The rebuild of Wilderness Safaris' King's Pool Camp is well underway, with its nine tented suites set to open in the heart of the Linyanti Wildlife Concession in mid-June 2019. Overlooking and named for the oxbow-shaped King's Pool Lagoon, the camp's refreshed look and feel is designed so guests can experience a journey whilst contributing to the biodiversity conservation of the Linyanti at the same time.
A thatch roof structure is consistent throughout the camp to blend in with the surroundings, and the ancient Batswana craft of weaving is expressed in several architectural details—the imprint design applied to the camp's screen walls, woven rope detail on vertical supports, as well as on the balustrades.
Wilderness Safaris says special care has also been taken to balance privacy, safety and comfort whilst still "inviting the outside in" to create a signature immersive Wilderness Safaris experience. Thus, the main area, deck and bar offer uninterrupted views, with closer proximity to the water, while parts of the roof extend down for privacy.
The new camp will be 100 percent solar powered. As much existing material from walkways and flooring from the previous camp will also be reused to create screens and wall detail, such as the substructure, thatch roof, carved front doors and salvaged timber doors. These earthy, rough textures are punctuated by warm copper—in handles and other details—designed to add richness and depth to the architectural mood. Accents of teal will also be used throughout to enhance the neutral bronze and copper color palette.
Activities at King's Pool include day and night game drives, walks and barging, all ideal for photographing birds and wildlife. In the dry season, guests can spend their siesta watching game come down to drink at the underground hide, where the view is at eye level.