Lovely rustic lodge situated within the Makgadikgadi salt pans
2017 $528 - $720
Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp
Price Range (2017)
$528 - $720
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This is a rustic bush camp set on the edge of the mighty Makgadigadi Salt Pans. The camp itself is quite simple but very well adorned and recently refurbished with simple meru tents and thatched lounge dining area, hence the 3 stars we give it. However, its star attraction is the Makgadigadi itself and there are very few economical lodges in the area.
A good array of daily activities including quad biking and a experiences with habituated packs of meerkats makes this unusual destination a must. Based out of Camp Kalahari it is also possible to undertake a fantastic horse safari on the pans.
If however, you just want to experience the majestic Makgadigadi with the best combination of comfort and reasonable pricing, then Camp Kalahari is as good as its gets.
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Dry camp. Day and Night drives. Bushman walks, meerkat experiences. Quadbiking
Private concession bordering the Makgadikgadi National Park
By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle transfer to camp
Rustic style lodge with 10 fully en-suite tents
Children of all ages accepted with conditions
Up to 8 Years: A private vehicle needs to be booked
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A safari to Camp Kalahari is also a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck.
Guests are also virtually guaranteed of seeing the rare and elusive brown hyaena and are able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but wild meerkats!
As the sun rises, these pixie-faced creatures emerge from their burrows and join you, sunning themselves with paws behind their backs, completely indifferent to your presence. A baby might sit on someone's toe or a sentinel hop onto your head!
As they all scurry off to forage, you follow. The meerkats dig up scorpions and pounce on beetles while your Guide maintains a running commentary on their social habits and survival strategies.
Get dressed up in dark glasses and Lawrence of Arabia headgear and race out on to the pan. Fat tyres skim over the surfaces where heavier vehicles would sink. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pans immensity. There is nothing out here. Absolutely nothing.
The Guides at Camp Kalahari team up with a small group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen to guide our Guests on a morning’s walk, offering a window into the past, The Bushmen teach us how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills.
Standard day and night drives into the area are also the norm at the lodge.
n a area, nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Hyaena Island, on the edge of an ancient super lake and adjacent to the Makgadikgadi National Park, Uncharted Africa Safari co. set up another truly original camp – Camp Kalahari.
Camp Kalahari 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.
It is the ideal camp for those who want fun, comfort, style and adventure. Camp Kalahari accepts children of all ages and makes for a fantastic family safari destination.
The lodge stands as a very rustic looking structure and with two basic sections constructed of concrete flooring and timbers holding up the thatched roof.
A thatched central library, living and dining area featuring an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles paired with traditional campaign style pieces and colonial antiques provide the perfect area in which to relax and enjoy the serenity of this enchanting area.
Outside and a short walk away is a small decked plunge pool which is a welcome relief from the days heat.
Bush paths take you to you to your accommodation. Camp Kalahari has 10 spacious Meru tents. 6 Twin tents, 3 Double tents and 1 Family tent: 2 adjacent tents, accommodating 2 Guests in each with an inter-leading bathroom.
Each tent is simply furnished with a shelf unit, a table and a blanket box that sits in front of a metal bed. All Guest tents have en-suite covered bathrooms, hot and cold running water and flush loos along with four poster beds, crunchy cotton sheets, rich textiles, Moroccan kilims and hot water bottles in winter.
This camp is also used as the base for the fantastic Horse Safaris with Ride Botswana. Please click here for further information.
There are two distinctly different seasons in the Makgadikgadi: The dry season, lasting from April to October and the wet season, lasting from November to March. When the rains arrive at the beginning of the wet season, the landscape is transformed.
Water gathers on the Salt Pans. Algae bloom, crustaceans breed, and clouds of flamingo descend to feed on them.
Then herds of zebra and wildebeest materialise, drawn by the lush grass, and for several months, the desert is teeming with game and predators.
Guests visiting Camp Kalahari during the wet season can witness the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa. Most people associate the migration with East Africa and don’t know about this, the second largest migration of African ungulates, with an estimated 30,000 animals, the majority being zebra, participating each year.
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