We spent three wonderful days at King's Pool in May. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Moses, we saw a lion kill, hippos, and more elephants than I can remember. The wild dogs were a special treat, as were the leopards we saw. If you can only go to one camp, go to King's Pool. The food is wonderful, and the staff can't do enough to make your stay memorable.
Gwen, Cardiff, Wales
With views across the beautiful ox-bow shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, Kings Pool Camp lies along the wildlife rich Linyanti River in the north of Botswana.
Accommodation & Facilities
Nine well positioned and luxurious tents are equipped with spacious en-suite bathrooms and showers, private plunge pools and ‘salas’. The camp shared spaces include a lounge, dining room and comfortable bar. There is an additional open air dining area and a small swimming pool.
Wildlife & Activities
This part of Botswana is renowned for its concentration of elephant but it also supports sable, waterbuck, buffalo, lion, leopard and wild dog. During your stay at Botswana’s Kings Pool Camp, you will enjoy morning and evening game drives in 4x4s as well as guided walking safaris. When water levels allow, you can relax on a double deck boat cruise along the Linyanti River, which gives you another opportunity to see an amazing diversity of wildlife. The camp boasts numerous hides, including one set underground giving you views over the waterhole.
Gwen - WALES, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: SEP 2013
We spent three wonderful days at King's Pool in May. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Moses, we saw a lion kill, hippos, and more elephants than I can remember. The wild dogs were a special treat, as were the leopards we saw. If you... Read More
We spent three wonderful days at King's Pool in May. Thanks to our wonderful guide, Moses, we saw a lion kill, hippos, and more elephants than I can remember. The wild dogs were a special treat, as were the leopards we saw. If you can only go to one camp, go to King's Pool. The food is wonderful, and the staff can't do enough to make your stay memorable. Less
Jo Gordon - LONDON, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2010 POSTED: SEP 2013
The rooms are lovely and VERY private although the main camp feels rather sterile and square, which is a shame.
When is the best time
to go on a safari holiday in Botswana?
There are advantages throughout the year, depending on what you’d like to do and see, and how well you cope with different temperatures. Here are some guidelines based on our experience of Botswana’s climate and wildlife viewing across a typical year.
January and February
The larger part of Botswana’s rains generally fall in these months in short hard downpours, turning the landscape increasingly lush, and encouraging migrating birds and antelope to drop their young. Photography is good as skies can be dramatic and the air is very clear. Safari camps and lodges can be quiet and prices are lower than other times of year.
March and April
These months are ‘mid-season’ for both numbers of safari visitors and prices, but the rains have generally stopped, the landscape is very green, and it’s a good time of year to combine a safari in Botswana with a holiday in Cape Town. With warm days and cool nights, it’s an idyllic climate.
May and June
As Botswana enters its winter grass starts to die back, the leaves fall, and the Okavango Delta begins to fill, making wildlife viewing easier as you can see across greater distances and the animals are concentrated onto the decreasing areas of dry land. Cool mornings and late afternoons can be a shock on an open safari vehicle, but they mean animals are active for longer, and the climate is pretty much perfect for visitors.
July to October
Thought of as the best months for wildlife viewing, these are Botswana’s high season, as animals are drawn to water since the bush has died back. The Okavango Delta has its highest water levels through these months bringing even higher densities of wildlife into this lush oasis. Sunsets are magnificent as the dust in the air leads to incredibly rich reds and oranges.
An interesting, very beautiful and rather hot month in Botswana, the clouds build up and the first rains fall, generally in short sharp showers, taking some of the heat and dust out of the air. Relatively few people safari in November, so tented camps and lodges are empty, game viewing is quiet, and prices reflect the demand. The land turns green as soon as the rains have fallen, wildlife begins to give birth, and many migrant birds arrive.
Very similar to November, January and February climatically, and for prices and game viewing, with some rain, but not usually too much. If you’ll take a chance then a Christmas safari in Botswana can be a bargain compared to high season.