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Wilderness Safaris Kings Pool Camp
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Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful Linyanti”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

After 3 days at Vumbura Plains in the Delta, we flew over to Kings Pool. A totally different landscape and different feel to the delta but none the less beautiful. The camp is more "african" in style to the other one. Rooms have a great view across the river and with the hippos, we also had the resident male lion of the area roar during 2 nights of our stayed, along with the hippos and elephants trumpeting - that was special to hear - the real noises of Africa. Elephant encounters are superb, game is excellent particularly for seeing the predetors. Guides are great, local Batswana staff are wonderful - we'd be happy to return again.

Room Tip: Sleep is only affected by how many animals are making noise during the night - which didn't both...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

This camp is in a very beautiful, remote concession right on the Linyanti river. This is the same river that becomes the Chobe river, as it flows east and then flows into the Zambezi river at Kasane. The difference to the Chobe area is that one feels almost alone in the wilderness. No boats, safari-vehicles etc rushing by all the time. Complete bliss!!
We had excellent game viewing, with knowlegable guides, who know all of the 15 leopards that traverse the area individally, as well as tha 3 packs of wild dogs that hang around. We had a once in a lifetime experience when the dogs killed an Impala and devoured it while we were watching. Our guide knew exactly what their next move would be and positioned the vehicle perfectly. The next night the same happened, but we lost them in the thickets.
As for the rooms, one can hardly get better and more beautiful. The private pool was a highlight. The rooms are huge and comfortable and tastily furnished.
The food was absolutely devine. Appart from variety and choice, the attention to detail was superb. The wine sellection was of the best in Southern Africa. I loved the champaigne (South African Method Cap Classic-made the champaigne method) served at lunch and high tea!! It was also special to be able to dine privately, which is a plus at a premier camp.
Our staff were friendly and caring, and the fealing in the camp relaxed and peaceful.
I strongly recommend this camp to any traveller who can afford it. It is amazing how they can set a level of standards this high at a location so far in the wilderness. It must be a logistic nightmare, but Wilderness Safari's runs it smoothly and it looks as if with no effort!

Room Tip: All rooms are on the river and are completely private.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Kings Pool camp is the "premier" camp in Wilderness' Savuti-Linyanti concession, catering to the traveller who wants that little bit more luxury in the bush.

The rooms here are significantly bigger than in Savuti camp and Duma Tau, which is not to say that rooms in the other two camps were small. The rooms have a plunge pool, an outside day bed and a fully stocked mini-bar. Dinner is a la carte, with the menu changing daily.

I had some excellent sightings here, with the rare wild dogs making a special guest appearance. A leopard with her one-year old cub playing for our amusement.

The staff are particularly friendly.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Calgary, Canada
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145 reviews
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

What a great place to stay and to watch wildlife in Africa. best we've stayed at so far!!! very friendly staff and excellent guides.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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USA
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We did an incredible amount of research into the selection of our honeymoon destination. The only mistake we made was not staying a few more days at Kings Pool. The service, food, setting, guides, animals seen, room comfort & attention to detail is exactly as it should be for this level of travel. The only bit of advice you must take with you is tightly wrap a belt around your tent's door handle before going to bed at night as they have no locks & the baboons will come & try to open them. It happened to us!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

Out of 4 safari camps in Tanzania and Botswana, this was our favorite.

The game viewing was exceptional. We had an elephant pass through camp, and watched a group of baboon from our balcony. We saw a leopard on an aarvark kill, which is highly unusual.

Friendly staff and great food, as is expected at a Wilderness Safaris camp. Lots of nice little touches like seat warmers for cold morning drives.

The boat ride on the linyanti was calm and relaxing, though you see quite a bit more on a game drive, and still do a sundowner on the river without using the boat.

FYI -- There are no phones in this part of Botswana, but you can get phone internet by roaming onto a Namibian network (across the river).

Highly recommended overall.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Castleford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 6, 2011

This was our third camp on our trip to Botswana and it was fantastic. We also stayed at Chitabe Lediba and Tubu Tree.

For us, this was the luxury camp, and boy...it was luxury!

From the hot water bottle on your seat on the cold mornings, through to the food and the warm service we received, we loved this camp through and through.

We stayed in room 1 which is the honeymoon suite – it was amazing! The photos hopefully show you how opulent it was.... for the bush! We even had a fridge in the room! Well, we were pleased! The room was huge, very spacious and bug spray was always provided.

There were huge water lizards coming past our room, we saw an elephant crossing the river outside the room, and one day we couldn’t get back for lunch as a grumpy bull elephant and his mate were grazing next to the walkway. Welcome to Botswana!!

The staff here, were the point of difference – Ben and Kay, and to be honest, all the staff made the effort to be very welcoming. There were a lot of very wealthy people here who obviously knew what they wanted, and obviously got it back at home and expected that. Seems they get it here! I just say chill out!! You’re on holiday! So all the staff were very accommodating, and understanding.

It was my husband’s birthday whilst we were there, and they very kindly (and at the last minute as I forgot!) made him a lovely card and the most amazing chocolate cake that we shared with everyone after supper. All the staff sang happy birthday, and made him feel very special...bless!!

The game viewings here were by far the best that we had in Botswana. Grumpy elephants in close proximity; giraffes drinking and wild dog sightings that were out of this world! We saw the dogs hunting then about 5 minutes after a kill, and the Alpha female who was pregnant and begging for food to the pack, with the highest pitched squeal! There were crocs who were after the kill and then a hyena that came sniffing round until the dogs smelt it! It was just wonderful.

If we were going to go back to Botswana we would head back here. Amazing food, service, ambiance, staff, rooms and game sightings. What more do you want?!

Room Tip: Ask for the honeymoom suite - room 1!
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 #2 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):
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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