Camp Kalahari

Reviews of Camp Kalahari

Excellent(93%) From 43 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 43 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 & Mrs H from London
Arrived on: 10-May-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great stay at Camp Kalahari

Bart was a very knowledgeable guide and his insight into animal biology and behaviour really enhanced our trip.

He made the trip very enjoyable.

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Ms K. from DC, USA
Arrived on: 6-May-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Kalahari review

Less than thrilled with the Lodge - but the Makgadikgadi area is incredible. Starting with something positive - all of the food was delicious.

After staying at 2 superior lodges in Zimbabwe and Zambia arriving here was an unpleasant surprise. The staff and "schedule" are strict. During our briefing we were Told the schedule for the next 3 days. All 4 of us did not want to do the Bushmen and we had to push hard to have it removed from the schedule. Two of us asked if we could see meerkat the next day and were told "no" even though the meerkat was one of the most influential reasons why they booked at the lodge.

The script for the briefing was less than factual. We were told 1) that we could ask for our laundry to be completed early; and 2) that the beverages were available to us 24/7.

1) Laundry was not returned in the evenings and we had to ask for it the following morning. We then asked if we could have it by dinnertime so we could pack and staff reacted rudely and said it is not possible.

2) Everyone returned from an evening drive to find padlocks on the beverages. Staff seemed put out by having to find the key and open the containers. They allowed each of us to take 1 beverage and then forced us back to our individual tents. We were unable to enjoy the common areas and talk about our excitement at having just seen 4 cheetah and an aardvark.

Last comment about the strict schedule...we were expected to be up for a 6AM breakfast even though our flight was at 11am. We pushed back and were able to "sleep in" and have breakfast at 8am.
After the experiences at previous lodges we felt constantly rushed here. No additional time was given even if you were late because an elephant was blocking the walking path.

My last concern is that I saw one of the trackers/drivers [thankfully, not ours] sneaking wine after lunch. The trackers are undoubtedly very familiar with the area but I'd prefer mine to be driving me around without having consumed.

The environment of the surrounding area and wildlife was amazing. I highly recommend the Makgadikgadi Pans but I cannot recommend this lodge, unfortunately.

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Expert Africa comments

Having spoken with Camp Kalahari, they've identified that communication by the team could definitely have been better. They have apologised that it wasn't as good as it should have been and is something they'll be working on with the team going forward. They also acknowledged that their activities are indeed more 'scheduled' as they rotate activities between the three sister camps in that area and try not to overlap to avoid crowding. They also have a very strict policy with regards to drinking and the guide in question as been identified. Following an investigation and disciplinary hearing they have advised that the guide is will not be extending his employment with them. They appreciate and thanked these travellers for their feedback.

Mrs Y. from Lisserbroek
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Sleeping under the stars at Camp Kalahari

At Camp Kalahari the staff was again very friendly like at other places we travelled. Be aware it can be really hot, our max was 47 degrees C. At night it cools of. We were there beginning of November so almost the rain season so the heat was building up. Last night we did have lots of wind ending in a sand storm during the game drive.

We mentioned that we preferred a double bed and although it cannot be guaranteed (which we understand) we were surprised to get at tent appointed while the camp was not full with two beds and next to a building area as some weeks before another tent was destroyed because of a sandstorm. This is not really a good guest experience/feeling. That first evening we stayed in the dessert. When arriving back the next morning I asked if we could change from tent due to the fact there was only one other couple in camp so there were more tents with double beds (and it was our anniversary) plus I don't want to be in a surrounding seeing the place where a tent was destroyed (last I did not mentioned). It was no problem at all to change tents so the staff solved it very well, but I would not have done this in the first place.

In the final tent appointed our fan was broken, first they came to fix it provisionally with the promises they will fix it once we were on game drive. They never did. I would suggest just take the whole fan out directly, put another in (there were no guests in camp besides us and another couple) and fix it somewhere else.

The swimming pool could not be used due to the elephants that came in camp the whole day and made one mess and dirt pool of it. Too bad and disappointed guests esp as it was so hot during the 3 days we were there where between the activities you have lots of time to relax.

A special memory is the meet & great with the San people. They really taught us what is important to survive and more about their habits and culture.

Last but not least the Meerkat encounter was nice.

What we experienced as maybe too much is the games during the quads drive. It is good to explain that your mind can play tricks on you once blindfolded but not the whole group has to do it. We are on safari and not on a teambuilding event. Two or three persons to show what is happening once you lost eye sight or your coordination is enough to get the message.

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Expert Africa comments

The owners of Camp Kalahari would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by allocating the incorrect room to these travellers, the fan not working and also the location of the room. They have raised all these point with the relevant team members involved in these processes and hope to have the issues resolved for future travellers.

The elephants can definitely cause a bit of chaos for the Camp - they are very sorry that the pool was not in swimming condition due to their visit. The camp has been trying various ways to deter elephants and are currently putting in a system of palm logs around the pool to hopefully keep the elephants at bay, with the long-term plan of installing a new electrical fence around the camp.

Wendy from Melbourne
Arrived on: 13-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kalahari review

We arrived here at about 4pm, dropped our bags in our room, got into the 4WDs and then were told that we were going for a quad bike ride. Very rushed.

When we got to the bikes, we had minimal briefing on them before we set off without helmets. This was quite frightening for me. Firstly, I know that there are many accidents involving quad bikes in Australia and am wary of them as a mode of transport. The rods we went on were very rutted and I was actually quite scared during the riding. There seemed to be a pressure to continue with the activity and I felt very inadequately prepared. By the time it got dark, as a passenger I just closed my eyes but I was still far from relaxed.

The surprise dinner on the Pan and the sleeping out, was indeed a surprise. By the time we got back to our room the next morning, we had not showered for well over 24 hours. All in all, a good experience, but could be improved.

The next morning, there was no water in the Camp apparently due to human error.

The meercat experience, which I had been sceptical about, was fantastic.

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Mr H from Germany
Arrived on: 1-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Kalahari review

We visited Camp Kalahari, Tau Pan Camp, Sable Alley, Chief´s Camp within 9 days during raining season. The trip as a whole was great and most impressive. Our Group consist of 3 men and 3 women from 56 to 80 years old. The air transport was excellent and even so the Chance to store additional luggage in Maun.

The sequence of different locations was a symbol for rising attraction, comfort, number and variety of animals. In Camp Kalahari we met a family of native bushmen (about 25 people, young and old) who introduced us for more than 2 hours into their way of life. Now we can make fire without matches and lighters, we can hunt with bow and arrow, we will find plants with water in their roots and so on. It was a fundamental experience and we are still deeply impressed.

Then we saw many Lions with their cubs, we saw many Leopards, Cheetahs and impressive big Elephants not only at the horizon but often in almost touching distance,

We will never forget excellent Food and Red wine and last but not least we remember the friendliness of all people. Before landing at home we started already collecting money for our next visit in Botswana.

Thanks a lot, it was a great time.

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Mr K & Ms S from Roswell
Arrived on: 15-Oct-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Rooms:
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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 from 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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