Perfect for clients seeking a luxurious experience with a hint of adventure, King’s Pool tends to attract a more mature clientele than the Linyanti’s rustic properties. It’s perfect for travellers who like their creature comforts on safari!
King’s Pool is owned and run by Wilderness Safaris. This company operates a very impressive range of safari camps and lodges across Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. King’s Pool is the flagship camp of the wildlife-rich Wilderness Linyanti Concession and one of Africa’s most luxurious and expensive safari camps! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, twice-daily scheduled safari activities, park fees, and a laundry service.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 45 minutes’ road transfer from Chobe’s airstrip. It has a wonderful location overlooking an oxbow lake and a river in the Wilderness Linyanti Concession, within the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT KINGS POOL CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of nine thatch-and-canvas guest rooms and one two bedroom suite, spaced along the banks of the river. Each contains a king-size bed with mosquito netting, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and a lounge area with easy chairs and pouffes. The thatched roof of every room rises to quite a height, making for an airy and spacious feel. Additional in-room amenities include both a ceiling fan and a standing fan, and the palette features the natural tones of the timber floor, beams, and thatch, alongside vibrant notes of teal. The en-suite facilities are positioned behind the bedroom, and they comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirrors over, and step-up shower. A door from the bedroom/lounge leads out onto a private veranda, where you’ll find an outdoor shower, a covered seating space with beautiful views! The two bedroom suite comprises of two separate rooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom and a communal sunken lounge and plunge pool for the ultimate in privacy.
The communal living and dining areas at King’s Pool are housed in a vast open-sided lodge building that’s connected to the guest structures along raised wooden walkways. These main spaces are just as well presented as the guest rooms, and they too feature a palette combining natural tones and teal. The lounge includes leather and woven seating around chic metal coffee tables, an interesting display of artefacts, and a cosy fireplace. The library is similarly decorated, and it offers a serene additional relaxation space. In the dining room, there’s one long table, at which everyone eats together. King’s Pool has a well-stocked bar as well, and all interiors flow out onto wide viewing decks. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining in the camp’s ‘kglota’ and a refreshing dip in the plunge pool!
ACTIVITIES AT KINGS POOL CAMP:
King’s Pool offers an exhilarating variety of land- and water-based pastimes. Please note, activities dependent on season and/or the availability of a guide are indicated with an asterisk in the list below.
Expertly guided game drives- The Wilderness Linyanti Concession is made up of plains, woodlands, and water sources, and it’s home to all sorts of wildlife. Highlights include lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – four of the Big Five! – in addition to numerous smaller predators and herbivores such as cheetah, hyena, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, and an astonishing assortment of antelopes. And there are hundreds of types of bird, ranging from common ostrich to helmeted guineafowl and from red-billed hornbill to lilac-breasted roller.
Night drives- If you’re interested in getting to know the nocturnal species, you can head out after sunset with your expert guide on night vehicle safari. You’ll have a lot of fun searching for the likes of leopard, civet, genet, spring hare, and honey badger.
Barge trips*- All aboard the camp’s barge, for a trip along the waterways of the Linyanti. Among the sights are hippo and waterbirds, as well as big game coming to drink on the banks of the rivers.
Guided walks*- Also accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, walks are fantastic for getting to know the smaller lives of the Linyanti in amazing detail. Plants, insects, birds… these hold just as much intrigue as the main mammals!
Viewing from hides- Spend some time in the sunken hide, and you’ll enjoy breathtakingly close sightings of big cats, elephant, and more. An incredible experience for photographers!
Catch-and-release fishing*- Why not do a little fishing during your time in camp? This activity combines well with birding too.
Photo hub- Back at camp, you can pop to the hub to review and edit your favourite safari snapshots
Helicopter flights- On the re-opening of King’s Pool, Wilderness Safaris announced that flights over the Linyanti would be introduced as an optional extra activity! The helicopter rides take in the Great Rift Valley and over the entire Linyanti wilderness.