Take a walk on the wild side…

Kalahari Plains Camp is delighted to announce that Wildlife Walks are now offered as an optional morning activity. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is an ideal place to experience the excitement and ‘back to nature’ experience of walking in the wild. Guides safely take guests out onto the plains, onto the dune scarp and to a couple of large pans – a wonderful expanse of scenery and habitats offering the chance of seeing as much game as possible. Bird life in the area is known to be superb, and the unobtrusive, discreet nature of these walks heightens the odds of seeing more species. 
 
Conditions:

· Walking is dependent on a qualified walking guide being in camp and for this reason cannot be confirmed.

· As per Wilderness Adventures’ terms, walking cannot be pre-booked or guaranteed as a private activity.

· A maximum of six guests allowed at any time on a walking activity. 

· Minimum age is 13. There is no maximum age; however participation depends on fitness and ability to cope with the heat. The guide conducting the walk will decide as to whether guests may or may not join the walk.

· The guide is professional, qualified and armed.

· Walks are done within a 3km radius of camp (as per the walking licence).

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Banoka Bush Camp Now Open

The much-anticipated opening of Banoka Bush Camp took place on 20th September, and was met with very positive feedback from guests that have already paid a visit. The site for Banoka is situated on the banks of the Khwai River, which forms a natural border between the Khwai wildlife reserve to the north and Moremi Game Reserve to the south.

Banoka, apart from being 100% solar powered, features a spacious main area overlooking a tranquil lagoon and 10 comfortable tents built along the tree line. Twice daily guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, explore the Khwai Concession, and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. Ecologically, the area is very diverse; wildlife to be seen include elephant, hippo, roan, lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena, to name a few. Spectacular birding opportunities also abound, with some 450 species recorded. Other activities include seasonal boating and mekoro excursions, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing and a cultural experience. For more images please see: Banoka Bush Camp

Experience  The Kalahari @ Khutse Game Reserve

Derived from the Tswana word Kgala, meaning “the great thirst”, or Kgalagadi, meaning “a waterless place”, the Kalahari has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. The Kalahari has a number of game reserves—the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR, the world’s second largest protected area), Khutse Game Reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with a focus on Khutse Game Reserve.

Khutse Game Reserve, which is the southern extension of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, was established to conserve the pans of the Central Kalahari. Khutse, meaning “place to kneel down and drink”, is renowned for its ancient pans that once formed part of Africa’s largest inland lake. The waterholes now attract a wide variety of game and bird-life and in turn attracting the predators including leopard, cheetah and the famous black mane lion.

Activities on offer are a combination of both wildlife and cultural experiences thus offering a complete range of bush experiences from game drives into the reserve, guided walks that interpret the tracks and signs of the wild. Here, one is able to absorb the local culture and traditions of the San (Basarwa) people by enjoying the bushman experience and reflect on centuries of the local history of the land. All activities are focussed into the Khutse Game Reserve.

What a great way to explore the bush in true luxury than by staying at the lovely Khutse Kalahari Lodge. This luxury lodge is situated at the eastern gate of the Khutse Game Reserve, just a three hour drive, 220 kms north-west from Gaborone, and is the final frontier before one enters the renowned Central Kalahari Desert and Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The lodge is only reachable by 4×4 and therefore gives the outdoor enthusiast an unparalleled encounter with the bush. Simple, yet stylish decor ensure maximum comfort and opulence whilst remaining right on nature’s doorstep.

Selected Top Luxury Accommodation

Botswana is undoubtedly a very beautiful country with a lot to offer to the tourist market. There are so many lodges to choose from. Whatever you are looking for, there is something for the discerning traveller.

People travel for various reasons. Some travel simply for the sake of travelling and mainly look for a place to rough it a bit, as long as they are guaranteed to see a lot of game! – after all that’s what they came for. While on the other hand, others look for exclusive luxury accommodation. To them, it doesn’t really matter if they see wildlife as long as the level of luxury comprises things like real beds, down pillows, pure cotton sheets, Persian rugs, bone-handled silver cutlery, damask table linen, private plunge pool, to name just a few. A bonus will be if the comfortable and tasteful spacious luxurious safari tents are tucked away amongst trees, each with a private terrace and veranda from which animals are viewed.

A good question might be ‘what does an upmarket lodge really mean?’ On a personal note, luxury accommodation should comprise the following:

 – yes, good location where there is amazing wildlife all year round

 – exclusive luxury accommodation

 – excellent service

 – value for money, there is no point in forking out a lot of money only to be disappointed with the results!

Below is a list that I have compiled on some of the most beautiful and fascinating lodges/camps in some of the most breathtaking, picturesque parts of Botswana. There are still so many lodges to mention but, for now, these will do. Please note that they are not arranged in order of preference.

CHOBE GAME LODGE

Situated within the Chobe National Park, in the extreme northeast of the park commonly known as Chobe River Front. The only lodge situated within the Chobe National park. Lodge in an area home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. Accommodates up to 94 people. 47 river-facing rooms, air conditioned with overhead fans, en-suite bathrooms. 4 river view suites, each with own plunge pool and lounge area. All rooms have complimentary stocked mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities. Large swimming pool with terrace. In-house beautician. Gym. Morning/afternoon game drives. Boat cruises. Fishing. Golf Course in close proximity to the lodge. Victoria Falls 1.5hrs drive away from the Lodge.

