Kalahari Plains Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp lies in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a place famed for its outstanding wildlife with vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators — including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions. This region also offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa.

UNLEASH IT: ON A REMOTE PART OF THE KALAHARI GAME RESERVE, A PLACE FAMED FOR ITS OUTSTANDING WILDLIFE.

We Love
  • Local drinks are included for if you are on a Fully Inclusive basis.
  • Kalahari Plains Camp guides work closely with the coordinators of the Central Kalahari Wild Dog Project and the Okavango-Kalahari Wild Dog Research Project.
  • In addition, Kalahari Plains Camp has actively engaged the local Basarwa (Bushman) people to integrate them into the potentially mutually beneficial ecotourism industry.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • A minimum age for walking activities and sleep-outs is 13 years.
  • Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp.
  • You are requested to keep water usage to a minimum in this desert environment.

The Review

Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, at 5 million hectares this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. Due to the diversity of habitats in the area, healthy game populations move seasonally between dune and valley, depending on the season. It is also known to hold significant populations of large predators such as lion and brown hyaena.

Your Stay
The camp, situated on an immense pan, comprises ten en-suite canvas units each with a sleep-out area from which to enjoy the night skies. The lounge and dining area has a separate swimming pool and deck. The camp is raised off the ground to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, and the innovative insulated canvas walls and roof keep the temperatures inside comfortable.

Wildlife
This part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve offers year round viewing of key desert-adapted wildlife. Summer is spectacular with huge concentrations of plains game followed by predators such as lion and cheetah. General herbivore species easily seen are gemsbok (oryx), springbok, red hartebeest, grey duiker and steenbok. Less common carnivores from brown hyaena and even caracal are occasionally seen, while a host of smaller predators include meerkats (suricates), Cape fox, honey badger, black-backed jackal and many mongoose species.

Over 220 bird species can be seen in the area, with regionally threatened species like Kori Bustard and Lappet-faced Vulture and aridwest endemic species such as Burchell’s Sandgrouse, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and African Wren-Warbler.

Experience
Guided game drives and walks unlock the wildlife treasures found here and San Bushman experiences provide insights into the unique culture of this people.

Getting There

The Kalahari Plains Camp is located in the Northern sector of Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana and about 20km from Deception Valley. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 1 hour and 15 min flight on a light aircraft. Transfer time from airstrip to camp is about 30 minutes by road. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

The Kalahari Plains Camp can also be accessed by 4x4 vehicles but accommodation reservations must be made prior to entry into the Reserve – vehicles will not be granted access without an accommodation booking (unless it is a day trip).

 

 
Kalahari Plains Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Kalahari Plains Camp

Rating                      Adventure Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
Friendly                    Children
No of rooms              10
Max Occupants          20-24 guests (if family units fully utilised)
Interests                   Birding, Nature, Wildlife, Relaxation
Location                   Kalahari Game Reserve


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There are eight twin bedded standard tents which can be converted to double beds on request. There is one twin bedded guide/pilot room which is much smaller than the standard unit.

Family Tent
There are two family tents which comprise of 2 bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom on a shared deck but each with its own entrance off the deck (basically two identical rooms with the children’s room being slightly smaller, in a mirror image, but with only one sleep-out deck on top of the main unit)

Pilot/Guide Tent
There is one twin bedded pilot/guide tent with en-suite bathroom (though not of the same standard as a guest unit)

Unit Description
Being located in the desert, the canvas and roofs have been specially insulated to keep out most of the heat during the day and the cold during the night. Rooms have en suite bathroom facilities with a separate toilet and twin hand basins. Soaps, shampoos, hairdryers and insect repellents are supplied. There is a safe and ceiling fan. Each raised unit includes a down stairs shaded veranda and an up-stairs roof top veranda - allowing good views over the pan and plains. There is also a sleep-out deck above each unit to enjoy the night skies.

Camp Description
The camp’s main area comprises of a lounge, dining area and bar under canvas canopy all with ceiling fans. There is a swimming pool and deck area, all raised off the ground to take in the view of the surrounding area.

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. Multi-plugs are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use. Guests are requested to keep water usage to a minimum in this desert environment.


Activities

The main activity here is the game drives via 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent.

Game walks out of Kalahari Plains offers amongst the best walking anywhere in Botswana and the opportunity for natural history interpretation is endless. The Botswana Department of Wildlife and
National Parks walking permit restricts walking to a 3km radius of camp – this includes two large remote pans which attract both wildlife and birds. Game walks are dependent on a walking qualified guide being in camp and cannot be guaranteed.

Bushman Walk, led by camp staff members who are descendants of the San Bushmen. The experience enables an understanding of how the San Bushmen lived and survived in the harsh Kalahari desert as well as gaining an insight in to the ancient San culture and their humble and gentle approach amongst the family units and with the environment.

Day trips to the renowned Deception Valley, with a picnic brunch, can be requested.
Please note: As Kalahari Plains is in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, we adhere to all the Department of Wildlife and National Parks regulations including no off-road driving and night driving.

Suggested Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure.

Afternoon tea (at 1530h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1830h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    High Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children over the age of 6 years are welcome and partake in activities with all other guests.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    A minimum age of 13 years is required for walking activities (subject to availability) and sleep-outs.

Other Policies
    Local drinks are included for guests booked on a Fully Inclusive basis.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Payment can be made by: Cash (Pula, GBP, US$, Euro, ZAR), Travellers Cheques or Visa / MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:           2:00 PM
    Check out:       12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:      1 night

 

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

In the northern plains of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, sweeping vistas and acacia savannah mosaics direct the landscape and hold significant populations of large predators such as lion, cheetah and brown hyaena. Herbivore aggregations include impressive herds of springbok, wildebeest and gemsbok as well as bat-eared fox, meerkats and ground squirrels. The plains game populations move seasonally between dune and valley: in summer the verdant flatlands are a thriving wildlife mosaic whilst in winter a series of ecologically-placed waterholes enhance game viewing.

Birdlife
The avifauna in the reserve is equally diverse with over 220 species recorded to date. There are significant healthy populations of regionally threatened species such as Kori Bustard and Lappet-faced Vulture, as well as a variety of arid-west endemic species like Burchell's Sandgrouse, Grey-backed Sparrowlark, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and African Wren-Warbler. The vivid colours of Crimson-breasted Shrike and Violet-eared Waxbill provide a startling contrast to the sometimes stark surroundings.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Kalahari Plains Camp is located in the Northern sector of Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana and about 20km from Deception Valley. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 1 hour and 15 min flight on a light aircraft. Transfer time from airstrip to camp is about 30 minutes by road. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

The Kalahari Plains Camp can also be accessed by 4x4 vehicles but accommodation reservations must be made prior to entry into the Reserve – vehicles will not be granted access without an accommodation booking (unless it is a day trip).

National Park fees are payable for all self-drive and self-fly guests. On arrival at the National Park gate, guests must sign the Kalahari Plains entrance book. All National Park fees are to be paid in camp and are calculated on per-person and a per-vehicle rate per day.
Camp GPS co-ordinates –  21⁰’29’9.20”S and 24⁰0’32.28”E.

Airstrip Details
The airstrip is 25 minutes’ game drive from the camp.
Coordinates: S021 degrees 32.821 minutes and E024 degrees 04.072 minutes (length: 1000m)

A charge is levied by the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks for any private plane landing and staying in the National Parks and Game Reserves. Accordingly, a fee of BWP250 per plane per day, for guests not utilising the property’s air transfer services, must be settled directly with Kalahari Plains Camp.