Overview

Kalahari Plains overlooks an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. Its eight en-suite canvas units – airy and insulated to keep temperatures comfortable – are each topped with a sleep-out platform where you can spend moonlit or star-studded nights. The charmingly traditional, wood and thatch main section consists of a lounge, dining area, pool, and deck. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp. Healthy wildlife populations are present year round, many seen from vantage points in camp.

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  • Location

    Kalahari Plains Camp is located in the northern eastern sector of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, about 28kms from Deception Valley. It overlooks a small waterhole at the edge of a ‘pan’, and is located in an area with plentiful desert wildlife.

  • Accommodation

     

    It comprises eight en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out platform above each from which to enjoy moonlit or star-studded nights. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area with a pool and deck. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp and insulated canvas walls and roofs keep temperatures inside the units comfortable.

     

    Room Types

     

    Standard Tent(s)

    (7 ROOMS)

    This camp can accommodate 16 guests and 02 children plus 4 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and / or concession availability.

    8 x units in total comprising:

    7 x twin-bedded luxury canvas tented rooms each with two three quarter beds.

    1 x family luxury canvas tented unit with two three quarter beds in each bedroom (consists of 2 bedrooms each with own bathroom and entrance, sharing a deck).

     

    Family Tent

    (1 ROOM)

    This camp can accommodate 16 guests and 02 children plus 4 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and / or concession availability.

    8 x units in total comprising:

    7 x twin-bedded luxury canvas tented rooms each with two three quarter beds.

    1 x family luxury canvas tented unit with two three quarter beds in each bedroom (consists of 2 bedrooms each with own bathroom and entrance, sharing a deck).

     

     

    Family Tent – Kalahari Plains Camp

     

    Standard Tent(s) – Kalahari Plains Camp

     

  • Facilities

     

    Property Facilities
    Bar
    Pool
    Private Vehicle Available
    Tented Camp
    Family Accommodation
    Solar

    Room Facilities
    Electrical Outlets
    En-Suite
    Fan
    Hair Dryer
    Internet Access (Complimentary)
    Mosquito Nets
    Safe
    Tea / Coffee

  • Activities

     

    Activities on site
    Bird Watching
    Game Drives
    Sleep Outs
    Walks (Guided)

    Activities Nearby
    Cultural Tours

     

    Related Activities

  • Highlights

    All year round wildlife is abundant in this region of Botswana. However, with the summer rains, the desert comes to life. Hundreds of plains game including springbok and gemsbok graze the grounds. Lions can also be encountered here and one of the highest concentrations of cheetah in southern Africa and leopard are found here.

     

    During the winter months, the Kalahari is a typical desert. The general game, carnivores, wildebeest, red hartebeest and steenbok and small predators can be seen here (black-backed jackal, Cape fox, honey badger and myriad mongoose species).

     

    Birding

    The Central Kalahari offers good bird watching. Over 250 species have been recorded, and the park is particularly good for raptors due to the high volume of small animals for them to feed on. Some of the big ground dwelling birds to look out for are ostrich, secretary bird and kori bustard. Smaller bustards, such as black bustard and red-crested bustard are common as well.

     

    Best Time for Bird Watching

    Central Kalahari is a great reserve for bird watching throughout the year, but the best time is during the wetter months, from November to April, when migrants are present. At this time, a lot of birds are breeding, and some species such as the whydahs transform their plumage from drab to spectacular. The best wildlife viewing months are around the same time.

  • Fact Facts

    RATING
    4 Star
    NO. ROOMS
    8
    SPOKEN LANGUAGES
    English
    AVAILABLE SERVICES
    Credit Card
    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    Birding, Nature, Relaxation, Wildlife

  • Getting there

     

    Central Kalahari Game Reserve is located 250km/155mi south of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The drive takes about five hours. The park has four entrances. Most visitors driving to the park use the Matswere Gate, which is about 40km/24mi north of the popular Deception Valley. After rain, the road can be very bad and driving times will be longer.

     

    It is much easier to fly to one of the camps inside or outside the park by chartered plane. Or you can fly to Maun Airport (MUB) and rent a 4×4 to drive yourself to the game reserve. Alternatively, you can book a safari by 4×4, and you will be picked up by your driver-guide at the airport.

     

    Domestic Airlines & Flights in Botswana

    Most domestic flights are operated by Air Botswana. Small charter flights are frequently used to travel between parks or to get to remote areas, such as the camps in the Okavango Delta.

