Set in the private Linyanti Reserve, Kings Pool Camp is a luxurious tented camp overlooking Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River. This little-visited area of Botswana is characterised by grasslands, riverine forest and open woodlands which, along with the now-flowing Savuti Channel, make for an especially rewarding safari experience - enormous herds of elephants are a feature of the dry season, and the region is famous for its density of predators. Set out each morning and late afternoon for expertly-led game drives in this wildlife-rich region.You can also accompany your professional guide on a walking safari to discover another side of this environment, particularly the varied birdlife. Boating trips are also offered when water levels are high enough. One of the highlights of your stay is watching elephants from the camp's underground hide; with the lagoon water at eye level, you can see the elephants' legs and trunks as they wade in the water.
The tents and main areas of the camp are linked by raised wooden walkways allowing animals to wander freely around the guest areas. The camp overlooks a hippo-filled lagoon where elephants often cross - the enormous wooden deck and two comfortable, sunken seating areas are fantastic vantage points to watch wildlife.There is a plunge pool built into one side of the deck - a cool place to spot animals around the lagoon - as well as a more formal, covered seating area, well-stocked bar and dining area under thatch just behind the deck. There is also a curio shop where you can find gifts for those at home.
Apart from the simple appeal of watching the elephants at the water's edge from the luxury of the raised decks of Kings Pool Camp, spectacular wildlife viewing is available on day and night game drives and walks. Allowing for water levels, seasonal barge cruises along the Linyanti River are also on offer. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for numerous and diverse species of birds and are a magnet for game in the dry winter months.Kings Pool Camp is famed not just for the sights, but also the sounds of wildlife all around. For this reason the camp has two hides. One is located at the western end of the camp where one can spend one's entire siesta time watching game come down to drink. The other is an original underground hide, with the water at eye-level. Seeing massive elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an extraordinary experience.
GALLERY (Photos: Courtesy of Wilderness Safaris)
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