Gomoti Plains Camp

Overlooking the Gomoti river system in a particularly scenic corner of this game rich area, Gomoti Plains is a classic tented camp with a modern elegant style. Ten spacious and thoughtfully designed tents offer a fantastic base to explore this exciting area. This area consists of a variety of habitats, from woodland to open grasslands and wetlands attracting an interesting array of wildlife and good concentrations of animals year round. An excellent classic camp.

The Gomoti concession is located just south of the famous Chitabe and Sandibe concessions, well known for the excellent game view, and this area enjoys similar excellent game viewing. This area is particularly well known for excellent predator sightings, lion, leopard are seen regularly and even wild dog. Rhino were introduced to the area in 2017 and this remains one of the best places to see rhino in the Okavango. The plains game are numerous and varied, with regular sightings of giraffe, buffalo, zebra, impala, red lechwe, impala, warthog and much more.

The activities at Gomoti Plains Camp focus on morning, afternoon and evening drives and water activities, boating and mokoro rides are available when water levels permit. Bush walks with armed guides are also available, conditions permitting.

The ten rooms are eight twin or double (the beds can be made up as either) and two family rooms set along the riverbanks, all en-suite with plenty of thoughtful touches to ensure a comfortable stay. The rooms are well spaced out and have spacious interiors, with a seating area below the bed and the tented rooms are set on low platforms with private decks with table and chairs to kick back and relax between activities. They are designed in a classic safari style but with a modern influence. The rooms are canvas tents; they are positioned generously apart and back from the river on wooden platforms and have zipped entrances. Six of the tents have views of the river (only rooms 9 and 10 do not) and guests can watch animals and birdlife from the day beds and chairs set out on the veranda of each tent. The beds are positioned also to give a view of the river and there is a sofa at the foot of the beds in the double/ twin rooms. The beds themselves are metal framed and there are anglepoise lamps on the bedside tables. The colour scheme is khakis, greys, creams and greens, with accents of bold patterns in the soft furnishings. The floors are wooden with mats.

Each tent’s en suite bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a screen. The bathrooms have twin basins each with a mirror suspended above. The lavatory and shower cubicles have roll down doors to separate them and there is both an indoor and outdoor shower which is kept private with canvas walls but which has no ceiling. The family tents are two tents with a shared sitting area and bathroom.

The main area at Gomoti Plains Camp is divided into a comfortable and elegant lounge area on one side and a dining area on the other. The main area is also canvas and one side opens onto decking. Beyond the decking is a campfire area for a pre-dinner drink. In the evenings paraffin lamps are also lit to create a lovely atmosphere. a light and airy feel and is divided into the dining area to one side and the seating area to the other. The lounge has comfortable sofas, a well stocked small library and board games. The dining area has comfortable and chic versions of ‘directors’ chairs and is arranged in individual tables for breakfast and lunch. The arrangement is for larger tables in the evening for a more convivial feel but this is by no means obligatory and other seating plans can be arranged according to guests’ preferences. Tea and coffee is always available here. There is also a separate curio tent where you can purchase locally made or themed souvenirs. The swimming pool is not large but it is right on the river in a secluded corner of the camp and has sunloungers and umbrellas to while away the warmer hours of the day.

Set slightly apart from the main camp is ‘Gomoti Private’ an exclusive private ‘villa’ sleeping four people which acts as a private camp operating completely separately from the rest of camp for those looking for an exclusive experience. Consisting of two rooms, one standard and one two bedroom family tent as well as a private lounge, dining area, chef and guide, this little private camp is ideal for families or small groups looking for the ultimate privacy. Guests in the villa will have their own dedicated guide and chef. The two rooms without river views will be closed during periods when the villa is occupied, so there will not be a higher number of guests in camp.
Gomoti Plains Camp was opened in April 2017 by Machaba Safaris which also runs Machaba, Little Machaba and Verney’s Camp. It is situated in a private, community run concession known as NG 32 which is situated at the south eastern extent of the Delta. The concession is south of the Chitabe Concession and the camp is in fact only 18km south of Chitabe Camp.
Gomoti Plains Camp is situated on a tributary of the Gomoti River in a beautiful setting of tall palm trees. The wider area is diverse with mopane scrub, open grasslands and the floodplains and riverine trees surrounding the Gomoti River. During the floods, the Gomoti River system and the floodplains fill with water and pans are formed in the grasslands, allowing the wildlife to move into these grasslands from their dry season habitat of the floodplains. Because of NG 32’s southernmost position in the Delta, the water may not come in years of low flood, and of course there may not be water year-round as there is in other areas of the Delta.
The grassland areas are home to zebra, giraffe and herds of buffalo. Lion, leopard and wild dog are also found here. Bird life is also good and varied and you will see land and water based birds. The game and birdlife is known to be good all year round.
Gomoti Plains offers land and water activities. Guests may take day and night game drives and in addition to the game described above, there is the possibility of seeing rhino which were re-located from South Africa in order to protect them and some were released into NG 32.
Game drives are an exclusive experience at Gomoti Plains because the camps in the three ‘zones’ of the NG 32 concession do not share the right to drive in each other’s concessions, which is not the case for Machaba Safari’s Machaba and Little Machaba camps in the Khwai Concession.
Mokoro and boat trips enable guests to get out on the water, although these are reliant on water levels. The mokoro trips leave from outside camp but the motorboat requires a twenty minute drive nearer to the Gomoti River to a deeper channel where the boats are able to operate. Walking safaris are also offered, provided that the weather and ground is suitable.
Guests can book spa treatments by a therapist who will come to your room.
Natural Selection Camp Kalahari

