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Brian has always nurtured his passion for travel in his spare time. He's traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries. Over time, this passion grew to the point where he began to search for opportunities to work in the travel industry. He's been an African Specialist at Mango Safaris since early 2006.

Camp Kalahari

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The Camp's History

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The Camp's History - Camp Kalahari. Copyright Uncharted Africa Safaris-Camp Kalahari. Just a spacer

Once upon a time, the legendary hunter and crocodile catcher, Jack Bousfield set off on one of his regular walkabouts through the Botswana bush. Armed with a tattered sketch-map of an early 19C explorer, he headed off into territory unvisited for 100 years, and described as 'hell for man and beast'!

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Camp Kalahari a return to the traditional safari style of the old explorers, and is the best way to experience the Makgadikgadi in a fresh and affordable way.

It is the ideal camp for those who want fun, comfort, style and adventure. Camp Kalahari accepts children of all ages and makes for a fantastic family safari destination.

All tents have en suite outdoor bathrooms, flush loos and the hottest wettest showers in the Kalahari.

The tent interiors are classic old safari style, replete with comfy beds, crunchy cotton sheets, stripy African blankets and hot water bottles in winter.

Camp Kalahari's chef is a talented chap, noted for his tasty soups and particularly for his "Pilli-Pilli Ho-Ho," a lethal concoction of chillies marinated in sherry and gin. Smeared over one's breakfast eggs, it's just the thing to sharpen sleepdulled wits in preparation for whatever adventures await!

Guests visiting Camp Kalahari during the wet season can witness the last surviving migration of zebra and wildebeest in Southern Africa. Most people associate the migration with East Africa and don't know about this, the second largest migration of African ungulates, with an estimated 30,000 animals, the majority being zebra, participating each year.

Get dressed up in dark glasses and Lawrence of Arabia headgear and race out on to the pan. Fat tyres skim over the surfaces where heavier vehicles would sink. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pans immensity. There is nothing out here. Absolutely nothing.

The Guides at Camp Kalahari team up with a small group of Zu/'hoasi Bushmen to guide our Guests on a morning's walk, offering a window into the past, The Bushmen teach us how they have survived in this harshest of environments, using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills.

Close by is the famous Chapman's Baobab (Also known as the Seven Sisters) which is acknowledged to be the third largest tree in Africa, and was the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area.
This gives you an opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into the history of the early explorers.

A safari to Camp Kalahari is also a complete desert experience focusing on species unique

to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck.

Guests are also virtually guaranteed of seeing the rare and elusive brown hyaena and are able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but wild meerkats!

As the sun rises, these pixie-faced creatures emerge from their burrows and join you, sunning themselves with paws behind their backs, completely indifferent to your presence.