Kalahari Plains

Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Botswana


Situated on an immense pan, Wilderness Kalahari Plains lies in a remote corner of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) – at 52 000 square kilometres (20 077 square miles), larger than Belgium. A place famed for vast herds of antelope followed by abundant predators – including the legendary black-maned Kalahari lions. and feisty honey badgers. Located in the Kalahari Desert in central Botswana, this reserve is the largest conservation area in the country, and one of the largest in the world. It offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa. Game drives unlock wildlife treasures, while respectful San cultural experiences provide insights into their unique customs and traditions.

Room Amenities

  • En-Suite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Internet Access
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Verandah

What to Expect

Healthy wildlife populations are present in the area all year round, however, with the advent of the summer rains, the desert comes to life. A plethora of plains game such as springbok, and gemsbok converge in their hundreds to graze, followed by lions, one of the highest concentrations of cheetahs in Southern Africa, and leopards. In winter, the Kalahari is a typical desert. General game is still easily seen, from the carnivores to wildebeest, red hartebeest, and steenbok; as well as smaller predators such as black-backed jackals, Cape foxes, honey badgers, and myriad mongoose species. Some 220 bird species have been recorded.

  • Outstanding access to the vast and almost inaccessible Central Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as its famed Deception Valley, where arid-adapted wildlife and specials such as black-maned lions, cheetahs, honey badgers, oryx and springbok can be seen
  • Particularly productive in the summer season, while the quintessential semi-arid Kalahari scenes in the dry winter season allow wildlife to be spotted with more ease through thinning grasses and at the waterholes, where animals are compelled to drink
  • Experience traditional San culture and customs in a respectful and authentic manner



Eight en-suite canvas tents (including one family unit) each include a sleep-out rooftop platform from which to enjoy the endless horizons, and beautiful night skies. The camp, including its main area with pool and deck, takes in the sweeping, spacious views across the Kalahari. Solar power provides all the electricity and hot water in camp, with innovative insulated canvas walls and roofs keeping the temperatures inside comfortable. Healthy wildlife populations are present year round, many seen from vantage points in camp.


Wilderness Kalahari Plains is deeply committed to conservation efforts in the region, actively engaging in various initiatives to protect and preserve the unique wildlife and ecosystems of the Kalahari Plains. The camp actively supports research projects focused on African wild dogs, contributing valuable data to enhance our understanding of their behavior and conservation needs.

Additionally, Wilderness Kalahari Plains collaborates closely with local communities, fostering strong partnerships to promote sustainable livelihoods and create opportunities for education and empowerment. Through these collaborative efforts, the camp strives to ensure the long-term conservation of the Kalahari Plains and its remarkable biodiversity.

Wilderness Kalahari Plains – Game Drives

Twice daily game drives or full-day excursions take place in open 4×4 vehicles, and are directed towards the seasonal movements of the wildlife. The Central Kalahari is a vast expanse of scrub-covered fossil dunes between ancient river valleys. During the rains (November to April), the desert comes to life, with huge herds of plains game followed by predators large and small, resulting in some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Botswana. Sightings are good around Kalahari Plains itself, especially springbok, giraffes, gemsbok, red hartebeest and steenbok, as well as predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, brown hyaenas and caracal for the lucky. Small predators range from blackbacked jackals, meerkat (suricates), Cape foxes, honey badger and a dozen mongoose species.

* With the camp being in a National Park, we adhere to the regulations of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks restricting off-road driving and night driving.


  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Bird Watching
  • Game Drives
  • Walks
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  • Jennth Norz
    San Francisco

    My trip to Botswana was absolutely amazing! The wildlife was stunning, and the landscapes were breathtaking. The accommodations were also fantastic, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend a Botswana getaway to anyone looking for an unforgettable African adventure.

  • Rory Gibson

    I recently went on a Botswana safari, and it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife, and we saw everything from elephants to lions to hippos. The lodges were also very comfortable and had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend Botswana as a destination for anyone looking for an adventure in Africa.

  • Jessica Cosby
    New York City

    Botswana is a beautiful country with so much to see and do. I went on a mokoro (dugout canoe) safari in the Okavango Delta, and it was a peaceful and unique way to experience the wildlife and scenery. The lodges we stayed at were also top-notch and had everything we needed. I would highly recommend Botswana as a destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

  • Brittany Webster

    My Botswana getaway was everything I had hoped for and more. The wildlife was incredible, and I felt like I was in a nature documentary the whole time. The lodges we stayed at were also very comfortable and had great amenities, like swimming pools and spa services. I would definitely recommend Botswana as a destination for anyone looking for a luxury African safari experience.