Location: Brown Hyaena Island, Kalahari
Rooms: 12 tents
Activities: Morning, afternoon and evening drives, bush walks, san bushman walks, quad biking, village visits, meerkat excursions, horse-riding safaris
Cost: From $620 per person per night sharing
Ages: Children of all ages welcome
Parent Company: Natural Selection

On the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, beneath the rattling palms on Hyena Island, lies Camp Kalahari. This is a simple and relaxed camp with buckets of charm and an ideal base for guests exploring the Kalahari salt pans. The desert safari experience here is excellent, with a captivating list of activities including game drives, San bushman walks, quad biking and meerkat visits. Popular with all looking for something different, especially families.

Camp Kalahari is the part of the Natural Selection collection of camps in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans area, all offering a fantastic desert safari experience with varying degrees of luxury accommodation. Camp Kalahari is the more affordable option, for those who find Jack’s and San Camp beyond their budget or too opulent in style. This is one of the finest areas for an authentic San Bushman experience as well as viewing the extraordinary desert wildlife, including the ever popular meerkats. Makgadikgadi Salt Pans offers greatly different but equally fascinating experiences throughout the year.

Camp Kalahari is simply but comfortably styled, with splashes of colour from Moroccan rugs and brass pots and romantic lanterns. Furniture styled from the era of the original 1950s safari adds a sense of adventure to the camp. Camp Kalahari is suitable for all travellers, from couples to families and small groups with twelve Meru-style tents and include ensuite bathroom facilities which are interconnected in the family rooms. Electricity is limited to the bedrooms and is replaced by lit paraffin lanterns as evening closes in. Camera batteries and other necessary items can be charged in the safari vehicles when required.

Pathways from the tents lead to a small library, living area and dining area – this space constituting the main camp area and decorated with a mixture of local African furniture and colonial antiques. The cuisine is tasty and simple and is served at a long table positioned to encourage sociable mealtimes.

A thatched swimming pool offers welcome respite from the heat of the day.

A varied menu of activities is bound to keep you busy as throughout the year guests are invited to get acquainted with the semi- habituated meerkats that Kalahari is famous for. Game drives are offered in the morning and afternoon, as well as night drives where the lesser known nocturnal animals such as the brown hyena, aardwolf and bat-eared foxes steal the show. Informative walks through the desert are offered throughout the year as well.

From Camp Kalahari guests can experience first- hand the culture of the Zu’/Hoasi Bushmen who call this arid landscape home. The experience here is sensitively done and not contrived, it is one of the best such experiences in Botswana. Join the Bushmen on a walk as they share wisdom and knowledge from their own descendants - much of which enables them to adapt and survive in this challenging environment.

Exciting two-hour horseback safari adventures can be enjoyed at an additional cost by all levels of riders. Popular too, during high season, are the quad bike excursions across the salt-crusted pans to Kubu Island for 2 nights (kindly enquire regarding cost).

During the period between November and April, Camp Kalahari is an ideal base from which to witness the incredible zebra/wildebeest migration -the longest land mammal migration known to us.

The desert adapted species found here offer a complete contrast to the game viewing in the Okavango and make an interesting contrast to the Okavango, combining both areas is highly recommended to appreciate the incredible environmental diversity in northern Botswana. The famous black maned Kalahari lion is a highlight for many, as well as the cheetah, brown hyena, oryx, springbok, bat eared foxes, ostrich, as well as many of the more familiar species from the delta. The birding is varied and excellent, especially in the green season.

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