Closed for renovations earlier this year, the much-loved King’s Pool has undergone a beautiful transformation. The highlight of the camp’s position is, without a doubt, its proximity to the handsome oxbow lagoon where any number of wildlife, from aquatic birds to hippo, elephant and basking crocodiles, can be seen.
The nine luxurious tents celebrate the romance of the camp’s history, with a renewed authentic, yet classic, Botswana flair. In keeping with Wilderness Safaris’ commitment to operating with a light eco-footprint, King’s Pool is 100% solar powered.
Luxury, in Wilderness Safaris terms, is defined as being immersed in the natural environment of the camp. Kim Nixon, Wilderness Safaris Botswana Managing Director stressed on the luxury safari operator ’s website that the revamped King’s Pool will be just that and more, celebrating the Linyanti’s incredible wilderness setting.
The main area, deck and bar offer uninterrupted views, with closer proximity to the water, while parts of the roof extend down to ensure privacy. As part of the camp rebuild, existing materials from walkways and flooring from the previous structure were reused to create screens and decorative wall detail for the new camp. Special care has been taken to balance privacy, safety and comfort whilst still “inviting the outside in”, to create a signature immersive Wilderness Safaris experience.
Wilderness Safaris asserts on its website;
“At King’s Pool, biodiversity conservation has remained the core of our purpose since we opened in 1995. With the Linyanti situated at the fulcrum of the KAZA TFCA, we have always understood the part that we play in the preservation of this pristine wilderness area. Having the world’s largest elephant meta-herd and many other species passing through seasonally requires sensitive conservation initiatives that will contribute to the sustainability of wildlife as well as the area itself.”
Activities at Kings 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 unique underground hide, where the view is at eye level. Seeing elephant feet and trunks almost within touching distance while safely inside is an experience that transcends an ordinary safari. Coinciding with the reopening of King’s Pool, Wilderness Safaris, in partnership with Helicopter Horizons, has introduced scenic helicopter flights from all of its camps in the Linyanti.
Congratulations on a truly astounding facelift of the ever-evolving Kings Pool, Wilderness Safaris! I remember many years ago when I joined Wilderness Safaris as Assistant Camp Manager as an enthusiastic, new graduate fresh out of university. Back then, as a trainee manager, the training process included lodge hopping to learn the ropes. One of the lodges I was lucky to work at was Kings Pool – a very different Kings Pool as I remember. The Kings Pool I was at was dripping in opulence complete with extravagant chandeliers, evoking a certain degree of pomp that’s somewhat at odds with Botswana’s safari offer. While I could appreciate the sheer luxury of the place, I never felt it had the same kind of warmth and feel of camps such a Xigera and Mombo. And this was echoed by many of the guests I hosted at the time. Many argued it was really rather odd and not quite what they were after, especially as they had that sort of thing back in their countries.
Over time, Kings Pool has evolved and I have to say with the latest facelift, Wilderness Safaris has outdone itself – the new Kings Pool is a far cry from the one I knew, in keeping with the safari luxury look and feel the tour operator has become known for. We at YourBotswana LOVE the new look Kings Pool and sure hope we’ll one day be lucky enough to visit it and see if it lives up to the pictures. There’s no doubt in my mind that it definitely will!
Source: wilderness-safaris.com (visit the website for more stunning pictures)