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Camp Kalahari

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

- Family Friendly
- Authentic cultural experience
- Stunning wilderness
- Habituated meerkats

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Overview

As the simplest and lowest priced of the renowned Unchartered Africa portfolio, Camp Kalahari is a great option for those on a lower budget wanting to explore the vast salt pans in the dry season, or see the fantastic wildlife of the Zebra migration when the rains come.

In wet season, the surrounding plains teem with life. In dry season, they are seemingly deserted. It is this sense of living in vast nothingness that is Camp Kalahari’s attraction: its peacefulness and remoteness a temple of solitude, contemplation, and serenity.

Located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, among the acacias of Hyena Island, Camp Kalahari offers an authentic safari experience in this area of Botswana as a great base for observing the dramatic migration of zebra and wildebeest that herd to the lush algae during wet season and for exploring the desert during dry season.

The plains become a luscious bed of green on which flamingos descend to feed and zebra and wildebeest run free. They are a superb attraction for game and predators during wet season. During dry season, you can experience the Makgadikgadi plains on quad bikes...all 6,200 square miles!

Animals unique to the Camp Kalahari area form the main focus of activities during dry season. You can see aardvark, gemsbuck, and springbuck, and have a fantastic chance of spotting the rare and elusive brown hyena. Better still is the ease with which you can interact with posses of wild but habituated meerkats. You are invited to follow the meerkats by your guides, who work alongside Zu/’hoasi Bushmen to provide a running commentary on the meerkats’ behaviour as well as the survival skills their ancestors needed to live out in the Makgadikgadi desert. Camp Kalahari is part of the renowned Unchartered Africa portfolio of remote camps along with Jack's Camp and San Camp. Like its sister camps, in addition to gazing at game, you are able to view the immense formations of stars and planets under the Kalahari’s famously clear night skies.

Camp Kalahari’s communal space is elegant, eclectic, and eccentric. A thatched library provides the perfect place to escape into the written history of the surrounding land, whilst the thatched pavilion gives you the chance to watch that history unfold before your eyes from the comfort of a cool pool. Flavours of African aesthetic permeate the living and dining areas and are mixed with colonial artefacts to give you a sense of living as an early explorer in unchartered terrain.

Ten Meru tents scatter the area around the camp. Filled with four poster beds, en-suite bathrooms, crunchy cotton sheets, rich textiles, and Moroccan kilims, your private quarters are comfortable and capacious.

For families, there is a family unit consisting of two adjoined tents. Children of all ages are welcome although families with under 8s will need to take a private vehicle and guide at extra cost. Children are able to do all the activities, such as quad-biking and visiting the Camp’s natural history museum. However, those under 12 years of age will have to share a quad bike with an adult driver whilst children 12 years and older are allowed to drive a quad bike but only at the Guide / Camp Manager discretion. Children using the swimming pool must be accompanied by an adult.

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Average Rating

based on 502 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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