Often frequented by a more mature clientele than the more adventurous properties in the country tend to attract, Kings Pool is a smooth-running operation catering for clients keen for a luxurious experience with a ‘hint’ of adventure. There’s an argument to stay in the more economical accommodation within the reserve – Savuti Camp in particular, or its neighbours Selinda and Lebala. Nevertheless, if luxury is what you are after, look no further – this is as luxurious as it gets!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
This camp is located in the Linyanti Reserve, a private reserve home to some of the most consistent game viewing in Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Designed to look over the floodplains of the Linyanti into Namibia, Kings Pool is an absolutely stunning camp with a superb location and a lodge standard to match – the suites here comprise some of the most sumptuous rooms in Africa.
The Concession sees peak season from July through to October. However, in our experience, the only time to avoid this camp is during the rains, from January through to mid-March. At any other time of year, the game viewing is fantastic.
The game-driving areas really are superb, but if you’re looking to include big game in your itinerary, we’d advise against travelling for the first six months of the year. The mopane forest covering much of the game-driving areas is very bushy from January to early april, restricting sightings of general game, especially the cats. By June, however, this camp has started to move into peak season, providing some of the best game viewing in the country.
Like any of the top properties in Botswana, this camp is seriously expensive due to its sheer luxury – Kings Pool offers absolutely stunning accommodation. However, it’s not remotely suitable for travellers in search of authentic adventurous safari! In our view, if you can’t quite afford Kings Pool, you shouldn’t push the boat out to stay here – it’s truly a huge extravagance.