Kiri Camp: Our full report
Opened in July 2020, Kiri Camp is located in the private, community-run concession (NG32) in the south-east ...... of Botswana's Okavango Delta. The camp is be tucked away under a canopy of large Jackalberry and ebony trees with views over the Kiri channel. The area surrounding Kiri is known for its lion and buffalo interactions and its healthy population of rare wild dogs.
Kiri Camp is situated in the large NG32 concession of the Delta, which has been subdivided into three zones (1, 2 and 3), each operated exclusively by a separate safari company. Kiri Camp is situated in the south of Zone 3 on the Kiri River system, between the Boro River and the Kiri River, about 20km’s south west of Chiefs Island. The camp is privately run by a new generation of sustainable safari operators, under the same ownership as Machaba Camp, Little Machaba and Gomoti Plains Camp.
Kiri Camp comprises just 8 luxury double tents and 2 luxury family tents, raised on solid wooden decks overlooking the expansive Kiri floodplains. The tents are spacious, with sizeable ensuite bathrooms under the stars. Kiri have 220V plug points in all the tents which can be used to charge batteries and sleep apnea machines. However they aren't suitable for hairdryers and electric shavers. The tents are be linked to the central guest lounge and dining areas, as well as the swimming pool, by natural pathways through the bush – with a firm focus on making minimal impact on the environment.
Kiri Camp offers a combination of both game drives and water activities. Based on a private concession, these activities take guests to some of the more remote areas in the delta. Activities on offer at Kiri will include, morning and evening game drives, walking (guide dependant), mokoros (water dependent), motorised boats (water dependent), fishing and after dinner night game drives. As Kiri Camp is in a private concession, off road and night driving are allowed, as are armed nature walks through the surrounding islands with knowledgeable guides.
More information will added to this section once one of our team members has visited the camp.
We have high expectations of Kiri Camp. We have always been impressed with the quality of Kiri's sister camps, from the food to the service and the comfort of the rooms. Like its sister camps it will be a modern classic camp, well designed, comfortable and relaxed – and very well-priced for what it offers. Being in a private concession, the game-viewing experience will also be relatively exclusive, making for a winning combination.
Country manager: Botswana
- Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
- Ideal length of stay
- 3 to 4 nights
- It's roughly 15 minutes by light aircraft from Maun (60 minutes from Kasane) to the airstrip, followed by a 10-minute game drive to camp.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board
- Food quality
- Having enjoyed the food at Kiri's sister camps in the past we would expect the food at Kiri to be excellent. With advance notice, the camp will be able to cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements. They will also be able to prepare special meals for children, on request.
- Attitude towards children
- Children of all ages are welcome. A private vehicle is required for children under 6 participating in game activities. No babysitting facilities available.
- Property’s age restrictions
- All ages
- Special activities & services
- As the camp wants to get to know both parents and children before arranging activities, these can be organized on arrival.
- There will be two spacious family tents at Kiri.
- Generally recommended for children
- We would recommend Kiri for more mature children, who are genuinely interested in wildlife.
- Kiri will be unfenced, and dangerous wildlife, including lion and leopard, can wander through the camp at any time. There is no fence around the pool. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Power supply notes
- There is a back-up generator, and the camp has 24-hour electricity, with charging stations in each tent.
- There is no WiFi in the tents or main areas, limited WiFi can be accessed near the office.
- TV & radio
- There is no television or radio at Kiri.
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- All the tents have plumbed hot and cold running water for showers, and flushing toilets.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- Management and guides will be first-aid trained. Medical evacuation is available in case of emergencies. However, please note that it is only possible to fly out of camp during daylight hours as the bush airstrips do not have any lighting at night. The nearest doctor is in Maun and there are hospitals in Maun and Johannesburg.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- Guests will be escorted to their tents after dark as dangerous wildlife will be able to wander through the camp. 'Fog horns' are provided in the tents to summon help in case of emergency.
- Fire safety
- Each tented room will have a fire extinguisher.
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- A laundry service will be included (including smalls). Laundry is collected in the morning and usually returned the same day, weather permitting. Washing powder is provided in the tented rooms for guests to wash their smalls if they wish.
- No exchange facilities will be offered at Kiri. Each tent will have a small safe which will be able to fit travel documents, cash and wallets.
- Accepted payment on location
- Mastercard and Visa credit cards will be accepted, but Diners and Amex will not. Cash in the form of South African rand, GB sterling, US dollars, euros and Botswana pula will be accepted.
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