Kalahari Plains Camp

Reviews of Kalahari Plains Camp

Good(89%) From 11 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 11 of our travellers who have visited Kalahari Plains Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Very interesting visit to Kalahari Plains

Not the best time of year for game viewing at KP as driest time.

Nevertheless, our excellent guide, Godfrey, still managed to track down a lion on its way to drink at the waterhole, a young leopard whose behaviour suggested she may never have seen a Land Rover before, giraffes drinking at the waterhole silhouetted against the sunset and many other birds and animals. He always had something interesting to say about the flora and fauna or about the country generally and even took us stargazing one evening

Don't miss the back of house tour at this camp which gives great insight into the huge effort that goes into running a camp in this remote location, and the bushman walk which provides an opportunity to see some of the insects and plants you would otherwise miss.

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Mr & Mrs. D from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 10-May-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great desert experience

Please also see my overall feedback for Wilderness Safaris generally.

The rains of 2013 were not very good and so the dry season was already well advanced. Despite this we saw plenty of wildlife - you obviously have to work harder than you would in the Delta but that seems to make it all the more rewarding.

The camp is comfortable and the food decent. Make sure you sleep outside on the deck at least one night. The landscape and views are fantastic.
We did not see cheetah or lions but did, a little surprisingly, see 2 leopards as well as the usual desert adapted species.
We would like to go back in the rains.

On the negative side - our flight from Maun was delayed a couple of hours - in the end they had to charter a plane for us - and we were left in the departure lounge and plane for a total of nearly four hours without a drink. We also therefore arrived a little late at camp for the first afternoon meaning a shortened activity - this was repeated the next 2 days when the next arrivals were late - meaning our afternoon's activities were slightly compromised.

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Mr H and Ms C from Ruislip
Arrived on: 3-Apr-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kalahari Plains Camp review

We had spent 12 nights at 4 different locations in Botswana before flying into the Kalahari. It was so desolate we all thought it was time to go home.

After 3 nights at this camp we could have stayed for several more days. Because it is so desolate you can see for miles like the honey badger digging for scorpions all day long, the cheetah walking on and on mewing and crying, the pregnant lioness getting very grumpy with her companions.

Although not 5 star luxury this was possibly the camp with the easiest going, friendliest staff virtually all of whose names we knew after 3 nights. Our guide, Godfrey, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and with a marvellous sense of humour. Loved it.

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Mr & Mrs G from London
Arrived on: 9-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kalahari Plains Camp review

What surprised us the most was the excellent accommodation, services and food that was provided in such a remote place.

We particularly liked the sincerity and great teamwork of the staff which helped create just the right atmosphere around the camp.

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Mr O from Divonne-Les-Bains, France
Arrived on: 9-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Fantastic Experience

Reaching the Kalahari desert after a 24 hour journey, squeezed in a plane seat for hours, and then to suddenly gaze at the immensity surrounding us was a memorable experience!

It was the rainy season but in effect still very dry as they had not had a drop of rain for several weeks.

We got to see a lot, more than I expected, in truth. Transferring to the camp from the airstrip, we were lucky enough to spot a cheetah drinking from the watering hole in front of the camp – great start! The following day was even better as we spotted a female cheetah and her 2 cubs. We watched her for some time as she was busy stalking a springbok, with the little ones in tow, replicating her every move – amazing! We also saw 3 Kalahari lions, and plenty of oryx, bat-eared foxes, black-backed jackals, leopard tortoises, honey-badgers, ostriches…

Our guide Rogers was very good. The San bushman walk was fun and informative.

The camp itself was very comfortable, with such a great atmosphere! Friendly and interesting guests, good food and very nice staff who welcomed us with a song. The platform tents were roomy, well set up (ladies with coloured hair beware of the salt water shower!). There is a deck above the tent where you can sleep under the stars – we slept there 2 out of our 3 nights in Kalahari and it was fantastic.

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Ms C - Canada
Arrived on: 15-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kalahari Plains Camp review

I had a very nice stay at Kalahari Plains Camp.

I really enjoyed seeing my first wild cheetah and seeing some giant Kalahari lions. Even though the game was quite sparse since its the dry season, I was still able to see some Kalahari animals: bat-eared foxes, oryx and springbok which are not found in many other places in Botswana. I also really enjoyed the bushman walk. It was really very interesting to learn more about how the bushman survive in such an arid region.

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Mr & Mrs O - California
Arrived on: 22-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Safari at Kalahari Plains Camp

The complete experience was perfect. From the time we made contact with Wilderness Safari to the time we arrived back in Maun with Wilderness Safari all went incredibly well. Everyone was competent and knew exactly what they were doing and really took care of us.

I would definitely like to return there and would also work with the Wilderness Safari organization at any time.

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Mr. G Essex
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kalahari Plains Camp review

No problems here, other than housekeeping, which was not up to usual standard. For instance, we had to ask for various items missing from our tent - sometimes more than once. The upkeep of the tent did not match other camps. When the weather was particularly wet and windy, the flaps on all windows did not hold and the rain poured in, resulting in a lot of wet floor and bed and clothes!

The guide - Fanie - was excellent with great sense of humour. We did not see a lot of game due to lack of rain and recent bush fire but really enjoyed the drives and also the walk.

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Mr & Mrs S - Texas
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Kalahari Plains Camp review

This was the most crowded camp (ie, number of guests), and you had the feeling of being just a body in so and so's jeep to the camp staff. However, that said, our guide/ driver OP was very personable and looked after us and our jeep mates on our drives. Our bed was comfortable, the tent was picturesque, but a somewhat weird layout in the bathroom (you walked thru the wet shower area to get to the open closet, sinks, and toilet areas). Of course it was the rainy season and everything inside the tent, including our clothes, always felt slightly damp. The common areas were nicely decorated and I found a great small book to read in the library.

Our walk and demonstration of skills by a San bushman was intresting and entertaining, although I don't think the nice young man was a bushman. Our guide/driver tried very hard at finding game but there was not much around, and what we saw was usually spoted by another guide and we were called to the spot later. We enjoyed the drive in Deception Valley, having read all of the Owen's books.

The most numerous animals were springbok and the herds of migrating oryx. We spent considerable time searching for the resident cheetahs.

We enjoyed our days here and feel lucky to say we have been to the Kalahari desert. Visiting in the rainy season here was in some ways spectular. You could see storms building up and coming toward you from a long distance. We had several amazing sunsets. Having once been here we would not return to this area; there is little variation in the scenery and not many animals.

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Mr & Mrs S from Kent
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Kalahari Plains Camp review

Grading average to good. Incredible variety of wild life, but we had seen most of it on the first evening (including wild cat) - a longer stay would not be more rewarding.

I felt quite crowded at the beginning - they seemed to have so many staff hovering, one could not get a mug of tea without a couple of staff wanting to help! I did not quite hit it off with Russ - I wanted a top and tried on too many for his liking. But my only grouse would be that they ran out of unsalty water but did not tell us, so we washed our hair in the salty water and had it sticky afterwards! And he declared that 'communication' was the most important aspect of his work! I found the guide a bit irritating, called our group 'guys' or 'folks' all the time. But he had brilliant eye-sight, and that is what matters!

Would love to have seen meercats - but I cannot blame the camp for the fact that they do not live here!

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