Central Kalahari Mobile Camp | SafariFRANK

Central Kalahari Mobile Camp

"Mobile camp setup in the vast and remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve"

Price from $470 USD
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Camp Temporary

Situated just south of Maun, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is a huge expanse of protected land which harbours a wide variety of flagship Kalahari Species. It is access typically with a 4 or 5 hour transfer from Maun.

Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) is the second largest game reserve in the world and forms roughly 10% of Botswana’s total land area! It protects a massive expanse of Kalahari woodland and pan systems which is home to a myriad of Kalahari species such as Oryx, Springbok, Kalahari black-maned Lions, Cheetahs and fantastic birding. Kalahari roughly translates to the ‘land of great thirst’-  a name it lives up to, as for up to 9 months of the year there can be virtually no surface water available creating some truly harsh conditions. There are however some man-made water holes in certain areas which create hotspots for wildlife viewing. The game-viewing is best at the end of Botswana’s rainy season (March-April) but the reserve can be visited all year round.

Mobile safaris have been around since the very beginning of safaris in Africa. They have been changed, adapted, advanced and perfected but the original concept has not been lost, the “take everything along, but leave nothing behind”. The luxury in a mobile safari is the ability to uproot the camp and change location without a trace. This allows you to have the same crew, same guide, same camp setup but in a new and unexplored area thus broadening your exposure and increasing your overall safari experience.

The camp crew normally consists of an experience bush chef, a waiter, an expert safari guide and a number of camp hands, all of whom’s jobs are to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The camp is moved in advance by specially modified vehicle or truck, with all duties and setup being done by the crew and is made ready prior to your arrival in the new location. It’s all the benefits of luxury camping, without any of the hard work!

Although there are many different ways it can be done, we recommend three different levels of luxury which we believe match most people’s expectations in terms of comfort:

3 star – 3x3m Dome tented Mobile Safari

  • A smaller tent containing two single bedframes or stretchers with comfortable mattresses
  • The most affordable tented option

3.5/4 star – Mini Meru tented Mobile Safari

  • Large walk in sized tents with plenty of room to maneuver and walk around unhindered by tent height.
  • Contains two single bedframes or stretchers with comfortable mattresses
  • Bedside stands with better lighting and storage options.

5 star – Mini Meru tented Mobile Safari

  • Flushing toilets
  • Copper basins and jugs inside the tents
  • Sisal carpets & Persian rugs
  • Premium wines and spirits as well as 5 star menu paired with wines
  • Higher staff compliment

All of the above tents are complimented with en-suite bathroom areas which contain pitfall toilets (5 star has flushing toilet), and bucket shower systems which are filled with warm water upon request. All bedding and linen are also supplied and refreshed on longer trips. Bath towel, face cloths and hand towels are also supplied.

Delicious meals are served under the dining tent where you will be waited on by the beautifully set dining table. The meals are prepared by a specialist bush chef who is skilled in the fine art of cooking over the open fire. Hearty three course dinners, fresh home baked bread, access to coffee at all times of day and a well-stocked bar that’s open 24/7, there’s really not much these camps don’t offer!

These safaris are also fully inclusive in terms of drinks and meals so all that is left to do is relax and enjoy being pleasantly comfortable, exquisitely well looked after and in close proximity to nature and the wilderness that is Northern Botswana.

Why we like it

  • Accommodation in the most authentic and adventurous form possible, a mobile tented camp.
  • Home to classic Kalahari landscape and wide open pan systems.
  • Dramatic seasonal difference between wet & green season.
  • Far less tourism than other parks with often not seeing other tourists for many days.
  • Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to a healthy population of the flagship Kalahari species including Cheetah.

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