Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari, Botswana
Refreshingly simple with a traditional style, Camp Kalahari allows you to enjoy an authentic safari camp experience in the wide expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pan. Ideal for those who favor adventure of luxury, the camp offers comfortable tented accommodation, with the lack of electricity adding to the rustic atmosphere.
The thatched, open-plan communal area features a cozy library, living and dining area adorned with African furniture and textiles as well as colonial antiques. There’s also a separate lounge strewn with cushions, providing a relaxing space to return to after an activity-filled day. Alternatively, cool off in the swimming pool or unwind in the shade of the thatched poolside pavilion.
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Offering similar activities to its sister camps, Camp Kalahari is a fairly simple option, but its location is excellent and we think the activities offered here are great fun.
The spacious guest tents each have an en suite bathroom with hot and cold water and flush toilets. They offer four-poster double beds or twin beds, colorful Moroccan kilim rugs, dressing tables, wooden trunks for storage and hot water bottles for cooler nights. The family unit includes two adjacent tents and a connecting bathroom. Large windows along each of the walls allows for plenty of natural light.
Situated just outside Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the camp is set among acacias and Mokolwane palm trees and offers easy access to the vast salt pan — the remnant of a huge ancient lake. Along with dramatic scenery, the area is home to a variety of wildlife, including rare brown hyena. Those visiting during the wet season can also see large numbers of migrating zebra and wildebeest.
Food and drink
The chef at the camp serves fresh and tasty home-cooked meals, which are enjoyed in the main dining area and served on plates rather than in a buffet style. Most dietary requirements and special requests can be catered for if the camp is informed in advance.
All children are welcome to stay at the camp. A roll-away bed can be added to tents to accommodate one child under the age of 12. There’s also a family tent comprising of two adjacent tents connected by a bathroom for up to two adults and three children. A children’s menu is available, and children can take part in the camp activities, but must be 12 or over to have their own quad bike.
Facilities and activities
There’s a library and a pool on site, as well as comfortable loungers. The camp’s guides work with local bushmen to provide morning guided walks, where you can learn about survival in the harsh salt pan environment, as well as the local flora and fauna. During the dry season you can go quad biking across the pan (helmets not provided). Meanwhile, safaris allow you to encounter wildlife such as meerkat, aardvark, springbuck and brown hyena.
You may wish to visit the nearby Chapman’s Baobab, a widely-known tree that was once used as a campsite for early explorers and is believed to be the third largest tree in Africa.
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