Camp Kalahari

Seriously cool hangout in the Kalahari

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Nestled amongst the acacias on the edge of the ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park lies Camp Kalahari. A return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, Camp Kalahari allows you to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way.

All ten Meru tents have en-suite bathrooms, flush loos and arguably the best showers in the Kalahari. The tent interiors are classic, old-safari style, replete with comfy beds, crisp cotton sheets, colourful African blankets and hot water bottles in winter. There is no electricity; however the camp is atmospherically lit by paraffin lanterns at night. There is a large and comfortable thatched library, lounge and dining area where you can relax or chat with other guests.

When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season (November to mid-April), 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 that can be viewed on the 4WD safaris and spot-lit night drives offered, where unique species such as aardvark, gemsbok, springbok and elusive brown hyena roam.

You will have the privilege of taking a morning guided walk with the Zu/’hoasi (Bushmen) people of the Kalahari. Offering you a window into the past, they teach you how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills. Close by is the site of the famous Chapman’s Baobab which, until it fell in 2016, was acknowledged to be one of the three largest trees in Africa and probably near to 1000 years old. The mighty tree marked the campsite of early explorers such as Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area, and was etched with their signatures. An opportunity to see the Kalahari Desert through the eyes of a meerkat is not to be missed and is a memorable encounter as they use any elevated position (inlcuding the top of your head!) to survey their surroundings.

At the end of each day, return to the comfort of camp, enjoying a delicious meal, gazing out at the remote & silent wilderness. With authenticity, heritage and style, Camp Kalahari captures the very essence of the original safari.

Why we like it

  • Meerkats & Bushmen 
  • Desert & Salt Pan Landscapes  
  • Traditional Safari Style 
  • Aardvark & Gemsbok 
  • Chapman‘s Baobab
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