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“Brilliant location, brilliant staff- awesome wild life”

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Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

The staff and service is absolutely brilliant! Big Ben and Kay went out of their way to make our stay a phenominal one. The rooms, location and food was superb. Nothing was too much trouble for this team, proven by the private dinner in our room on the last night of our stay. Our guide (Lemme) travelled through thick Mopani forests to make sure we had a great wild dog sighting! A must for anyone visiting Botswana!

Room Tip: All rooms face the Linyanti- beautiful.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2010

Based on the fact that going to Africa was a trip of a lifetime - I did LOTS of research to ensure that we were staying in the best possible camps. As soon as I read about Kings Pool and saw pictures from other travelers that stayed there - I knew we would love it. This is definitely a luxurious camp with the very best staff that is always there when you need anything. The food and service was excellent and the staff ensured that we had the best possible stay taking into consideration we were only there for 2 nights (which I regret not staying an additional 2 nights!). Starting with the rooms . . . they are beautiful! They have gorgeous views of the reserve, EXTREMELY spacious with showers indoors and outdoors. A great mini living room area where you can just relax after your game drive. I am a clean freak and can definitely say that the rooms were very clean and impecable. And did I mention you have your own plunge pool and outdoor lounge area? As you may know, game viewing is all about luck // being there at the right time, at the right place. I have to say that we were VERY lucky is seeing excellent game in this reserve including: Leopard, Kudu, Wild Dogs, Hyaena, Elephants, Giraffes, Male & Female Lions (that were feeding on Buffalo), Buffalo, Hippos...just to name a few! Our Guide (Ndebo) was EXCELLENT and really did a great job in tracking the animals. Since we only stayed there for 2 nights - he made every effort to ensure that we see as many animals as possible. In addition, the management staff (Noeline) was very nice and really made our stay pleasant. The day we do go back to Africa (which I hope will be soon) - we will DEFINITELY be going back to Kings Pool for another visit. It was worth every penny and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a great Safari experience.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

my first real safari camp ....wow.!......loved the contrast of the super luxurious suite with the friendly simplicity of the meals.....abundent food and delicious......saw all the animals we had dreampt of seeing under the careful but exciting guidance of charming locals with an abundence of fascinating facts.........cant wait to return.......especially for the sundowners with hippos !

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

We recently returned from a trip to Africa and Kings Pool was our starting point for our second safari to Africa. The service, location on the Linyanti river, food and not to mention the actual wildlife were all spectacular! We had the room at the end of the camp which was incredibly peaceful and had superb views across the river. The decor of the room is very nice and the deck with a small plunge pool is great. The staff helped make the experience brilliant, our guide/drive Moses was superb (particularly in tracking down 3 nomadic cheetahs for us)! The management team were brilliant and nothing was too much to ask for. Dinners were great and the food quality was better than we had expected. Dinner at the boma was a great touch. We managed to see good numbers of animals including lechwe, loads of impala, lions, hyenas feeding, elephants, piles of hippos, some crocs, baboons and much more. Sleeping at night is interesting as we could hear elephants trumpeting, hippos making all kinds of noise and lions calling. Truly incredible! This is a great spot to go on safari and the staff really do make it a cut above other choices! Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Claude_Vone
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

We booked our safari through Wilderness Safaris and had a FANTASTIC time. If you enjoy Luxury with a great safari it would be very difficult to beat Kingspool. Our guide Matthew Copham was by far the best we have ever enjoyed in all of Africa, his humor, game tracking and knowledge of the area is unsurpassed. We tracked leopards, wild dogs and had great encounters with all the big cats even cheetah. The lodge, service and food were exceptional and well worth the cost of staying. We certainly hope to include Kings Pool again into our safari next year. Thank you Maureen for our great vacation. Bob & Linda

Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

2 nights were simply not enough at this luxurious oasis on the River Linyanti on the Northern boarder of Botswana and Namibia. We stayed at this camp in the busy season, but we never felt crowded. We spent much of our time on safari viewing local wildlife, but this is a 5* safari experience. August is winter and early morning wake up calls to breakfast at 6am for 6.30am were chilly. However we were given blankets and hot waterbottles on the drives, which were really appreciated! The evening drives were not so chilly but as the sun set we piled on the layers. Our guide Moss was very informative, and spotted animals and birds invisible to us! We saw lots of elephant, impala, kudu, a steenbok, a honey badger, giraffe, a jackal, zebra, a mongoose, a black mamba, lions both female and male, hippo, crocks, and lots lots more.
The actual camp is extremely well and sensitively designed, and I was impressed by the feeling of space. Each double room had its own deck area with a plunge pool, sala - for afternoon naps, seating and an outside shower. I took a book but found I just wanted to soak up the view of the river. The rooms are large and all very well appointed. All views of the river are breathtaking, but the design and degree of comfort here are just as notable.
The staff were very friendly and knowledgable, and the food was abundant and surprisingly diverse.
I would recommend a sunset boat trip on the river, as sunset on the river here can be absolutely spectacular.
Quite simply we enjoyed every single moment!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ceridwen
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Reviewed August 14, 2008

We were booked into Kings Pool by Africa2Go. Beautiful camp, fantastic service. But the main attraction is the staff. Managers Olivia and Connie set the tone for a great experience. The staff--guides, chef, service and management--were encouraged to mix with the guests, making each mealtime an event in its own right. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp

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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Linyanti Reserve
Price Range: $600 - $1,430 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named for Scandinavian royalty, Kings Pool looks out over a sparkling oxbow-shaped lagoon framed with reeds and punctuated by the occasional elephant moving through the water. Expansive decks in the main area echo the natural spaces, and an open-air 'kgotla' (boma) is the perfect setting for fine dining under the stars. Two hides - one with the water (and wildlife!) literally at eye-level - are perfect places to spend your siesta: elephant feet and trunks are almost within touching distance. End the day with sundowners on the elegant, colonial-style Queen Sylvia barge as she cruises down the Linyanti River. • 9 tents • 100% solar • game drives • guided walks • sunken hide • barge cruises • catch-and-release fishing ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Kings Pool Camp Hotel Linyanti Reserve
Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp Botswana/Linyanti Reserve

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