a once mightly ’super-lake’. Nowadays, the wildlife living here has to be both hardy and highly nomadic to survive.
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