Polentswa Tented Camp is fantastic; it is truly an amazing place, built high on a red sand dune, with sweeping views of the Polentswa pan below and overlooking their very own waterhole.
Polentswa and Rooiputs lodges are the first two camps to be built on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - these lodges are long overdue and a welcome addition to the park!
To get to this classic tented camp, you are required to drive past the Polentswa campsite on the Wilderness trail road. The camp is just 6 kilometers from the main road, 60 kilometers from Nossob camp and 200 kilometers from Rooiputs luxury lodge.
We had the privilege of being the very first guests to stay at the camp! We were staying at Rooiputs Lodge and the owner allowed us to spend a few nights at Polentswa so that we could get a feel for the camp.
We had no idea what to expect but what we saw we fell in love with! The sheer remoteness of the lodge is what guarantees your peace and quiet - just you the pan and the animals. The scenery is fantastic and we had lions roaring every night!
(Please see our Kgalagadi trip report to read how we tracked the lions down twice while doing a self drive safari.)
The communal area has a bar and dining area on the left hand side as you walk into the lodge and a lounge, reading area and viewing deck on the right, with two guest toilets behind the reading area. The lodge has both electricity and internet access.
Meal times will be a treat - wonderful 3-course dinners, wine on tap in the main dining area, where breakfast and high tea will both be served. There will be a splendid selection of wines for the perfect accompaniment to your meal. With both excellent service and great food, how can you go wrong!
There is a small boma in front of the lounge and dining area, where you can warm yourselves before or after dinner while watching the waterhole or pan for any animal activity. (Because the lodge had not opened yet when we were there, we had wonderful braais out in the boma overlooking the pan)
The gorgeous scenery of the surrounding sand dunes, grassy pan and waterhole, can be viewed either from the main area and viewing deck situated in the middle of the eight luxury tents or from some of the tents themselves.
From this view point we saw Gemsbok, Springbok, Blue Wildebeest, Kori Bustard, plenty of Red Hartebeest and that was just the start of it. This is a great lodge for Landscape photography!
Wooden walkways lead from the main area to the eight tented units the Honeymoon tent (unit number 2) is on the left of the main area and the other seven tents are on the right of the main area.
Tent number 3 is a family unit which is close to the main building for easy access. All the tents have either king size or twin beds, en-suite bathrooms (toilet and hand basin), with an outdoor shower.
(The outdoor shower is lovely for the summer months but not so great for the winter months!)
Polentswa tented camp does not have a swimming pool due to water problems in the area, but lovely spa treatments will relax you or you can go on games drives, which are on offer either first thing in the morning or late afternoon.
Star gazing is another treat that awaits you at the lodge. Both Rooiputs and Polentswa give you an option of self-drives or guided game drives, we love the flexibility that is given to the guests!
Please be advised that there will be an update to this page by the end of December 2013 as the camp did not have furniture when we stayed there.
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