     

    Wilderness Air (The partner to Wilderness Safaris) operates regular charter flights from its Windhoek-Eros-hub, Namibia to Maun. Wilderness Safari are the Owners of Kalahari Plains Camp

     


     

    Kalahari Plains Camp

    You will be picked up by your driver-guide at Maun airport to the Camp which is approximately 21h 32m drive 1046.9 km from Maun.

     


     

    Wilderness Air is the proud air partner of Wilderness Safaris, providing private access to the finest wilderness areas of southern Africa.

     

    Wilderness Air is privileged to fly into some of the most pristine wildlife areas in the world. We believe that these flights are an integral part of each guest’s travel experience and that our pilots’ passion and professionalism makes a genuine contribution to journeys that change lives.

     

    Wilderness Air began operating in 1991, with one aircraft based in Botswana servicing two camps in the Okavango Delta. Today, Wilderness Air is also based in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, operating over 26 aircraft and employing over 40 pilots with around 70 daily connections. Throughout its time, Wilderness Air has maintained its excellent reputation for safety and guest service.

     

    We operate a varied fleet of light aircraft, chosen for their ability to transport visitors comfortably to remote wilderness destinations with dirt airstrips. Each aircraft type has been selected based on its ability to transport different numbers of passengers, over different ranges. Our fleet operates on daily circuits within the regions. Credit Wilderness Safari.

     

  • Camp Exprience

     

    Drive across the infinite desert in search of its star attraction: the glorious Kalahari black-maned lion. Cheetahs are also abundant, one of the highest concentrations in southern Africa. Watch herds of springbok, gemsbok or wildebeest journey across the sands, as well as giraffes, brown hyaenas, myriad mongoose varieties, Cape and bat-eared foxes, leopards, black-backed jackals, and honey badgers.

     

    Among more than 200 bird species on hand, spot the striking secretary bird, pale chanting goshawk, ostrich, black-breasted snake eagle and countless others. Learn, feel the culture of the land’s indigenous people, the ancient San, out on a walk with a family. Sleep in a bed open to the night sky and marvel at one of the planet’s most spectacular night skies.

  • Wildlife

     

    All year round wildlife is abundant in this region of Botswana. However, with the summer rains, the desert comes to life. Hundreds of plains game including springbok and gemsbok graze the grounds. Lions can also be encountered here and one of the highest concentrations of cheetah in southern Africa and leopard are found here.

    During the winter months, the Kalahari is a typical desert. The general game, carnivores, wildebeest, red hartebeest and steenbok and small predators can be seen here (black-backed jackal, Cape fox, honey badger and myriad mongoose species).

     

    Some of the animals in the reserve

     

     

     

  • Birding

     

    The Central Kalahari offers good bird watching. Over 250 species have been recorded, and the park is particularly good for raptors due to the high volume of small animals for them to feed on. Some of the big ground dwelling birds to look out for are ostrich, secretary bird and kori bustard. Smaller bustards, such as black bustard and red-crested bustard are common as well.

     

    Best Time for Bird Watching

    Central Kalahari is a great reserve for bird watching throughout the year, but the best time is during the wetter months, from November to April, when migrants are present. At this time, a lot of birds are breeding, and some species such as the whydahs transform their plumage from drab to spectacular. The best wildlife viewing months are around the same time.

     

    Some of the birds in the reserve

     

    Chat Flycatcher

    Credit : Marco Valentini

     

    Common kestrel

    Credit: Simon Colenutt

     

    Eastern paradise whydah

    Credit: Wikipedia (Kalahari Plains Camp)

     

    Kori bustard

    Credit: Holger Teichmann

     

    Marico flycatcher

    Credit: Vicente Alvarado

     

    Vultures

    Credit: Kalahari Plains Camp

     

    Double-banded sandgrousec

    Credit: lin padgham

     

    Ostriches

    Credi: Kalahari Plains Camp

     

    Black-chested_snake-eagle

    Credit: Wikipedia

     

  • Bushmen experience

     

    An interpretive, guided walk led by camp staff members who are descendants of the San, provides insights into their traditional lifestyles through dress, activities and a short walk (800 metres) in the immediate camp area.

     

     

     

  • Food

     

     

  • Airport

     

    Maun Airport (IATA: MUB, ICAO: FBMN) is an international airport serving the town of Maun in the North-West District of Botswana. It is on the north side of the town and is accessible by shuttle bus or taxi.

     

    Maun Airport serves as the main gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. Many tour operators offer chartered flights over the Delta and to Botswana destinations such as the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest seasonal wetlands in Africa. There are also daily scheduled flights to destinations in Botswana and South Africa.

     

    Wilderness Air operates regular charter flights from its Windhoek-Eros-hub, Namibia to Maun.

     

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