Fodor's Expert Review Kalahari Plains Camp

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Central, Botswana

This is one of Wilderness Safari's newer camps, its first in the great Kalahari Desert and it's 100% solar-powered. Situated in the desolate northern part of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is one of the largest game reserves in the world and bigger than Switzerland, overlooking a huge pan, you'll stay in one of 10 en-suite innovatively insulated canvas tents designed to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. Accommodation is basic but comfortable and if you can stand the desert sun you can sunbathe on your rooftop deck, or sleep under the dazzling desert stars. Game is particularly abundant during and just after the rains (roughly October through April) when seasonal herds of plains game move in and are followed by opportunistic predators: great black-maned Kalahari lions, leopards and cheetahs. Other desert specialists include shy brown hyenas, endearing bat-eared foxes and tenacious honey badgers while birdlife is spectacular with over 220 species including threatened species such as the lappet-faced vulture and the Kori bustard, one of the world's heaviest flying birds.


  • stunning desert scenery all year round
  • abundant game in season
  • interpretive walks with the local San Bushmen


  • tents get very hot in summer
  • even with the insulation
  • water is quite salty
  • tents get very hot in summer, even with the insulation
  • water is quite salty


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Phones: 27–11-807–1800-in South Africa


10 tents
Rate Includes: All meals

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