OVERVIEW ON KINGS POOL CAMP IN LINYANTI
Kings Pool Camp named after the Scandinavian royalty, this luxurious and stylish camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system. Nine well-appointed rooms of canvas and thatch each have a large en-suite bedroom and lounge. Folding doors lead to a veranda with private plunge pool, separate thatched sala to soak up the views and an outdoor shower. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks, and there is a pool and an open-air ‘kgotla’ (boma) for evening dining under the stars. An open-sided thatched gym is available. Activities include day and night game drives, walks, and boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing). Two hides allow guests to spend their siesta watching game come down to drink. One is edge of the camp, while the other is underground, with the water at eye-level – seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience that transcends that of an ordinary safari.
Location Of Kings Pool Camp
Kings Pool Camp is within the Linyanti Concession, bordered to the east by Chobe National Park and overlooking the Linyanti River and Kings Pool Lagoon. The 125 000-hectare (308 000-acre) private Linyanti Concession borders the Chobe National Park’s western boundary. It is a massive, wildlife-rich area and enjoys an unrivaled atmosphere of remoteness and space. There are three main features of the Linyanti Concession: the Linyanti River, the woodlands of the interior and the well-known Savute Channel, famous as a sporadic and unusual watercourse.The Linyanti 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 hyaena. Rarer species such as sable and roan antelope also emerge from the woodlands during the dry season. Birding is outstanding at Kings Pool Camp: with the Linyanti Concession an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA). Sightings range from Okavango specials, like the Allen’s Gallinule, Slaty Egret, Hartlaub’s Babbler, African Skimmer and Wattled Crane, to the drier mopane woodland species like Racket-tailed Roller, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Bradfield’s Hornbill, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, and Arnott’s Chat. Also on display are the Kori Bustard, Ostrich, Secretarybird, and Ground Hornbill with Southern Carmine Bee-eaters in summer. High concentrations of birds of prey and raptors like eagles and Dickenson’s Kestrel can also be expected. There are also various owl species in the region, such as Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle-Owl and African Scops-Owl.
Safari Experience At Kings Pool Camp
Elephant can be seen all year round but peak roughly from May till late Oct. Lion are seen regularly and it is a good area for leopard and wild dogs. Plains game is good year round but peaks in the dry months. Excellent birding especially Carmine Bee-eaters in summer and great raptors year round. Great hippo and general game viewing on the lagoon in front of camp.
Activities At Kings Pool Camp
- Game drives via 4 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum six guests, allowing all guests an outside seat (each vehicle is equipped with a tree book, a bird book, a mammal book, a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent in a center consol on each row of seats).
- The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their camera while on game drive.
- Walking safaris (on request as dependant on walking guides being in camp)
- Sundowner barge trips on the Linyanti River
- Sunken hide for game viewing.
- Night Drives.
- Fishing on a catch and release basis (fishing is prohibited in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but fly fishing equipment is to be supplied by guest if required. Kings Pool is not billed as a tigerfish destination and the species typically caught here are bream and barbel.
- As of September 2010, sleep outs are not being offered at the Kings Pool sunken hide but are possible at the DumaTau hide. A Kings Pool private vehicle must be booked and paid for, which also allows for greater flexibility re: times of departure and return. The DumaTau hide is an elevated platform, equipped with bed rolls, mosquito nets and long drop toilet. Minimum age requirement is 12 years and older.
Summary For Kings Pool Camp
Number of tents:
9 guest tents in total consisting of:
- 8 x ¾ twin bedded tents
- Custom-made linen enables twin beds to be converted in a king sized bed on request in all tents.
- 1 king-size bedded tent with a ball-and-claw bath.
- 1 twin en-suite guide room which comprises 2 tented rooms sharing 1 bathroom (not the same standard as guest tents).
- This camp sleeps up to 18 guests plus 2 tour leaders/guides.
- Luxury tented rooms with thatched roof and en suite bathroom facilities.
- Rooms built on raised saligna deck with views of lagoon.
- Plunge pool at each unit.
- Sala at each unit.
- Lounge area in each unit.
- Ceiling and stand up fans in all guest tents.
- Bathroom with separate toilet, double vanity and basin, shower and a door through to pool deck with an outside shower.
- Soaps, shampoos and insect repellent are supplied in each unit.
- Safe in each unit.
- Mini bar in each unit.
- Hairdryer in each unit.
- Swarovski binoculars available for each tent on request
- Large dining room, bar, lounge deck on stilted platforms.
- Swimming pool
- Curio shop
- Open air boma for dinner around campfire.
- Sunken hide at a waterhole near the camp.
- Every room has an exercise mat and weights (2 x 1kg and 2 x 2kg weights) for guest use
- Menu of massage treatments (at an additional cost) can be conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent.
- Cocktail reception available
Other Notes On Kings Pool Camp In Linyanti, Botswana
- Children of 6 years and older are accommodated however private activities need to be booked and paid for. The minimum age for walking activities is 12 years.
- Chobe 1 Airstrip which also services DumaTau, Savuti and Kings Pool camps.