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“7 Wild Dog sightings w/great guide Khan!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana   |  
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“7 Wild Dog sightings w/great guide Khan!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is my 5th trip to the Delta and I've only stayed at Wilderness Camps (7 to be exact) and can tell you Kings Pool (KP) shouldn't be missed. This is THE concession to see the wild dogs. Wild Dogs exist elsewhere in the delta (Chitabe and Vumbura Plains), but I think this place is the best. The manager, Malcolm, is on top of all the details. I can't imagine him or the staff not catering to your every need. The management stayed doesn't seem forced either. This concession is shared by Duma Tau (I've stayed there 3 times and it's a wonderful camp too; just less opulence). The food is fabulous at KP and if they don't have what you like, just ask, I am sure they will provide. Even better if you call ahead and let your travel agent know. I always stay 7-10 nights at each camp to eliminate the stress of bouncing back and forth between camps. Plus you get to know the staff better and learn about their lives. And you also get to know the movement pattern of the animals. If you are in and out for 3 nights you only really have 2 days of game drives. Having stayed at several wilderness camps, they are all great and if you stay at one or two for 7-10 nights you'll still have a great experience. Please don't bounce around the delta at 4 camps for 2-3 nights each because you are really just chasing an experience that can be found at all wilderness camps.

Advice for photographers: The guides at KP are experts at animal behavior. They are local Botswana people that have been doing this for 20+. Plus most of them grew up on the land. Meaning they know how to set you up for the shots that you want to get. I like that Wilderness hires local guides for them to show us their native lands. Not having them guide would diminish the experience. They know what the animals will do before they do it do you can get set up with your camera to get the shot. You should know your camera well so that when you get to KP you are ready. There will be a lot of opportunity for great photographs and you have to be ready ALL THE TIME! I was amazed at how my guide Khan knew how to position me to get wild dogs running at us and the leopard photographed with a Baboon. The Male Baboon was trying to kill the leopards cub and if that would have happened, Khan would have had us positioned to photograph it. All you have to do is have your camera ready and they will position you. I took the D4 and D800 with the 70-200mm and the 200-400mm lens. That's about all the zoom you need unless you want the extreme bird shots then I'd take the 400mm f/2.8 with an extender. The ride gets kind of bumpy so you'll need a beanbag or some sort of monopod support system. Especially if you have a 400mm lens.

I loved it so much I've already booked to go back for 22 Days in November (10 Days at Kings Pool and 12 at Abu Camp).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Dear johnglen1976,

Thank you for your charismatic review, we will be sure to pass on your high praises to Khan, and we cannot wait to welcome you back.

The Linyanti experiences tremendous seasonal transitions: in summer brilliantly green and lush, while in winter it becomes a barren, dry and harsh interior away from the river. In the dry winter months, large herds of elephant and zebra stay close to the river before moving south to the Savute Channel once the summer rains begin. In addition, a large diversity of general wildlife abounds, including the rare roan and sable antelope, followed naturally by predators such as lion, cheetah, leopard, hyaena and wild dog. The Linyanti River and the Savute Channel attract many species of wildlife, particularly in the winter months when this is the only water available. Elephants are especially abundant at this time. Large pods of hippo are found all along the Linyanti River, often basking in the sun during the cooler winter months. Birdlife in the Linyanti is also extensive and diverse due to the different habitats inland and along the river course, including ‘specials’ such as Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Ground Hornbill and Kori Bustard.

Thank you again and we look forward to your return
The Team at Kings Pool Camp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Kings Pool was a wonderful camp. The accommodations, food, staff and animals were over the top. We spent three nights here. Each Safari was excellent, with great animal viewing. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly and provided information on habitat, animal behaviour, tracking, the environment, etc.

Travel to and from the camp was seamless. Friendly helpful staff. Food was great as was the entire camp atmosphere. Enjoyed the "sundowner" experience where we would stop and watch the sun go down with refreshment and snacks. Wilderness Safaris are really a class act in all aspects. Fun, safe, restful and exciting experience. Recommend for couples, families or solo travelers.

