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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

Endless skies, ancient cultures, abundant summers, insightful winters

Kalahari Plains Camp is set in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Located in the Kalahari Desert biome in the central part of Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. Its star attractions include the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world's best cheetah viewing.
Kalahari Plains Camp is perfectly situated overlooking an immense pan with endless horizons and beautiful skies. It comprises eight en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each from which to enjoy moonlit or star-studded nights. The main area consists of a lounge and dining area with a swimming pool and deck. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in the camp and insulated canvas walls and roof keep temperatures inside the units comfortable.

Highlights

  • Fascinating cultural experiences allow for an authentic insight into the ancient Bushman clans of the area
  • Diverse game includes carnivores, wildebeest, red hartebeest and springbok as well honey badger and mongoose
  • Combine with the Delta for a comprehensive Botswana experience

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Kalahari Plains

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Details 11 Jan 2017 to 31 Mar 2017 1 Apr  2017 to 31 May 2017 1 Jun  2017 to 31 Oct 2017
Per Person  US$  935 US$  935 US$  650
Single supplement US$  265 US$   265 US$   240
Details 1 Nov 2017 to 19 Dec 2017 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018
Per Person US$   935 US$   935
Single Supplement US$   265 US$   265

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '17 - 31 Mar '17 01 Apr '17- 31 May '17 and
01 Nov '17- 10 Jan  '18
01 Jun '17 - 31 Oct '17
Classic & Premier camps US$ 165 US$ 175 US$ 185

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

Details 20 Dec 2017 to 10 Jan 2018 11 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2018 1 Apr 2018 to 31 May 2018
Per Person  US$   935 US$   965 US$  965
Single supplement US$   265 US$   275 US$  275
Details 1 Jun 2018 to 31 Oct 2018 1 Nov 2018 to 19 Dec 2018 20 Dec 2018 to 10 Jan 2019
Per Person US$  670 US$  965 US$  965
Single Supplement US$  205 US$  290 US$  290

Guide and Pilot Accommodation

Seasond 11 Jan '18- 31 Mar '18 01 Apr '18 - 31 May '18  
 
 
Classic & Premier camps US$170 US$ 185  

1. The pilot / guide rate includes accommodation, all meals, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.

2. In some cases, the pilot / guide rate does not guarantee the occupant automatic participation in guest activities. In addition, the nightly rates for pilot / guide accommodation are priced per person per bed and not per room.

3. Note that the pilot / guide accommodation available at most of our camps is not of the same standard as guest rooms and usually comprises of twin rooms which may be on a shared basis
with other pilot / guides. For guaranteed single room use, minimum 2 must be charged i.e. US$160 x 2 per night.

These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.

Rates are subject to currency fluctuations and Wilderness Safaris reserves the right to amend rates, accordingly.

Rates inclusive of 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to Availability
  15 Jun 2016 to 14 Jun 2017
Per Person Sharing R3 455.00
Single Supplement R1 210.00

It is a condition of travel with Wilderness Safaris that guests have travel insurance. Should they not have insurance cover, they will be personally responsible for any costs incurred as a result of a medical emergency or evacuation, as well as any other insurance claim situation such as loss of luggage.

Terms and Conditions

The below terms and conditions are in addition to the normal Wilderness Safaris terms and conditions.

Seasons:

Unless otherwise indicated, one rate applies for both low and high seasons, but please note that high season is only bookable 1 month prior to travel.

  • Low Season: 1 June 2016 - 31 October 2016
  • High Season: 1 November 2016 - 31 May 2017

Inclusions and Exclusions:

Accommodation on a full board basis including twice daily scheduled camp activities, local drinks, laundry, park fees.

Flights, gratuities and items of a personal nature are excluded in all regions.

Child rate which is 50% of the adult rate, applies only when children (aged 6 - 16) share with 2 adults in a family unit.

Guide accommodation , at all camps is ZAR1,245.00 per night in sharing guide accommodation. Includes meals. Activities are excluded and only guaranteed when booking private activities. Standard terms and conditions apply - please refer to the General Information manual for details.

Private Vehicle: ZAR3,560.00 per day, max 7 guests.

Validity:

  • Valid for all SADC residents living in the SADC countries at time of booking and travel, and for a minimum of 6 months per year.
  • Not valid for SADC passport holders/citizens living abroad. We reserve the right to request proof of residency upon booking and/or check in.
  • SADC Resident countries: Angola · Botswana · Democratic Republic of the Congo · Lesotho · Madagascar · Malawi · Mauritius · Mozambique · Namibia · South Africa · Swaziland · Tanzania · Zambia ·
  • Zimbabwe (Kenya is included for the purposes of this special)

Game Drives

Twice daily game drives or full-day excursions take place in open 4x4 vehicles and directed towards the seasonal movements of the wildlife. As we are in a National Park, we adhere to the regulations of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks restricting off-road driving and night driving

Bushman Walk

An interpretive, guided "Bushman Walk" led by camp staff members who hail from the San Bushman clans of the area provides insights into their traditional lifestyles through dress, activities and a short walk (800 metres) in the immediate camp area.

