Kalahari Plains Camp

A stylish canvas camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert close to Deception Pan.

Kalahari Plains Camp

A stylish canvas camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert close to Deception Pan.


  • Walk in the desert with a San Bushman guide
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the terrace
  • Superb star gazing
  • Tented chalets with private verandas
  • Sleep under the stars in a skybed
  • Sip a nightcap by the camp fire

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) offers one of the most remote and unspoiled experiences on the African continent. At 52 800km² (more than 5 million hectares) this reserve is one of the largest in the world.

Kalahari Plains Camp is located in a remote part of this productive and diverse protected area. This comfortable camp has 10 uniquely styled canvas rooms (8 twins and 2 family units) plus a guides room, each guest room has its own viewing deck and raised upstairs platform allowing for sleep-outs under the spectacular desert stars.

The desert habitat has been taken into account in the room design and flat roofs ensuring that the low vegetation profile is not broken by inappropriate design. The main area is similarly designed and comprises separate dining, lounge and bar area with fireplace, as well as an adjacent swimming pool for respite from the warm days. Water is provided by a borehole in camp. Energy for room lighting, ceiling fans and hot water geysers is provided by solar panels. A small generator is run for limited periods using an inverter and battery bank which provides energy for refrigeration and other appliances.

A waterhole located on the edge of the pan in front of camp attracts a variety of plains game as well as the occasional large carnivore. The landscape and topography consists of flat grasslands and undulating vegetated dunes which is home to several antelope species and large predators. This area is characterised by vast open grassy plains, seasonal pans, wooded acacia islands, prehistoric scrub-covered dunes and fossil riverbeds.

During the summer months (December - May) the northern part of the CKGR, where the camp is situated, offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Botswana. At this time of year these verdant flatlands are alive with aggregations of gemsbok, springbok and blue wildebeest. Predator concentrations are also high and sightings of the almost mythical black-maned Kalahari lions are complemented with some of the best cheetah viewing in Africa.

Wild dog and leopard are seen on occasion and other mammal possibilities include southern giraffe, steenbok, red hartebeest and charismatic ground squirrels and meerkats. Bird life is equally diverse with over 220 species recorded to date, with a variety of arid- west endemic species such as Burchell's Sandgrouse, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and African Wren-Warbler. The vivid colours of Crimson-breasted Shrike and Violet-eared Waxbill enliven the sometimes stark surroundings. Prime wildlife viewing areas include places with evocative names such as Deception Valley and Sunday Pan. The former is all that remains of an ancient riverbed which today is an 80km-long gentle valley floor covered with short palatable grasses interspersed with picturesque tree islands.

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Client Rating for Botswana 5/5 from 120 reviews

A very isolated location, giving you the true feeling of what it is like to live in an area where water is so scarce. The food here was excellent, the staff all so friendly and welcoming. They provided us with a very memorable last nights entertainment.

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Kalahari Plains Camp

Kalahari Plains Camp

A stylish canvas camp in the heart of the Kalahari Desert close to Deception Pan.

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