Wilderness Safaris' King's Pool Camp has reopened in the heart of Botswana's Linyanti Wildlife Concession.
Named for Scandinavian royalty, King's Pool overlooks an oxbow lagoon, its eight rooms and one suite blending into the wilderness. Throughout the camp, the ancient Batswana craft of weaving can be found in a number of architectural details: The imprint design applied to the camp's screen walls and woven rope detail on vertical supports and balustrades.
In keeping with Wilderness Safaris' commitment to operating with a light eco-footprint, the camp is 100 percent solar powered, and as much existing material from walkways and flooring from the previous camp was reused to create screens and decorative wall detail, such as the substructure, thatched roof, carved front doors and salvaged timber doors. Accents of warm copper and teal are used throughout.
To coincide with the reopening of the camp, Wilderness Safaris is debuting helicopter flights in the Linyanti. From the vantage point, guests can spot wildlife along the river, including elephants. The helicopter flights also serve to assist the Wilderness Safaris conservation team with wildlife monitoring and monthly wildlife counts in the more remote areas of the concession. Guests can even contribute to the monitoring of the Linyanti's biodiversity from the air.
The Linyanti also boasts the famous Savute Channel, an ancient and sporadic watercourse that supports abundant wildlife, and the productive Linyanti River. This area is well-known for its concentrations of elephant in the dry season and impressive year-round game-viewing.
Other activities at King's Pool Camp include day and night game drives, walks and barging, all suitable for photographing birds and wildlife. In the dry season, guests can spend their siesta watching game come down to drink at the unique underground hide, where the view is at eye-level.