Most Okavango Delta accommodation is provided by well-known safari outfitters such as Wilderness Safaris and &Beyond. Most accommodation is prebooked with travel arrangements made by a tour operator. Access to remote camps and lodges is primarily by light aircraft or helicopter, although some can be reached by vehicle or boat.
Government policy, coupled with the geography of the Okavango Delta, has ensured that the Okavango Delta safari experience has remained exclusive. Most camps and lodges are sited on large concessions meaning that you might not see anyone from another camp during your stay. Even when camps and lodges share concessions activities are often restricted to their allocated area.
Camps and lodges generally focus on either water, Desert & Delta Safaris’ Xugana Island Lodge, or land, Wilderness Safaris’ Mombo Camp, activities, however camps and lodges such as Ker & Downey Botswana’s Kanana combine both activity types.
To reduce the impact on the environment camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta are required to be non-permanent. Outfitters have however not allowed this requirement to detract from the quality of their properties with the Okavango Delta containing some of the most luxurious camps and lodges in Africa. Many camps and lodges are still tented in the traditional style, with some like Footsteps Across the Delta still utilising comfortable explorer style Meru tents, but in recent years radical modern wood and canvas designs, such as &Beyond’s Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, have become popular.
All Okavango Delta accommodation is graded by the Botswana Tourism Organisation. This gives a rough understanding of the standard of the accommodation and provides a basis for comparison. It is however difficult to capture the essence of such unique properties on such a matrix based standard and grading should form one variable when comparing accommodation.
Self-supported camping is possible in the Moremi Game Reserve and some of the surrounding concessions. It must be noted that arrangements should be made before you travel both to book your campsite and pay park entry fees.