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 Kalahari Plains Camp Album

Submitted by: TK Tiso Teko, Mar 12, 2018

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Latest News From Kalahari Plains Camp

  • Kalahari Plains Camp - September 2017
    Sep 12, 2017

    Kalahari Plains has incredibly beautiful landscapes, causing many delighted guests to remark when they arrive that they really feel this is true Africa …

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  • Kalahari Plains Camp - November 2017
    Nov 29, 2017

    Within days of the first drops of rain this month, the Kalahari magically transformed from a dusty dry landscape to lush green, bringing an abundance of life…

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  • Kalahari Plains Camp - December 2017
    Dec 20, 2017

    Heading west of Kalahari Plains to Deception Valley game viewing produced sightings of springbok, kudu, giraffe and oryx, as well as cheetah and lion…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ I felt particularly fortunate to enjoy the singing and dancing of all the staff one evening, and really valued the sharing by the local Bushman family of their communal way of life. ”
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Reviewed by: Barbara B, 23 January 2018