Kalahari Plains Camp, Central Kalahari, Botswana

Kalahari Plains Camp is a Classic Camp

4Cs Projects at Kalahari Plains Camp

A number of conservation initiatives are in place here, from research projects involving the unique Kalahari fauna to working with local communities and lowering our carbon footprint.


Central Kalahari Wild Dog Project

There is little knowledge of wild dog in the CKGR region, however wild dog packs are reasonably often sighted and due to its large size (52 500 sq km) the area is likely to sustain a significant number of wild dog packs. Research is necessary for their protection.

Okavango-Kalahari Wild Dog Research Project

A significant threat for wild dog is the potential spread of disease from domestic dogs. This project aims at determining their movements and then focusing a concentrated canine disease vaccination programme on domestic dogs in these villages.

Community Engagement

Kalahari Plains has actively engaged with the baSarwa (Bushman) people to ensure they can benefit from the ecotourism industry. Thus, the majority of staff members were sought out in the local villages and employed in all aspects of the camp.

Green Operating Systems

In keeping with Wilderness’ objectives of using technologies and techniques towards reducing energy consumption and fuel use, and other resource-use reductions, Kalahari Plains Camp is run on 100% solar power, and uses an ancient yet effective water harvesting technique.

Water Management

Since Kalahari Plains is in a very arid area, it is vital that we conserve water. We have installed water-harvesting tanks at each tent and other fixed structures to collect rainwater during the rainy season. When all tanks are full (thanks to the 115 mm of rain a year), the camp has 150 000 litres of additional water, reducing the need for borehole water during this period. The borehole water drawn from beneath the camp is very salty, not drinkable and is used in the pool and for showering. Therefore, we have installed a state-of-the-art Reverse Osmosis desalination system to produce clean drinking water as well as for cooking.

Latest News From Kalahari Plains Camp

  • Kalahari Plains Camp - November 2016
    Nov 17, 2016

    We have had exceptional sightings of the black-maned lions of the Kalahari, five-star sightings of brown hyaena at the camp waterhole, and bat-eared foxes and honey badgers around sunrise and sunset…

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  • Kalahari Plais Camp - October 2016
    Oct 11, 2016

    The two dominant male lions, known as the Owens Boys, were sighted often from Kalahari Plains, at times even coming to drink at our camp waterhole…

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  • Kalahari Plains Camp - August 2016
    Aug 2, 2016

    Caracal, African wild cat and honey badger are the special folks of the Kalahari and we happily recorded their presence around Kalahari Plains this August …

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“ The desert was green, not withstanding that the game viewing and birding was excellent. Almost too many lions! ”
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Reviewed by: Timothy F, 17 January 2017