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at Wilderness Safaris Kalahari Plains Camp

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... 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...
What a way to experience the Kalahari Desert and this camp..Safari drives are wonderful and the lodge offers all the comforts of home with a swimming pool. There is even the offer to sleep out under the stars on the upper level of the bungalows. Not to be missed - 1 million stars
... no TV, no private sauna. Perfect for getting away from it all and cutting the cord. Very comfortable but not extravagant. There is a small pool which no one used as it was in the 40's to 50 degrees F. However if you go in the southern summer you will enjoy the pool, as it can get over...

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azbuceadora wrote a review Jun 2019
Tucson, Arizona12,649 contributions134 helpful votes
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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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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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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RobandE2016 wrote a review Sep 2018
Sunbury, Australia28 contributions11 helpful votes
What a way to experience the Kalahari Desert and this camp..Safari drives are wonderful and the lodge offers all the comforts of home with a swimming pool. There is even the offer to sleep out under the stars on the upper level of the bungalows. Not to be missed - 1 million stars
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 7 Sep 2018
Dear RobandE2016, Thank you for your amazing review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed you stay with us as well as your night spent under the stars. Kalahari Plains 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. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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pvankuran wrote a review May 2017
Palo Alto, California8 contributions2 helpful votes
I traveled to Kalahari Plains tent Camp this past April with a group organized by Geographic Expeditions. April is an ideal time to visit as the rains have "mostly" finished and the Kalahari Plain is green and lush. The camp itself is very comfortable with large "tents" ensuite bath, and most interestingly an outdoor sleeping porch, above the "tent". I put tent in quotes since the structure is clearly permanent and well put together; but still a fabric wall. Unfortunately it was raining and cold when we arrived so I couldn't take advantage of the outdoor facility. The staff were outstanding, always there with a genuine smile. The game and bird viewing was fantastic. we found the famous black maned lions (three on an oryx kill), plus a wide assortment of antelopes (oryx, springbok, impala, steenbok) plus giraffe, elephant, warthogs, black backed jackals, bat eared fox, and zebra. we saw a lot of birds including the pale chanting goshawk, lilacbreasted roller, secretary bird, Khoran, kori bustard among others. The service and food was great, including an out in the field brunch one day. The camp operator (Wilderness Safaris) calls this a Classic Camp which is their mid-level. There is no A/C, no internet, no TV, no private sauna. Perfect for getting away from it all and cutting the cord. Very comfortable but not extravagant. There is a small pool which no one used as it was in the 40's to 50 degrees F. However if you go in the southern summer you will enjoy the pool, as it can get over 100 deg F. Nevertheless, the campfire warmed things up for us. One of our highlights was walking with the bushmen. If you get a chance, do it; they are great entertainers as well as very educational.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 24 May 2017
Dear Pvankuran, Thank you for the wonderful review, we are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us despite the slight and unusual wet and cold conditions. The "Bushman Walk" is a firm favourite - 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 in the immediate camp area. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. Wilderness Safaris
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Lisa J wrote a review Apr 2017
Stuttgart, Germany103 contributions32 helpful votes
Kalahari Plains comes out on the top of my list for location, out of the four camps we visited. It is remote, but the place is comfortable and a very enjoyable stay. Rooms were great, with a rooftop viewing area of the plain (which you could sleep on at night if you chose). The tent was very private and had all the necessary amenities.
Food was very good and plentiful. The common area was large and airy, opening out onto the vast views of the plain. The staff was extremely helpful. There was a small pretty pool and deck area as well. I most loved watching the hundreds of birds playing in the bird bath and the local ground squirrels scurrying about. Would you believe a pride of lions crossed the plain at 0630 one morning, and the guides (bless them) came to fetch us and run us out - half-dressed and uncombed! It was a wonderful moment.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 2 May 2017
Dear Lisa J, Thank you for the amazing review we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and glad to see you were treated to some amazing sightings like that of the lions crossing the plains in front of the camp. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris
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Consultcinda wrote a review Apr 2017
Michigan City, Indiana977 contributions146 helpful votes
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It was an hourlong flight by small plane from Maun. I was expecting a typical desert and was a bit disappointed to find a grassy green landscape. My two favorite things were our drive to Deception Valley where we saw big herds of oryx, ostrich, and springbok and a walk with the resident bushmen into the bush to learn something of the ancient ways. Our tent was comfortable but extremely hot during the available hours of free time. The pool area was peaceful and pleasant for an afternoon nap. It was super buggy which made dinners uncomfortable. Staff were very friendly and fun to talk to. While we enjoyed ourselves here, we hesitate to make an unqualified recommendation. It's important to be aware there is much less game here and the temperatures can be extreme.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kalahari Plains Camp
Responded 13 Apr 2017
Dear Consultcinda, Thank you for your kind review we are glad to see you enjoyed your stay with us even with the unusual green desert. The much needed recent rains transformed the area into an amazing green gem and we hope you will visit us again soon to see for yourself the usual desert surroundings we enjoy throughout the rest of the year. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris
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