Camp Kalahari

Reviews of Camp Kalahari

Excellent(94%) From 38 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 38 of our travellers who have visited Camp Kalahari, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr K and Ms S from Roswell, GA
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Surprising amount of animal life

I didn't know for sure what to expect at Camp Kalahari in terms of wildlife. I expected meerkats, but didn't know if we would see anything else. I was pleasantly surprised by both the amount and the variety of life we saw. Three male lions sleeping, then again in the morning on a kill, surrounded by 27 jackals and innumerable vultures. A huge mixed herd of wildebeest and zebra at a waterhole. Ostrich and secretary birds and black korhaan. Most surprising were several bachelor herds of elephants.

Our guide, Bones, was great! At the beginning of the trip, I told he we would like to see some of the rarer, more nocturnal animals, such as brown hyenas, aardwolves, aardvark, and also gemsbok. Though we saw no gemsbok, he was able to give us a sighting of the aardwolf, a great view of a brown hyena (in daytime) and even a short nighttime glimpse of the aardvark and springhares. Bones even spotted a pair of cheetahs, recognizing them just by their eyeshine.

The tents were not as luxurious as some of the other tented camps - smaller and a little less fancy. Access to the bathroom area required passing through two sets of zippered openings, which was tiresome but not really a big deal.

Food was excellent. We enjoyed the bushmen visit, although we had to cut it short due to a flight out.

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Mr C. from Calgary
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kalahari review

Spectacular - had no idea there would be so much to see in such a sparsely vegetated area. Staff was awesome. My only complaint is the furniture in the common area was uncomfortable

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Mrs & Mr P - Essex
Arrived on: 24-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A fabulous experience

Standard 'classic camp' tent layout, but great attention to detail to give the feel of a Victorian explorer in terms of the furnishings and fittings.(even down to the morning tea tray complete with tea cosy and plate of biscuits).
The camp does have electricity now, with adequate lighting in the tents and charging facilities for batteries etc in the main area.
The highlight of this camp is, of course, the meerkat colonies. It was an unforgettable experience to spend time so close to these enchanting animals. We were also lucky enough to see two brown hyaena here.
In addition, good, late, rains in this area, meant that there was still water in some of the pans. As a result there were still large herds of wildebeest, zebra etc and a huge flock of flamingos. Normally these would all have migrated away from the pans by this time of the year.
We had a really excellent guide here, Bart, who was a highly knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area as well as the wildlife, and therefore added significantly to our enjoyment.
We had an amazing sundowner where we came across a bar, chairs and camp fire all laid out ready for us on a rocky outcrop.

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Mr W. from Altrincham
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A wonderful surprise

Great place. Wonderful people. Nice camp. Every drive/ outing - a unique experience.
One only glitch - my wife and another guest who was with us got food poisoning on the last day

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Ms S. from Oxford
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Kalahari, June 17

The accommodation is very comfortable, the food is delicious (including the vegetarian food), the camp is well organised and many small extras are thoughtfully provided, the staff members are pleasant and the atmosphere is friendly.

The guides are knowledgeable and sociable.

Clearly a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make everything run so smoothly, which we really appreciated.

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Mrs C. from Southwest USA
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Best by far - highlight of the trip

I cannot say enough about Camp Kalahari. Accommodations, staff, food, wildlife, guide, activities were all top notch. Our guide not only was one of the best I've ever had, but had an obvious rapport with other guides in the area. Sightings were never shared and there was seamless cooperation - which didn't involve the guests - at interesting spots. Walking with the meerkats was a bucket list item, and can be done no where else. Guides worked very hard, and listened to our interests.

Camp staff was wonderful - managers here are great. Food was very good as well.

This camp should be selectively booked - people (Americans) only interested in seeing lots and lots of animals should perhaps not come here. This is about the culture of the people and seeing some unique species in a very beautiful landscape, not about quantity - at least not in June.

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Bertie
Arrived on: 14-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Disappointing

This camp was so disappointing. We knew it was going to be 'rustic' but the tents were quite tatty with the zips broken along the bottom. This made securing the tent against creepy crawlies and snakes quite tricky.

Rather than a safari experience this felt much more like a tourist trip. Not much flexibility in itinerary. We were told each day what were doing rather than ask what we wanted to do. We were reeled round the tourist sights; meerkats, brown hyena, bushmen, Chapmans tree. The result was that each drive felt like we were on a mission to get to the next destination.

The camp was cold at night, we asked for fleeces to put over our knees during dinner but this was declined. The forgot to put hot water bottles in our beds the first night. The lodge was not busy when we were there (4 guests) so there was really no excuse.

Our overall impression was that the staff, although very nice indeed, were just doing their job. There seemed to be no passion. This has to come from the top, the owners of the concession. I would avoid any other concession owned by these people. We came away disappointed.

On a more positive note, our first sundowner was set up in advance by the staff. A full bar set up by a water hole complete with fire. This was truly amazing. If only they had kept up that level of service, this camp could be fantastic.

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Darius from Paris
Arrived on: 8-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kalahari review

It's enclosed and thus is rather limited in terms of contact with animals. The food is great (best we had in Botswana), people are very helpfull.

It lacks the 'safari view' and makes Jack's Camp all the more desirable.

The horses stabled there are under used and could use more of a promotion. The cost seems expensive (it's an add-on) but it is on a subcontract with an outside firm.

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Mr G - Tennessee
Arrived on: 14-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A Pleasant Surprise

We expected CK to be a bit downmarket and were pleasantly surprised. Contrary to all information, the tents do have lights and a fan. Service was outstanding and the food the best we experienced in any of the camps.

We had an excellent guide whose knowledge compensated for a lack of wildlife -- the sparsest of any of the camps by far, although we did enjoy the meerkats. The setting -- especially during the numerous storms we experienced -- is breathtaking.

This could have been a bit of a letdown as our last camp but the service we received made it a winner.

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Mrs & Mr A - Western Australia
Arrived on: 20-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kalahari review

One of the many highlights of our trip.

Camp Kalahari is basic but very nice. The tented rooms are large and comfortable. The camp staff were great and made sure you were very well looked after.

The food was excellent and beautifully presented.

Our guide Jonah was excellent, I think he enjoyed taking on the game drives nearly more than we did.

We were lucky to see the very private Brown Hyena and the absolute highlight was spending time with the Meerkats on two occasions.

We had a great excursion with the Bushmen which was a lot of fun and very informative.

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