Overview of Kalahari Plains Camp

Close to the remote Deception Valley region of Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Kalahari Plains Camp is an ideal base from which to discover the secrets of this little-visited but hugely rewarding destination. Built from canvas and timber, this completely solar-powered camp offers morning and afternoon game drives in open vehicles, guided walks to discover the fascinating secrets of life in the desert and some surprisingly excellent bird watching.

Many of the staff are descended from the local San/Bushman clans and will gladly explain aspects of their unique culture during your walk. Keep an eye out for the Kalahari’s abundant herbivores – gemsbok, giraffe, wildebeest, eland – as well as the predators that follow closely behind. Game viewing is excellent throughout the year but it is at its most spectacular during the early summer months when the rains turn the desert green with new grass, attracting not just thousands of springbok but the cheetahs, lions and leopards that prey on them.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Set in a remote part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Spectacular summer game viewing & birding
  • Excellent area for big cat sightings
  • Great opportunity to see small, rare predators
  • Interact with local Bushman communities
  • Fantastic all-year round safari destination
Bird watching

Bird watching

Full-day safaris

Full-day safaris

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Specialist guides

Specialist guides

Rooms at Kalahari Plains Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Wake up to the sight of the Kalahari's golden grasslands just steps away from your bed.

    Standard Twin Tent

    Unusual luxury tents provide a comfortable retreat after each day’s adventure. Each en suite tent is raised off the ground to catch the natural breezes that keep out the heat of the day.

    The bedroom leads onto a small deck and a flight of stairs leads to a second, rooftop deck with never-ending views of the spell-binding Kalahari landscape. A night spent on your rooftop deck under a blanket of a million stars is an unforgettable experience.

    General Facilities

    The central, open-sided main tent is raised on wooden decking and centres around the sociable bar area. On one side is a comfortable lounge and small reference library while on the other is the dining area.

    Beyond the tent is the traditional campfire around which many a safari story is told, while a discreet distance away is the camp’s swimming pool, a wonderful place to spend your afternoons during the Kalahari’s hot summer months.

    Bar

    Bar

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Dining

    Breakfast and brunch are usually enjoyed in the dining area of the main tent, afternoon tea is a relaxed affair in the comfortable lounge, and dinner is at Kalahari Plains Camp is enjoyed in the company of your guides around a roaring fire beneath the stars.

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    Traveller Reviews

    • BJ

      All of the camps we visited (Jao, Kalahari Sands, and King’s Pool) were fantastic, the service and accommodations more than we expected, and the knowledgeable staff extremely helpful and informative.

      Our service at Kalahari Sands was great, and it truly is a wonderful camp. Most importantly, I would like to let them know that our guide at Kalahari Sands, Mwamo Poneso Mwamo, was the perfect guide for us. He was patient with my questions and showed a true passion for his job and his country.

      Bob Jennings
    • EM

      Kalahari Plains was so good – we did the sleep out under the stars and it was magical.

      Emma Martin

    Traveller Reviews

    • BJ

      All of the camps we visited (Jao, Kalahari Sands, and King’s Pool) were fantastic, the service and accommodations more than we expected, and the knowledgeable staff extremely helpful and informative.

      Our service at Kalahari Sands was great, and it truly is a wonderful camp. Most importantly, I would like to let them know that our guide at Kalahari Sands, Mwamo Poneso Mwamo, was the perfect guide for us. He was patient with my questions and showed a true passion for his job and his country.

      Bob Jennings
    • EM

      Kalahari Plains was so good – we did the sleep out under the stars and it was magical.

      Emma Martin