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad room. The beds were luxurious with queen size bed. Fans in the ro...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Dear Jim-and-Donna,

Thank you for your brilliant review, we look forward to sharing your kind words with all the staff in camp.

Kings Pool is situated in the 125 000-hectare private Linyanti Concession that borders the Chobe National Park’s western boundary. Areas outside of National Parks are controlled by The Department of Wildlife and National Parks and the Tawana Landboard. These bodies have divided up the wildlife areas into large “concessions” of land, which are leased to different companies for periods of up to 15 years. The Linyanti Concession is very large, but despite its size, the tourism policy of Botswana has limited the number of guests we can have in the area at any one time. It is thus an enormous, wildlife-rich area, shared between just three small camps (DumaTau, Kings Pool and Savuti), and enjoys an unrivalled atmosphere of remoteness and space.

Thank you again
The Team at Kings Pool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a superb camp, in a superb environment, with superb staff, and Khan was a superb guide. Can it get much better?

The tents were really good. Very spacious. They are all about the same, the only difference is closeness to the common areas. All tents look over the Linyanti river - it's spectacular.

Khan did a great job in finding game. He was very focused on wild dogs, I believe because the wild dogs often lead to other animals. Saw a stand off between wild dogs and warthogs. It was fascinating to see the encounter. Kudos to Khan for this experience

Food was excellent, and the staff made sure that you felt welcome. They attended to my every need, and the setting was just unbelievable. Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Dear Ginsburl,

Thank you for your delightful review, we will be sure to share this with all the staff in camp.

Named for Scandinavian royalty, this luxurious and stylishcamp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River system.

Nine well-appointed rooms (including one family unit) of canvas and thatch each have a large en-suite bedroom andlounge. 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 (depending on qualified guide availability), and elegant boat cruises along the Linyanti River (water levels allowing) on Kings Pool’s colonial-style barge, the Queen Sylvia. In the dry season, two hides allow guests to spend their siesta watching game come down to drink. One is on the 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.

Thanks again
The Kings Pool Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

we had a great time. we stayed for three nights. our guide was Khan and MP was the guide in training helping.

the facility and the staff services are way more than we needed - but were also certainly very enjoyable. we never took advantage of the plunge pool in our room. I did use the outside shower and also the outside rest area. all of the tents are over hanging the linyanti river - and I believe they are all fairly similar - so room selection is pretty much a non-issue. the tents are very nice.

When we arrived at our room - baboons were climbing the trees right outside our door. They do warn to make sure all the door are closed at all times...the vervet monkeys and baboons are very capable of ransacking rooms at any time they are presented with an opportunity!

The game viewing was unbelievable. We watched the wild dogs hunt several times. we saw a female spotted hyena on an impala get driven off by the wold dogs....and I have the video to prove it!

http://youtu.be/elmSOMyV6tc

http://youtu.be/ReNWiPeHRjo

the land rover vehicles were only a few weeks old - and were definitely the nicest of the 4 camps we visited this year. you do spend quite a bit of time in the vehicles - so we also really appreciated the comfort these provided.

we were lucky that the rains came mostly at night. we were out on the queen sylvia pontoon boat one evening when we did experience a downpour....but MP and Khan quickly had the sides down and we enjoyed the experience. Khan and I did fish - and we both caught fish. We both got a tallapia and I also got a small African pike.

would go back again in a heart beat if the opportunity arose. Khan is really good.....he has the pages memorized in the bird book for most of the common birds - and he even knows a fair number of the latin names for the species as well......a very nice and sharp guide.

Room Tip: all the rooms are the same.....only difference is proximity to the main dining and lounge areas....i...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Dear BenSAllentown_PA,

Thank you for your fantastic review, and thank you for your beautiful videos.

