Kings Pool Camp

Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando, Botswana

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Kings Pool Camp

Kings Pool Camp is located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a vast private concession in the northern part of Botswana, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The accommodation here is luxurious, the wildlife spectacular.


We Love
  • The Camp partially funds two MSc studies examining the presence of a very large elephant population in the concession and its possible impact on vegetation and other animal species.
  • Although Botswana allows hunting in the concession, the camp has decided to forfeit approximately US$1.2 million per annum in hunting quotas in preference for photographic safaris.
  • The Camp has two hides; one over ground and the other underground with the water at eye-level.
Need to Know
  • An open-sided thatched gym is available.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • The camp is 100% solar powered for electricity and hot water. A 220v generator is used for emergencies.

The Review

The private Linyanti Concession borders the Chobe National Park's western boundary. It is an enormous, wildlife-rich area, shared between just three small camps (DumaTau, Kings Pool and Savuti), and enjoys an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space. With two-thirds of the channel located within the Linyanti Concession, Kings Pool Camp guests have private and exclusive access to its abundant game.

Why Stay
Kings Pool Camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, apparently named after a Scandinavian monarch who spent a number of nights camping out on its banks - long before any camp was built here.

Kings Pool Camp has nine well-appointed tents (including one family unit) of canvas and thatch. Each has a large bedroom area, lounge, private plunge pool and 'sala'. The spacious en-suite bathrooms are tiled with double showers and hand-basins - as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower close to nature! The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on expansive raised decks. There is also a communal pool and an open-air 'kgotla' for dining under the stars.

The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve has abundant wildlife in a wide variety of species, but is most noted for its very large elephant population which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game is abundant, such as impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and bushbuck, and their predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope also emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.

The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for numerous and diverse species of birds and are a magnet for game in the dry winter months. Viewing includes Carmine Bee-eaters in summer and great raptors year round.

Activities include day and night game drives, walks (on request), and elegant boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing) on Kings Pool’s colonial-style barge, the Queen Sylvia. Two hides allow guests to spend their siesta watching game come down to drink. One is edge of the camp, while the other is underground, with the water at eye-level – Seeing massive elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an extraordinary experience.

Getting There

The Kings Pool camp is located within the Linyanti Concession, bordered to the east by Chobe National Park and overlooking the Linyanti River and Kings Pool Lagoon. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 50 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes about 45 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but give extra time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Kings Pool Camp Linyanti, Selinda & Kwando, Botswana

Kings Pool Camp

Rating                      Premier Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
Max Occupants          18 plus 2 tour leaders/guides.
Interests                   Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                   Linyanti Concession


Standard Tent
There are eight twin bedded tents and one king size bedded tent with a ball-and-claw bath. The twin beds can be moved together to make a double bed.

Family Tent
There is one family tent consisting of 2 bedrooms each with its own bathroom and entrance; inter-leading walkway between the two bedrooms.

Pilot/ guide Tent
There is one twin en-suite guide room which comprises 2 tented rooms sharing 1 bathroom (not the same standard as guest tents).

Tent details
Luxury tented rooms have thatched roof and en suite bathroom facilities with a separate toilet, double vanity and basin, shower and a door through to pool deck with an outside shower. Soaps, shampoos, hairdryers and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling and stand up fans, a safe and mini bar. Sarovski binoculars are available on request. Every room has an exercise mat and weights (2 x 1kg and 2 x 2kg weights). Each unit has a plunge pool, Sala and lounge built on raised saligna deck with views of lagoon.

Camp Description
The camp has a large dining room, bar, lounge deck and a swimming pool. An open air boma is used for dinner around campfire. For wildlife enthusiasts there is a sunken hide at a waterhole near the camp. Massage treatments (at an additional cost) can be conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent. A cocktail reception can be arranged on request for large groups when taking over both the DumaTau and Kings Pool camps. There is a small curio shop and library.

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. A 220v plugs are available/multi nation. 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.


The main activity here is the game drives via 4 x 10-seater open 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. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken and there is also a sunken hide for game viewing.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment. Kings Pool is not billed as a tigerfish destination and the species typically caught here are bream and barbel.

Sleep outs are not being offered at the Kings Pool sunken hide but are possible at the DumaTau hide. A private vehicle must be booked and paid for, which also allows for greater flexibility for departure and return. The DumaTau hide is an elevated platform, equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and long drop toilet. Minimum age requirement is 12 years and older.

Suggested Schedule
The Premier camps are very flexible with meal times/venues and activity times and thus this is an indication only.

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 or spend your time at the hide.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h 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 1900h, 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.

    Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
    Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and is inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Curios, imported drinks and tips/gratuities can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out. Payment can be effected by cash (US$), Travellers Cheques or the following credit cards: Visa or 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 on 0208 350 6199.

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


Linyanti Concession

The 125 000-hectare Linyanti Concession bordering Chobe National Park's western boundary is an enormous wildlife-rich area with an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space. The bulk of the concession is comprised of different mopane woodland associations, but along the Linyanti River there exists a strip of riparian forest and floodplain. The concession is bisected by an ancient watercourse — the now-flowing Savute Channel — which provides a year-round water source to complement the Linyanti. The area is famed for its herds of elephant that reach the world's highest densities in the dry winter months. Other species are also abundant — zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lechwe, reedbuck, kudu — and in addition to species like lion, spotted hyaena and leopard, the area also plays host to healthy populations of cheetah and wild dog. Rarer species such as sable and roan emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.

Birding is outstanding at Kings Pool Camp: with the Linyanti Concession an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA). Sightings range from Okavango specials, like the Slaty Egret, Hartlaub's Babbler, African Skimmer, Allen's Gallinule and Wattled Crane, to the drier mopane woodland species like Racket-tailed Roller, Bradfield's Hornbill, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Bennett's Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater and Arnott's Chat. Also on display are the Kori Bustard, Ostrich, Secretarybird, and Ground Hornbill with Southern Carmine Bee-eaters in summer. High concentrations of birds of prey and raptors like eagles and Dickenson's Kestrel can also be expected. There are also various owl species in the region, such as Verreaux's (Giant) Eagle-Owl and African Scops-Owl.

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
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 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.

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.

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 Kings Pool camp is located within the Linyanti Concession, bordered to the east by Chobe National Park and overlooking the Linyanti River and Kings Pool Lagoon. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 50 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes about 45 mins. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 mins but give extra time for customs and immigration. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Chobe 1 Airstrip which also services DumaTau, Savuti and Kings Pool camps
Airstrip coordinates: S18.31.99, E023.39.27
1000m long, compacted calcrete.
Driving time from Kings Pool is approximately 45 minutes.
Kings Pool airstrip is no longer operational and hence the Chobe 1 Airstrip as above is now used for all access and it is licensed for heavier aircraft such as King Air’s.