In marked contrast to the camps in the Okavangos, Kalahari Plains sits on the edge of an immense pan. Large herds of gemsbok (oryx) and springbok arrive in the wake of the summer rains, attracting the attention of cheetah and black-maned Kalahari lions. The annual transformations belie a sense of timelessness and authentic San Bushman cultural experiences give insights into an ancient yet sustainable way of life.
Eight cool canvas guest tents (including one family unit) each feature a rooftop sleep-out platform, with unequalled views of the night sky. A refreshing pool and unique architecture make the desert temperatures much more comfortable.
INSIDER'S TIP: Journey back in time on a guided walk to learn about the fascinating and ancient lifestyle of the San Bushman people.
Place: Situated on an immense pan, Kalahari Plains lies in a remote corner of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a place famed for vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions and feisty honey badgers. It also offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa. Game drives unlock wildlife treasures while respectful San Bushman experiences provide insights into a unique culture.
Accommodation: Eight canvas units (including one family unit) each include a sleep-out rooftop platform from which to enjoy the night skies. The camp, including its main area with pool and deck, takes in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides electricity and hot water, with innovative insulated canvas walls and roofs keeping the temperatures inside comfortable.
Purpose: In keeping with Wilderness’ objectives of using technologies and techniques towards reducing energy consumption and fuel use, as well as other resource-use reductions, Kalahari Plains is run on 100% solar power and uses an ancient yet effective water harvesting technique.
Unique Selling Points
- Excellent access to the vastness of the Central Kalahari
- Summer brings plains game concentrations and arguably some of the best cheetah viewing in Africa
- Experience traditional San Bushman culture in a respectful and authentic manner