Understated and affordable accommodation in Makgadikgadi, Camp Kalahari offers quad biking expeditions, horse riding safaris and is wonderful for families
Adventurous and funky, Camp Kalahari is set amongst the waving palms and acacia trees on Brown Hyaena Island on the edge of Botswana’s hauntingly beautiful Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park. This means that you’re surrounded by dry savannah and the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. The salt-baked, sun-scorched pans are clear of vegetation, quite simply because it can’t grow, but around them are glittering grasslands and profusions of enormous baobabs. It doesn’t get much more dramatic than that.

The laidback little sister of Jack’s and San Camp, Camp Kalahari is in the heart of the great Kalahari. The 12 funky Meru tents are perfect for families, groups and couples, and are an ideal base for discovering the charms of the desert and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, a landscape that’s as surreal as it is sublime, and as mysterious as it is magical.
And if you’re looking for adventure, then look no further! Quad bike adventures, across the otherworldly salt pans, walks with the Zu’/hoasi bushmen to discover the amazing creatures that somehow manage to survive (and thrive) in this harsh environment, and our very own ‘’Kalahari cool cats,’’ the habituated meerkat family who like nothing more than to use unsuspecting guests as lookout points. Come for a day, and you’ll be wowed by the landscape and the people; stay for a few days and you might never want to leave…

Wildlife in the surrounding savannah includes brown hyena*, bat-eared foxes, aardvark and aardwolves scampering across the salt, elephant (the camp swimming pool is a welcome stop!), meerkat and during the green season, spectacular numbers of zebra and wildebeest.
*Brown hyena are bashful yet brilliant at foraging and scavenging, this is the third rarest large carnivore in Africa, and an animal that’s virtually impossible to see elsewhere on the continent.
There is no Wifi or phone signal in camp. Escape from it all!

Camp Kalahari is a return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, and is the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way. 12 spacious Meru tents - 6 twins, 4 doubles and 2 family tents (1 king size bed & 2 single beds); filled with fresh textiles, Moroccan kilims and funky four-poster beds. Shower alfresco in the open-air, ensuite bathrooms (there’s definitely no one around to disturb your privacy here!), and there’s plenty of hot and cold water available throughout the day. If you’re travelling with your family, choose one of the interconnecting family tents; with a bathroom linking the space for children and adults, it’s ideal for families and groups. Camp Kalahari accommodates a maximum of 28 guests in camp
The common areas include a central library and a living and dining area, festooned with an eclectic mix of original African furniture and colonial antiques. Meals are refreshingly simple and wonderfully tasty, and served, family-style, at the long table. There’s also a thatched swimming pool, providing the perfect place for a refreshing dip on a hot afternoon – just watch out for the ellies who might pop in for a quick drink too. Use of electricity is kept to a minimum too; there are electrical lights in the bedrooms, but when night falls, the majority of camp is lit by twinkling paraffin lanterns (but camera batteries and other appliances can be charged in the safari vehicles when required).

Best time to visit:
Camp Kalahari is open all year round.
Dry season: 16 April – 31 October
Green season: 01 November – 15 April
In the desert, rain is everything. When the rain starts to fall, the transformation of the desert around Camp Kalahari is remarkable. From November onwards, the cycle of life is stimulated, and algae blooms, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend. Then comes the rumble of Africa’s second largest ungulate migration; epic herds of 30,000 zebra and wildebeest chased by black-maned lion, cheetah, wild dog and leopard. Dramatic to say the least.
In the dry season (May to October), normal, desert duties are resumed on the Makgadikgadi Pans. A haze settles above the salt, and the sun shimmers on the scorched, dry ground. This is the perfect time of year to experience the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans on quad bikes. Take a radical sabbatical and quad bike across the salt-crusted pans to Kubu Island (2 night expedition at an additional charge. Please enquire with us for more details or have a look at the Quad Bike to Kubu Island Safari here).

Activities at Camp Kalahari - Year Round:
• Meet the habituated meerkats.
• Walks with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen.
• Game drives and night drives.
• Search for the elusive brown hyena.
• Visit the site of Chapman’s Baobab.
• Helicopter flips.*
• Morning and afternoon horse rides.*
*Subject to a surcharge

Activities at Camp Kalahari - Dry Season (April – October):
• Lie out on the pans at sun set and watch the planetarium show unfold.
• Quad biking. (2 guests per quad bike, weather dependent).

Activities at Camp Kalahari - Green Season (November – April):
• Witness the zebra and wildebeest migration, the second largest in Africa.
Why You’ll Love Camp Kalahari:
Camp Kalahari is one of only three camps in a one million-acre private wildlife reserve, with just 12, Meru-style tents set amongst the palms.
There’s a veritable blockbuster of activities to get stuck into, including quad biking, horseback riding, bushman walks and traditional game drives.
Camp Kalahari is great camp for families. It’s unique, fresh, and affordable, children from all ages are welcome, there’s a dedicated family suite and a fence around the camp too.
Watch 50,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate through the area from January to April.
Enjoy lazy siestas in the swimming pool pavilion and, in the dry season, watch the ellies come to drink at the water – a memory you won’t forget in a hurry!

Children 0 - 5 years accommodated free of charge, sharing with adults
Children 6 - 18 years charged 50% of the adult rate per night (sharing with adults)
Children 19 years and over charged full adult rate
Meno a Kwena, Jack’s Camp, San Camp and Camp Kalahari accept children of all ages

Camp Kalahari rates:
Green Season: 10 January - 31 March 2021: $620
Shoulder Season: 01 April - 31 May 2021: $750
High Season: 01 June - 30 June 2021: $850
Peak Season: 01 July - 31 August 2021: $960
High Season: 01 September - 31 October 2021: $850
Shoulder Season: 01 November - 19 December 2021: $750
High Season: 20 December 2021 - 09 January 2022: $850

INCLUSIONS: All prices are per person, per night and include accommodation, all meals, & beverages, guest laundry, daily activities, expert guiding, park entry fees & VAT.
EXCLUSIONS: Premium brand drinks, gratuities, flights and fully comprehensive personal travel insurance is not included in the price.
Camp Kalahari special offers:
Long Stay Special:
Stay at any of Natural Selection camps in Botswana (Jack's Camp, San Camp, Meno a Kwena, Hyena Pan, Sable Alley, Sky Beds, The Jackal & Hide, Tuludi or Mapula) or Namibia for 5 nights or more and receive a 20% discount off published rates. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Terms & conditions apply.
BOTSWANA - Offer is valid for travel between 01 October 2020 - 31 March 2021 & 01 October 2021 - 31 March 2022.
NAMIBIA - Offer is valid for travel between 01 November 2020 - 31 March 2021 & 01 November 2021 - 31 March 2022.