I booked three Wilderness Safaris camps for a March visit, knowing it was off-season. The tented camps my travel agent selected were a step down from camps I’d stayed at in South Africa, but all three were very comfortable and more luxe than I had anticipated. She originally had me at KPC for just two nights, as she explained the game viewing is not stellar that time of year, but I’m so glad I booked a third night there anyway. It was still a thrilling experience, made extra enjoyable by the staff at KPC.
Our truck from the air strip was greeted by staff at the lodge singing a welcome song. Managers Dinny and Wax seemed really on top of things, and requests were handled politely and efficiently.
The “tent” was much nicer than I expected–I was imagining an actual tent pitched on the ground. The walls were a heavy canvas, with zip-down screened windows, wood flooring, a shaded porch with a view of the plains, and an upstairs sleeping platform. There was no a/c, as expected, and the room was stuffy during the day. The small pool in the main lodge was perfect for cooling off between game drives. The bed was nicely made with good pillows, and the bathroom well-supplied with plush towels, robe, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.
There is no plastic used anywhere. All amenities are in glass bottles; even the canteen supplied for game drives is glass. The lodge is completely solar–ahh, no generator noise! I was surprised to find that they have wi-fi available now.
The sleeping platform was a highlight of my three nights. The pallet was very comfortable and there were a lantern, water, and mosquito spray (I only heard one mosquito all three nights). The sky was clear and there were so many constellations and shooting stars. Animal noises provided a lullaby–including lions roaring near by! It got quite chilly at night.
The food was really good, and varied enough for nearly any dietary preference. WS has an odd ritual of having each night’s chef recite the menu, then turning it over to the wine steward to recite the wine pairings.
My guide for the four days was Tsholo. We had numerous good sightings of elephant, lion, fox, giraffe, four species of antelope, Red Hartebeest, African wild cat, jackal, ostrich, and a spectacular leopard kill from tracking to eating its prey. Tsholo was very patient answering questions and explaining how each plant and animal fit into the whole ecosystem. He was also very considerate of photographers and positioned us for the best light and view.
One of the advantages of having a third night was that the others on my truck left after just two nights, and I had Tsholo to myself for a day and a half. Like me, he enjoys the small animals and plants, so he made a point of showing me lots of birds, insects, reptiles, and unusual plants.
On my last morning the staff packed me a filling box lunch and Tsholo made a game drive of the trip back to the airstrip. This sort of attention to a guest’s enjoyment and comfort is what really makes KPC special.
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Response from Wilderness_Safaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kalahari Plains Camp
Responded 11 Jun 2019
Dear azbuceadora, Thank you for the amazing review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your one on one time with Tsholo and the desert is a special place to take your time and enjoy the small intricacies such as insects and plants. At Wilderness Safaris we are committed to minimizing our waste, while the reduction of plastic is our main focus - with recycling a last resort - we also pay attention to food waste. If you would like to take a look at all of our initiatives you can go through to the Wilderness Safaris website. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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