JACK’S CAMP

Located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Area has the elusive and rare brown hyaena. Spacious and stylish canvas tents. 10 tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers. Mess Tent with Natural History Museum, Library, antique pool table. Plunge pool and a larger swimming pool housed in a beautiful tent. Walk with a gang of habituated, yet wild meerkats. Walk with Bushmen Trackers for a cultural experience. Morning/afternoon game drives. A visit to Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous: one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.Quad biking across the pans. In summer, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest  – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

 KALAHARI PLAINS CAMP

 Situated in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Located in the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. The area is well known for the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world’s best cheetah viewing. Offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Unique topography. 10 en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each. Private en-suite facilities.100% solar powered. Swimming pool. Game drives. Interpretive Bushman walks. Visits to Deception Valley or even further afield for more game viewing opportunities.

 KHWAI RIVER LODGE

 Overlooks the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.  Predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. Spa body treatments on offer. 14 super luxury tents set on raised deck, with en-suite facilities. Each tent air-conditioned with ceiling fan, mini bar, private viewing deck. One of the tents is a private suite with private plunge pool, private guide and game drive vehicle. Large swimming pool, with deck. Small gym. Morning and afternoon game drives. Guided walks. Optional cultural tour of local village.

 KING’S POOL CAMP

 The camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River to the north. Area famed for its large herds of elephant. 9 well-appointed tented rooms with thatched roof bathrooms. Plunge pool and sala in each unit. Each en-suite bathroom is tiled with separate toilet, double vanity and basin, shower – and an outside shower.Lounge, dining room and pub areas. Communal Pool.Day and night game drives. Game walks. Seasonal boat cruises. Game viewing hides.

 MOMBO CAMP

 Situated on Mombo Island, adjoining the northern tip of Chief’s Island, within the Moremi Game Reserve. It is one of the camps in Botswana that lives up to its ‘six paw’ status again and again. The game and birdlife is prolific all year round. Large concentrations of plains game occur in front of the camp. Resident massage therapist available. 9 luxuriously furnished tents, raised off the ground. Well appointed canvas rooms with en-suite facilities, additional outdoor shower. Plunge pool.Morning and afternoon game drives.

 NITANI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

 In the northern reaches of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the banks of the Majali River. Meals prepared in open view for individualised menus.
Special wedding sites. Permanent water holes where one can watch animals from comfort of their room. 5 luxury suites. Private en-suite facilities with private plunge pool. Wellness Centre. Fully stocked safari boutique. Game drives. Astronomy. Bush dinner. Bush walk. Private dinner or lunch.

 VUMBURA PLAINS CAMP

Vumbura concession north of Mombo, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. One of the few areas in the Delta where one can spot the rare Red Lechwe and Sable Antelope on same game drive. Resident massage therapist available. 2 x 14 bedded satellite camps linked by raised walkways. Each camp has its own dining and bar area. Each suite has spacious bedroom with en-suite facilities, shower, flush toilet and outside shower. Each suite has its own plunge pool and sala. Day and night game drives. Nature walks. Mokoro trips. Boat excursions. Great birding opportunities.

 

RE-OPENING SPECIAL OFFER!

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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp will re-open on 21 April 2010 after an extensive upgrade and extension of the camp’s main lounge and dining area. 

The lounge and dining area decking was extended and decorated with new furniture and covered by a new thatch roof. The boma area offers incredible views over the flood plain, perfect for evening dining and barbeque nights. In addition to this, the bar area and gift shop area have also been refurbished and extended.

The Okavango Delta flood waters have already reached Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offering guests the opportunity to experience the hugely popular mokoro excursion activity in the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta…

In celebration of this the lodge is offering an exclusive special offer saving of $1840.00 per couple!

STAY 4 NIGHTS AND ONLY PAY FOR 3!!

Stay a minimum of 4 nights at the newly upgraded Sanctuary Chief’s Camp,

 in the exclusive Mombo Concession and only pay for 3 nights!!

 Valid for travel between: 1 May 2010 – 30 June 2010.

NEW RATES FOR AFRICAN RESIDENTS

Sanctuary Retreats now offers incredibly reduced rates for residents across Africa!

From as little as P 1550.00 per person per night

For more details click on this link Botswana’s Exceptional Safari.

 

Sanctuary Retreats camps are spectacularly located in some of truly unspoilt areas spread out across Africa, with the highlight this time being on the ones in the beautiful Botswana. Sanctuary Retreats has a collection of luxury safari lodges in  the Okavango Delta, Chief’s Island and Chobe National Park, which are arguably the most important areas for game viewing in Botswana. The properties are perfectly located in secluded and pristine wildlife-rich areas with amazing game viewing opportunities. Each area offers a unique experience and game viewing opportunity and as such it is always advisable to combine your stay with various lodges for a comprehensive Botswana experience.

One good thing to note is that Sanctuary Retreats is offering reduced rates for those who stay in Africa and would ‘love‘ to visit Botswana for an affordable trip of a lifetime (proof of residency is required). This is a good opportunity to visit their camps and make use of this special offer.

Sanctuary Retreats camps in Botswana:

Okavango Delta (Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp & Sanctuary Baine’s Camp),

Chief’s Island (Sanctuary Chief’s Camp)

Chobe National Park (Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero)