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Kiri Camp
Kiri Camp

Kiri Camp: Our full report

Opened on 1 June 2022, Kiri Camp is one of Botswana’s newest camps.

Set out under a canopy of Jackalberry and ebony trees, on the banks of the Kiri Channel, each of the 10 contemporary style tented rooms has views over the Kiri flood plains. The camp’s location in the south-east Okavango Delta allows guests a range of activities including walks, water activities and game drives.

Kiri Camp is situated on an island within a large, community run concession in the Okavango Delta’s southeast. Surrounded by untouched wilderness in an area for their own exclusive use, about 20km south west of Chief’s Island, Kiri Camp overlooks the Kiri River and flood plains.

Our safari experts are yet to visit Kiri Camp, but we know the sister camps well and are happy to recommend it on that basis. 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.

The well thought out tented rooms combine contemporary design with neutral safari shades, wood, canvas and reeds so as to blend into the surroundings without compromising on comfort. Set under a canopy of Jackalberry and ebony trees are 8 standard tents and 2 family tents. All are built on raised decks with views over the expansive flood plains and offer twin or double beds, plug points and cooling ceiling fans. Private shaded verandas with comfortable seating make for a nice spot to enjoy wildlife watching between activities and spacious en-suite bathrooms are partially open to allow for showering under a clear sky. The family tents are made up of two rooms, each with a private en suite bathroom, joined by a communal sitting area.

The tents are be linked to the central guest lounge and dining areas, as well as the swimming pool, by natural sandy pathways through the bush. Kiri Camp has a firm focus on making minimal impact on the environment.

Kiri Camp offers a combination of both land and water activities, though the latter is dependent on water levels during the drier months of about September to April. The flood plains are home to a wide variety of animals, sought out on day and night game drives. Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions take place on shallow lagoons whilst boat trips and catch-and-release fishing happen on the Kiri River. A guided walking safari on nearby islands is also highly recommended and massages are available when relaxing between activities.


Our view

We have high expectations of Kiri Camp. We have always been impressed with the quality of Kiri's sister camps, from the food and service to the comfort of the rooms. Like its sister camps, Kiri will be a modern, classic camp, well designed, comfortable and relaxed – and relatively well-priced for what it offers. Being in a private concession, the game-viewing experience will also be fairly exclusive, making for a winning combination.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Country manager: Botswana

Geographics

Location
Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
Ideal length of stay
3 to 4 nights
Directions
It's roughly 15 minutes by light aircraft from Maun (70 minutes from Kasane) to the airstrip, followed by a 10-minute game drive to camp.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

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 of a high standard. 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.
Dining style
Mixture of group dining and individual tables
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info, including room service
Room service is not available at Kiri Camp.
Drinks included
All drinks stocked in camp (bottled water, soft drinks, local beers, spirits and a limited selection of generally South African wines) are included. Champagne and premium or imported wines and spirits cost extra and must be requested in advance.

Guests are given a special water bottle on arrival, which they are encouraged to top up from the filtered supply in the camp's main area. Each tent is also provided with glasses and a flask of drinking water that is replenished daily.

Children

Attitude towards children
Kiri Camp accepts children of all ages.
Property’s age restrictions
A private vehicle is required for children under 6 participating in game activities. Children under 12 are not able to participate in mokoro excursions or walking safaris.
Equipment
There are two spacious family tents at Kiri Camp, each accommodating up to four people.
Generally recommended for children
We would recommend Kiri Camp for more mature children, who are genuinely interested in wildlife and happy to spend time on game drives.
Notes
Kiri is 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.

Communications

Power supply notes
There is a back-up generator, and the camp has 24-hour electricity, with plug points in each tent.

Hairdryers and electric shavers are not provided and cannot be used in the tents as they can create a power surge that overloads the system.
Communications
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 Camp.
Water supply
Other
Water supply notes
All the tents have plumbed hot and cold running water for showers, and flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
Management and guides are first-aid trained. Medical evacuation is available in case of emergencies. 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 can and do wander through the camp. 'Fog horns' are provided in the tents to summon help in case of emergency.
Fire safety
Each tented room and the main areas are fitted with fire extinguishers.

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
A laundry service is included, and all clothing items can be washed. 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 or delicate materials if they wish.
Money
No exchange facilities will be offered at Kiri Camp. Each tent has a small safe which can fit travel documents, cash and wallets.
Accepted payment on location
Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted, but Diners and Amex are not. Cash in the form of South African rand, GB sterling, US dollars, euros and Botswana pula will be accepted.

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