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Camp Kalahari

Kalahari & the Pans

Rating: Mid-range    Price from: £285 - £395 pp full board

Camp Kalahari overview

An original style safari camp harking to the days of explorers, Camp Kalahari is on Hyeana Island on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park amongst palm treess, overlooking salt pans. This is an ideal base if you're looking for comfort and fun with adventure thrown in! There is a large lounge, library and dining area and 10 'meru' style tented rooms including one family unit with 2 bedrooms. All have en-suite bathrooms with outdoor showers and hot water.

There are two seasons in this region, the wet season from November to mid April then dry until the end of October. In the wet season, water and flamingos fill the pans and flowers bloom across the plains, animal action is busy with plenty of lion and cheetah chasing their prey. The highlight of this season is the largest migration in southern Africa where 30,000 animals, mainly zebra, migrate across the pans. In the dry season the waters disappear and the desert animals are easily seen. 

From the camp you can enjoy game viewing around Makgadikgadi Pans and Central Kalahari regions with a variety of desert adapted species. A highlight of this camp is bush walks with the San Bushmen, full of ancient knowledge that has been passed down generations. You can also get up close to the deserts most endearing of animals, the meerkats. Take a walk at dawn and find them emerging from their burrows, seemingly oblivious to you. They have been known to climb over people as they go about their foraging, a gorgeous experience!

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Open: Open all year. 

Location: On Hyaena Island on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. 

Rooms: 10 Meru-style tents including 1 family unit comprising 2 tents and an interconnecting bathroom, which accommodates up to 2 adults and 3 children. All tents have en-suite bathrooms. The camp accommodates a maximum of 23 guests. 

Facilities: There is a thatched library, lounge and dining area. Dining: Meals are served communally in the dining room. 

Children: The camp accepts children of all ages. Children under 12 years are not permitted to stay alone in their own tent. 

Health: This is a malarial area. 

Communication: There is no mobile reception, no direct ‘phone or fax and no internet.

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Ian Furbank (26/09/2010)

"Just astonishing facilities in the middle of nowhere! Great staff, amazing food, superb tents with 'the hottest wettest showers in the Kalahari' - probably true! Hosts Fabio and then Kat happy to take time to chat and listen to any concerns we had (none)."

Anthea Chester-Master (26/08/2010)
"Our tent and bathroom got very hot during the day, some loungers outside the tent would be nice. The food was not up to standard but I believe this is in hand. The night spent on the salt pans was a highlight of the entire holiday, it was wonderful."
Jeff Webster (13/07/2010)
"Set miles from anywhere this is a camp styled around the 1940's period with good solid furniture and an ambience to match."

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