King's Pool Camp is located in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a vast private concession in the northern part of Botswana, on the western boundary of Chobe National Park. The accommodation here is luxurious, the wildlife spectacular. The camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, apparently named after a Scandinavian monarch who spent a number of nights camping out on the banks of the lagoon, long before any camp was built here.
The Linyanti area has a large wildlife resource with a wide variety of species, but it is most noted for its very large elephant population, which can reach enormous densities during the dry winter months. Other game is abundant, such as impala, lechwe, kudu, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and bushbuck, and their predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.
Activities include day and night game drives and walks, while boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing) offer spectacular viewing. 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. Scenic helicopter flights can also be arranged, offering a truly unique way to experience the wonders of the Linyanti. There are also two hides in the vicinity of the camp from which to view and photograph animals and birds.
Seven well-appointed tents of canvas and thatch each have a large bedroom area, lounge, private plunge pool and 'sala'. The spacious en-suite bathrooms are tiled with double showers and hand-basins as well as an outdoor shower for those who wish to shower close to nature!
In addition, there is the King's Pool Suite which consists of 2 separate en-suite rooms (one room is slightly smaller than the other) which share a private plunge pool and an outdoor sunken lounge - an ideal choice for families of for parties of 4 adults travelling together - or even for a couple preferring more space.
Raised walkways allow animals to wander freely through the camp to and from the water. The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on expansive raised decks and there is a pool and an open-air 'kgotla' for dining under the stars.
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General Information For Guests
Each tent has a large bedroom area and lounge leading to a veranda with a private thatched sala. The bathrooms are en-suite and include an indoor shower, outdoor shower, a separate toilet, and a double vanity basis. Rooms are equipped with an electronic safe, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, mosquito net, exercise mat and hand weights (2 x 1 kg and 2 x 2 kg), easy chairs, canvas blinds that roll up and down for all weather conditions, and multi-plug adaptor charging facilities. The rooms do not have air conditioning, but a ceiling fan and pedestal fan are provided in all tents.
The tents have complimentary Wi-Fi. Please be aware, the Wi-Fi connection can sometimes be slow/intermittent. Should any problems be experienced with connection to the network, please speak to a camp manager who will assist.
Two way emergency radios have been fitted in the tents and may be used by guests to contact camp management in the event of an emergency only. Said radios are on a closed circuit and inter-tent communication is not available.
Amenities supplied in each tent include seasonal bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, mosquito coil, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tip swabs and cotton wool pads, sewing kit, tissue dispenser, laundry bag and an umbrella.
The main area comprises a lounge, dining area and a bar area set on expansive raised decks. The deck has a spotting scope. There is also a curio shop and a reading area with a selection of reference books, a pool, and an open-air 'kgotla' for evening dining under the stars.
Activities include day and night game drives in 6 seater open 4x4 Land Cruisers - hot water bottles, blankets and lined ponchos are provided on cold winter mornings. The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their camera while on game drives, as well as a monopod for specialist photography. There is also a a pair of Olympus binoculars in each of the game drive vehicles for guests to share amongst themselves whilst out game viewing.
Guided nature walks, seasonal and on request, are dependent on the availability of a qualified walking guide.
Water-based activities on the Linyanti River are primarily offered on the 8 seater Queen Sylvia barge (subject to water levels).
A sunken hide is located at a waterhole approximately 10 minutes drive from camp and can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests.
Fishing on a catch and release basis can be arranged (fishing is prohibited in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes).
A range of massage treatments (at an additional cost) can be conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent.
Credit cards are accepted.
Kings Pool Camp is 100% solar powered. A 220V generator is used for emergencies.
The camp's location within Botswana’s 'elephant corridor' means it is the centre of elephant conservation initiatives.
The camp is approximately 45 minutes by road from the airstrip (depending on wildlife sightings, scenery and photographic opportunities along the way!).
Bush Walks / Walking Safaris
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years (subject to season and availability of a qualified walking guide). Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.