In the 1960s, a crocodile hunter named Jack Bousfield crossed the Makgadikgadi and rolled out his sleeping mat under the mokolwane palms of Brown Hyena Island, struck by the empty beauty of the salt pans. This is the remote location where Camp Kalahari now stands, evoking intrepid exploration and wonder.
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Set in the surreal landscape of Botswana’s glittering salt pans, Camp Kalahari is a 12-tented desert camp nestled amongst palm and acacia trees.
Located on Brown Hyena Island, on the edge of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park, the camp is under the umbrella of the Natural Selection Group, which provides safaris with character.
One of only three camps set in a one-million-acre private reserve, plus a wide range of adventure activities to choose from, Camp Kalahari is ideal for those looking for a digital detox (there’s no WiFi out here in the bush) and a unique Botswana safari experience.
Here, you’ll be able to spot wildlife such as bat-eared foxes, aardvarks, aardwolf, cheetahs, lions, zebras, wildebeests (the annual migration of zebra and wildebeests takes place around this region between January and April), elephants (known to drink at the camp’s swimming pool), as well as the island’s namesake, the brown hyenas (one of the rarest large carnivores on the continent).
Embark on game drives in custom 4x4 vehicles and quad bikes across the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, explore the wild on horseback, take bush walks with the Zu’/hoasi bushmen and meet the camp’s most adorable residents, the “Kalahari Cool Cats.” This habituated meerkat group loves using camp guests as lookout points!
Camp Kalahari is comprised of 12 Meru-style tents, each fitted with en-suite bathrooms and indoor showers (some rooms have outdoor showers, and there’s hot and cold water available throughout the day).
These are divided into 6 twin, 4 double and 2 family tents. Common areas include living and dining areas, a central library and a thatched swimming pool. All rooms are decked out with local textiles, Moroccan kilims and four-poster beds.
Facilities include a common area, a library, a swimming pool, and safari and adventure activities.
A stay at Camp Kalahari is full board, with simple and hearty meals served up family-style at a long table in the camp’s dining area, the perfect place to recount your day’s adventures with your fellow guests.
Along with a lack of WiFi, Camp Kalahari aims to reduce electricity use in general. There are electric lights in the rooms, but after sundown, the majority of the camp is lit up with paraffin lanterns (if you want to charge your camera batteries, they can be charged in the safari vehicles, as required).
Natural Selection supports the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans Conservation Initiative, which aims to improve conditions for mammal migration in the region using sustainable economic incentives for wildlife-friendly land.
If you’re interested in making a donation to a local project, either financially or by packing much-needed supplies or resources, speak to one of our Luxury Travel Consultants about relevant responsible projects and initiatives present in the areas you’re visiting.