Camp Kalahari
Dining Area Guest Twin Tent
Dining Area
Guest Twin Tent

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari is a relaxed, family-friendly traditional safari camp, ideal for those seeking fun and adventure, without sacrificing comfort or style. The camp is an eclectic mix of original African furniture and textiles paired with traditional campaign style furniture and colonial antiques. Nestled amongst the acacias and Mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, the camp is perfectly situated on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, adjacent to the Makgadikgadi-Nxai Pans National Park, Botswana.




It's all about the eerie emptiness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, a vast nothingness roughly the size of Switzerland. Camp Kalahari, which has just been completely rebuilt is a classic African bush camp, ideal for those who want fun and adventure, without sacrificing comfort and style.

Need to Know

Camp Kalahari has eleven Meru tents: six twin tents, four double tents and one family unit comprising one double and one twin tent with an inter-leading bathroom. All tents have en-suite bathrooms, flush loos and the hottest, wettest showers in the Kalahari.


Driving, walking, riding. Most safari guides have a degree in zoology or biology and all are trained by Ralph Bousfield. Enjoy the wildebeest and zebra migration (green season) or quad biking on the salt pans(dry season). Guests at Camp Kalahari have the opportunity to walk with a group of Ju/’hoansi Bushmen and learn how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills. Guests can also get up close to friendly, habituated meerkats, and in the dry season,quad bike across the never ending salt pans. Keen riders can also join 5 night horse safaris from Camp Kalahari. Choose between Set Date Departures: a five-night itinerary combining Camp Kalahari with two nights fly camping out on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, or a Private Departure: from three to five-night itinerary tailored to your needs. Explore this wild, unspoilt area in the same way many as the earliest explorers, hunters and missionaries did – on horseback.

Take an epic quad bike journey to Kubu Island, and sleep out under the stars amongst the giant boulders and ancient baobabs at the Lost Island of baobabs.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Habituated meerkats, brown hyenas, zebra, bat-eared fox, kudu, caracal, aardvark, gemsbok, springbok, vulture, eagle, aardwolf, porcupine, honey badger, a large variety of desert birds and animals.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Year Round:
We get unbelievably up close and personal with a group of habituated meerkats. Spend time walking with a group of Zu/’hoasi Bushmen for a glimpse into their ancient culture.
we offer Game drives to experience unique desert wildlife. Take a morning or afternoon Horse Ride* excursion and experience the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans as the pioneers did, on Horseback! *Subject to a surcharge. Visit the site of Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous.
During the Dry Season Only:
Quad biking across the lunar expanse of the pans.
Lie out on the pans as the sun sets, and watch the planetarium show unfold with horizon-to-horizon stars.
During the Green Season Only:
Experience the migration of zebra and wildebeest – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.


The camp is refreshingly simple, cosy, comfortable and traditional.
Relax in a traditionally built thatch library, living and dining area, and when it heats up, cool off in the plunge pool. There are camera charging facilities in camp but no electricity in the guests tents. Camp Kalahari does not have wifi or cell phone reception.


Camp Kalahari has 11 spacious Meru tents. 6 Twin tents, 4 Double tents and 1 Family tent. All eleven traditional safari tents are en-suite and outfitted with rich textiles, Moroccan kilims, and four poster beds.


Tatler Magazine, November 2011 UK ‘glorious surroundings’ and ‘super staff’


Camp Kalahari is open all year. The dry season is from April–October and the green season from November–March

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

Dry Season US$ 720.00 per person per night
Green Season US$ 528.00 per person per night

Children PolicyChild Policy

We welcome children of all ages.

For 2017 children under 12 years of age are not permitted to stay alone in their own tent and must share with an adult. A 50% discount applies to children between 6 to 11 years of age. Children under 6 years of age are accommodated free of charge.
Family Tent: Two adjacent tents with an inter- leading bathroom, accommodating a maximum of two adults and three children.
Twin/Double Tent: A max of two adults and one child sharing per tent. A child can be accommodated on a Bed Roll .
If the family tent is not available, families travelling with two children under 12 years of age will be roomed as follows: One adult and one child per tent. If travelling with children 8 years of age and under, a Private Guide & Vehicle is required.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Camp Kalahari's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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