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Kalahari Plains Camp


Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Kalahari Plains Camp is situated in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers some of the best summer (November to April) wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in central Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in this country and one of the largest in the world.

The camp, located in true wilderness close to the famous Deception Valley, is comprised of 10 Meru-style canvas tents, each with en suite facilities and an additional outdoor sleeping area, to enjoy the amazing night sky. A central area offers a lounge, dining area and bar. The tents and the shared area are raised off the ground on wooden platforms to catch the breeze and take in the sweeping views across the Kalahari.

Thanks to the diversity of habitats, healthy game populations move through the area and are present to a greater or lesser degree all year long. But it is with the advent of the rains that the desert truly comes to life. Short grasses sprout in the pan systems and fossil riverbeds, and plains game such as springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest converge here by the hundreds and thousands to feed. This of course attracts predators such as lion and cheetah; the abundance of game during the summer rainy season offers occasional chances to see thrilling lion and cheetah hunts.

Guided game drives reveal the area’s fascinating wildlife treasures, with excellent cheetah viewing a regular feature. Equally interesting are San Bushmen encounters that provide insight into the unique culture of these indigenous people.