Camp Kalahari

Location: Kalahari Desert
No. of rooms: 10
Style: Meru style safari tents
Highlights: Luxury Kalahari camping with San bushmen guides
Dining: In the main dining areas
What’s the difference: Set in a unique location miles away from anyone else this rustic but homely camp offers game drives, quads, meeting habituated meerkats, walking, riding and meeting the oldest surviving tribe in Africa, the San bushmen who are all absolutely charming and completely hilarious – great senses of humour, walking with the bushmen watching tracking techniques honed over thousands of years is incredible.
The Luxury Safari Co Award for: Best location in the Kalahari and Makgadikgadi.

*** Now also offering riding safaris – click here for more info on these unique riding safaris in the Kalahari ***

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Camp Kalahari is nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Hyaena Island, on the edge of the ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park, in memory of Jack’s first visit to this area, Uncharted Africa Safari co. set up another truly original camp – Camp Kalahari. Camp Kalahari a return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, and is the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way.

It is the ideal camp for those who want fun, comfort, style and adventure. Camp Kalahari accepts children of all ages and makes for a fantastic family safari destination. In the style of Jack’s original camps, is a large and comfortable thatched library, lounge and dining area; here Guests can relax and enjoy the serenity and peace of this enchanting area.

Camp Kalahari has ten Meru tents: Seven twin tents, two double tents and one family unit comprising two twin tents with an inter-leading bathroom. All tents have en suite outdoor bathrooms, flush loos and the hottest wettest showers in the Kalahari.

When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season, the landscape is transformed. Water gathers on the saltpan. Algae bloom, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend to feed on them. Then herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators. Guests visiting Camp Kalahari during the wet season can witness the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa. Most people associate the migration with East Africa and don’t know about this, the second largest migration of African ungulates, with an estimated 30,000 animals, the majority being zebra, participating each year. When the waters dry up, the birds and animals migrate and the extraordinary ecosystem of the Makgadikgadi becomes the main attraction.

It is during the dry season that Guests can experience the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on quad bikes. Get dressed up in dark glasses and Lawrence of Arabia headgear and race out on to the pan. Fat tyres skim over the surfaces where heavier vehicles would sink.

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