Our Premier camps offer an exclusive and original experience in pristine wilderness areas. We promise relevance and balance, authenticity and education, as well as elegant and stylised accommodation. These camps combine luxury, superbly designed architecture with the warm comforts of home and personal service. Each Premier camp has its own style, as well as additional features such as salas for a soothing midday siesta or outdoor showers ‘under the stars’. Our rates are as all-inclusive as possible in our Premier camps with the core activities such as game drives, nature walks, boating, local drinks and all meals included in the price. For game drives, we use customised 4x4 vehicles that are spacious and comfortable, providing “window” seats for all guests. Our knowledgeable guides accompany guests on all activities for the duration of their stay in any one camp. Children between 6 and 12 years are welcome on the basis that private activities and/or sole use of camps are booked and paid for.

Thank you again
The Kings Pool Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We arrived at Kings Pool after a long rough flight from beautiful Little Mombo, one of our all time favorites, and an even longer ride from the air strip, so the beautiful camp was a welcome sight. The setting on the Linyanti is truly breathtaking with elephants an ever present sight...occasionally too present. A couple of times we were unable to return to our room due to unruly marauders! The camp and river are stunning and game viewing along the river is as good as anyplace in Southern Africa. Watching elephants swim the river with only their eyes and tip of their trunks above the water then emerge to their immense stature was a sight not often encountered elsewhere.

The only detraction for us was the food which I didn't feel was up to Wilderness's high standards. I must echo others about the tough beef, though the fish was good. Breakfast was good, but not always as hot as it could have been. Minor issues which certainly did not detract from our total enjoyment of this stunningly beautiful camp!

Room Tip: All are very nice, but next time I will request the room at the far end to lessen noise from neighbo...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We booked this camp as we enjoyed our stay at another Premier Camp (Vumbura in Okavango). We received a very warm welcome from the team when we arrived- and we were just as warmly greeted after each drive. The staff were helpful, friendly and competent (even through a storm).

The rooms are large, the plunge pool is great and I liked the double showers in the bathroom.

The food from Kenny and his team was delicious and plentiful.

We enjoyed each of our game drives with Ndebo- the sunset boat trip on our last night was very special.

I definitely preferred the communal dinner tables, as you got a chance to meet some of the other guests.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

My children went to Kings Pool camp with the Grand Parents a few years ago. Since they returned they have encouraged me to go. So I went two weeks ago. Easily the greatest trip of my life! (I am well traveled). The camp is awesome. The tents are ten star on a five star scale! The staff and guides are the best ever. If and when I hit billionaire status, I plan on moving to Kings Pool camp for the rest of my life! It is not cheap but it is worth every dollar!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Thank you Teddfw for your fantastic review of Kings Pool. we are thrilled to hear that you had such a great time. If the billionaire status does not work out for you perhaps we can look into creating a position for you as a Quality Control Agent.
Thank you again and we hope you are able to return soon.
The Kings Pool Team.
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Address: Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Linyanti Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
: Historic safari base in the middle of Africa's highest density of elephants. This stylish camp, named for Scandinavian royalty, overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon. The lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks that echo the natural spaces, and there is a pool and an open-air 'kgotla' (boma) for fine evening dining under the stars. End the day with sundowners on the elegant, colonial-style Queen Sylvia as she cruises down the Linyanti River. Highlights The area around Kings Pool is home to large elephant herds that traverse the area - especially in the winter months - together with wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, steenbok, warthog and roan. Predators such as lion, leopard, spotted hyaena and wild dog all follow. Two hides, one with the water at eye-level, are perfect places to spend your siesta: elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance. 9 Tents: Well-appointed canvas and thatch; large en-suite bedroom and lounge; veranda with private plunge pool; sala; outdoor shower Experiences: Day and night game drives Guided walks (on request) Unique sunken hide Barge cruises along the Linyanti River (seasonal) Catch-and-release fishing (seasonal) ... more   less 
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