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Kings Pool is one of the most luxurious safari camps in Botswana, which in turn is home to some of the most luxurious safari camps in Africa - so that’s quite some feat. Located on the shore of an oxbow lake, overlooking the Linyanti and floodplains, Kings Pool is a peaceful and pretty place to relax between safari activities.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve borders the more famous Chobe National Park, and so offers guests prime game viewing without the activity restrictions that staying within a National Park can sometimes bring. From May to October particularly, guests can expect to see herds of elephant, lion, leopard and even rare wild dog.
There are nine fan-cooled guest suites at Kings Pool - including one family unit - connected to each other and the main lodge area by raised wooden walkways. Each suite offers a light and spacious bedroom and lounge, which leads through to a private veranda with plunge pool and shady thatched sala. En suite bathrooms have showers and hand basins, while each suite also boasts an outdoor shower, too. The main lodge building is open sided to allow the breeze to pass through and boasts a dining area and lounge under thatch. A swimming pool and al fresco lounge on the lodge decking offers plenty of places for guests to relax and look out for the wildlife which may visit the camp.
In terms of dining, Guests at Kings Pool will certainly not go hungry. Guests are awoken each morning with a hot drink in the privacy of their suite, before a light breakfast to fuel up for the morning game drive. Returning to the lodge, a sumptuous brunch, afternoon tea, sundowner drinks and dinner are served periodically throughout the day, and intended to be enjoyed communally with other guests. Private dining can be arranged for special occasions including the option to dine on the Pontoon Boat, drifting gently through the lagoon surrounded by hippos and elephants.
Activities at Kings Pool include game drives, nature walks and catch and release fishing, as well as leisurely cruises on the Linyanti River aboard the colonial style Queen Sylvia barge, which are best enjoyed with a sundowner in hand. We certainly recommend that guests visit the Hides near to Kings Pool for the very best wildlife viewing, including The Bunker - an old sunken container which offers incredible ground level viewing of the bustling waterhole.
Please note that there is no wifi, and little phone signal at Kings Pool - this is a truly 'off-grid' safari experience.
Aside being one of the most luxurious safari camps in Botswana, with very high service levels, Kings Pool also has some of the best eco-credentials around; the camp is powered by solar energy 24 hours a day, and also assists with research focusing on biodiversity conservation, and the handling of the large elephant population in the region.
Isabel, Original Traveller