King's Pool Camp
Photo: Dana Allen
Style: Luxury Tented Camp
Activities: Land and water based
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.
King's Pool Camp overlooks the Linyanti River and the oxbow-shaped King's Pool Lagoon, apparently named after a Scandinavian monarch who spent a number of nights camping out on its banks long before any camp was built here.
King's Pool Camp has 9 well-appointed tents of canvas and thatch. Each has a large bedroom, 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 if you wish to shower close to nature!
The lounge, dining room and pub areas are on expansive raised decks. There is also a communal pool and an open-air 'kgotla' for dining under the stars.
The Linyanti Wildlife Reserve has abundant wildlife in a wide variety of species, but 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 hyena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope also emerge from the woodlands during the dry season.
Apart from the simple appeal of watching the elephants at the water's edge from the luxury of the raised decks of King's 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.
The camp has 2 hides. One is located at the western end of the camp where you can spend your 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.