Star bed

Sleep out under the starry starry skies of the Kalahari and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa on the roof of your unit.

Star gazing

The Kalahari is famous for its clear night skies, and with no light pollution it is the ideal spot from which to view the incredible formations of the stars and planets. Our guides are also known to dabble with astronomy and will take you on a tour through the constellations.

Service Rate Notes
Private activities at Classic camps 11 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2017  US$ 645 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests ***
Private activities at Classic camps 11 Jan 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 US$ 665 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests ***
Private activities at Classic camps 11 Jan 2018 - 10 Jan  2019 US$ 685 Per party per day, maximum 6 guests ***

 Notes

1. The private activity service includes all the standard activities in that camp, be it guided walks, game drives, boating, mekoro, etc.

2. The private activity service commences with the afternoon activity on the day of arrival and ends with the morning activity on the day of departure.

Classic Camp

Our fully inclusive rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to vast tracts of Africa’s best wildlife areas, creating a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of all these areas.

Notes

1. Where no rates are shown, our camps are not in operation over this period.
2. Accommodation rates are on a per person per night sharing basis, and single supplement rates are per person per night.
3. Rate includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, laundry and all local drinks - excludes premium imported brands and champagne.
4. Access to / from the camps is excluded from the above nightly rates. Please contact your Journey Specialist for further details.

 WILDERNESS SAFARIS CHILD POLICY

      Off-peak Season Rate Peak Season Rate
Age Categoty Rules 11 January to 31 May  
&
01 November  to
19 December '
11 January to 31 May '
&
01 November to
19 December  
0 - 2 years Infant Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use of camp is
booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
 
FOC FOC
3 - 16
years
Child Discounted child rates only apply to children sharing with adults - in
family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room.
3 – 5 years: Must be at camps that accept children of all ages, OR if sole use
of camp is booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
6 – 12 years: Private vehicle must be booked at Classic and Premier Camps.
 
13 – 16 years: No private vehicle needed at any camp.
65% off adult rate 35% off adult rate
17 years &
older
Adult Any room type. Full adult rate Full adult rate

Notes

1. Off-peak Season - 11 January to 31 May and 01 November to 19 December, 65% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is peak season and 35% discount applies.

2. Peak Season - 01 June to 31 October and 20 December to 10 January, 35% discount extended with the exception of Kalahari Plains where this is off-peak season and 65% discount applies.

3. The discounted child rate is only applicable to bookings in family rooms or standard twin rooms in camps that have a family room (should the family room not be available for your particular booking). Child rates do not apply at those camps that do not have family rooms, with the exception of Abu where the child rate may be extended to a triple booking.

4. Children under the age of 17 years are required to share accommodation with at least one adult at all times.

5. Child rates apply only when children aged 16 years or under are sharing with full paying adult/s and must be calculated accordingly i.e. 2 adults and 2 children in a family, charge 2 x adult sharing rate plus 2 x the applicable child rate.

6. In addition, at our Classic and Premier camps, parties with children 12 years and younger are required to book and pay for private activities unless the camp is booked as exclusive use or they have filled a vehicle (6 guests). A family booking will depend on availability of the private vehicle/activities at the selected camp for the period requested.

7. Child participation in activities will vary depending on the camp and the activity.

8. Triple share accommodation is on a request basis and only allowed for children 16 years and under sharing with adults - not for three adults sharing. Guests must accept that there is usually an impact on space and comfort in the case of triple share accommodation. Please contact your Journey Specialist for assistance and pricing.

 

Healthy wildlife populations are present in the area all year round, but with the advent of the summer rains, the desert comes to life. A plethora of plains game such as springbok and gemsbok converge in their hundreds to graze, followed by lion, one of the highest concentrations of cheetah in southern Africa and leopard. In winter, the Kalahari is a typical desert. General game is still easily seen, from the carnivores to wildebeest, red hartebeest and steenbok as well as small predators like black-backed jackal, Cape fox, honey badger and myriad mongoose species. Some 220 bird species have been recorded.

ABOUT THE LODGE

  • First time to Africa

    First time to Africa

    Hop on a 4x4 vehicle and search out the legendary black-maned lion or the cheetah in the area. Immerse yourself in the culture of the San Bushman people with an interpretive “Bushman walk.” Spend a romantic night sleeping out on your roof, under the star-studded African skies.
  • Travelled To Africa

    Travelled To Africa

    Venture further afield to the deceiving mirage of the pan and diverse wildlife at Deception Valley. Watch the teeming antelope grazing, perhaps shadowed by a hungry cheetah or even a leopard. Watch out for the smaller, yet fascinating creatures of the Central Kalahari.
  • Seasoned Traveller

    Seasoned Traveller

    Take in the visitors at the pan in front of camp, from herds of gemsbok to journeys of giraffe. Watch the fascinating courtship display of the kori bustard. Gaze up at the incredible night sky and let your guide fascinate you with his astro-knowledge.
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