Accommodation in the Okavango Delta falls across three broad categories – water, land and mixed camps – categorized by the activities they offer. We generally recommend combining water and land camps, or a mixed camp, for a comprehensive Okavango experience.
Water camps are usually set in the permanent delta and offer boating, mokoro excursions and walking. The focus is on the unique delta environment, its distinctive waterways, birds and aquatic creatures. These environments do not typically support big game or game drives and as such these are generally slower paced safaris. Example’s include Camp Okavango and Setari Camp.
Land based camps offer game drives and sometimes walking safaris, with a focus on the extraordinary game which is attracted to this oasis in the desert. The fertile floodplains and islands of the delta are home to some of the best game viewing in Africa with great concentrations of animals in the vicinity of camps such as Mombo Camp, Chief’s Camp and Chitabe Camp. While water often features in the beautiful landscapes around these camps, water activities are not offered as the conditions are not suitable for safe boating or mokoro trips.
Mixed camps provide both land and water activities. However it is important to note that many mixed camps cannot offer water activities year round, and will only be able to conduct water activities with the arrival of the annual flood. Moreover in drought years, when flood levels are low, water activities may not run all year. There are a selection of camps such as Shinde Camp, Kwara Camp and Kanana Camp which can guarantee water and land activities year round. All of this we take into account and detail for you when planning your safari itinerary.
Most accommodation in the Okavango delta is provided by well-known safari outfitters such as Wilderness Safaris, &Beyond and Desert and Delta. Accommodation and all travel arrangements are booked through an independent tour operator (such as Okavango Delta Explorations) who offer independent advice on all the various operators’ camps, tailoring itineraries to include any preferred camps and all the necessary logistics. Access to remote camps and lodges is primarily by light aircraft on a shared charter basis, or helicopter, although some of them 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.
To reduce the impact on the environment all accommodation 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 utilizing 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 accommodation in the Okavango Delta is graded by the Botswana Tourism Organization. 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.
African Bush Camps has a diverse portfolio ranging from simple camps to luxury lodges in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.View AllACCOMMODATION
&Beyond operates three camps in the Okavango Delta. The original and more traditional Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, the chic and upmarket Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and their flagship premier property Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, which stands out for its unique design and luxurious accommodation.View AllACCOMMODATION
Belmond Safaris operate two properties in the Delta. When combined with Savuti Elephant Camp these provide a broad mix of land and water camps.View AllACCOMMODATION
Bushways is a long established mobile operator providing a variety of exciting ways of accessing the Okavango Delta as well as the wider region. Bushways also has a number of affordable camps in the Okavango and Chobe. Bushways run a number of group tours on a scheduled departure basis, from 6 to 16 nights long. As well as the Okavango, their mobiles cover the Kalahari, Makgadikgadi, Savuti, Chobe, Caprivi and Victoria Falls.View AllACCOMMODATION
One of Botswana’s leading local operators, Desert & Delta Safaris was established in 1982 and now boasts a portfolio of 8 lodges and offers one of the most established safari circuits in Botswana. The lodges are set in prime locations in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park and the banks of the Boteti River on the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The company’s characteristic warm and professional service with excellent guiding and superb value for money has ensured the Desert & Delta Safari circuit remains one of the most popular in Botswana.View AllACCOMMODATION
Great Plains Conservation has at its heart the desire to create innovative, world-class conservation projects throughout Africa, funded through the profits of their excellent safari camps.View AllACCOMMODATION
While most of the camps in the Okavango are run by large safari operators there are a significant number of independent camps which also offer an excellent safari experience through a variety of accommodation options. From specialist mobile outfits to permanent camps and lodges. The Botswana safari industry and choice available to visitors is certainly enriched by these independent outfits.View AllACCOMMODATION
With an excellent selection of camps across the Okavango Delta and Kalahari, Ker & Downey Botswana prides itself on the quality of its hosting and guiding. This combined with the company’s small camps provides an excellent safari experienceView AllACCOMMODATION
Kwando Safaris are a wholly Botswana owned Company operating some of the oldest and finest camps in Botswana in a traditional style of safari. A portfolio of eight camps all set on prime locations, totally over one million acres of land for exclusive use, a kwando safari is extremly exclusive.View AllACCOMMODATION
Providing the Okavango Delta’s premier mobile safaris, Letaka Safaris provides trips both in northern Botswana and Zambia. In addition to their excellent standard itineraries they also offer specialist birding safarisView AllACCOMMODATION
Machaba Safaris is a small owner run safari outfit offering classic luxury tented safaris in Botswana and Zimbabwe. With three very good camps in the Okavango and one boutique lodge in Chobe, Machaba Safaris offers a classic safari experience with a perfect blend of the authenticity and luxury.View AllACCOMMODATION
Natural Selection is a collection of family owned businesses who have partnered with the shared purpose of offering unique safari experiences alongside a commitment to conservation. Founded by one of the biggest names in the business, Natural Selection is fast becoming a major safari operator in the region. Their diverse portfolio of camps ranges from high end luxury to rustic adventure across a diverse range of areas including the Kalahari and Okavango.View AllACCOMMODATION
“Touching the Earth lightly” is the mantra of new operator Okavango Hidden Gems. Okavango Hidden Gems has three camps in NG 32, in the far south of the Delta, Camp Maru and Amber River Camp (opening in 2020) and their Roving Safari Camp.View AllACCOMMODATION
Sanctuary Retreats has a full spectrum of properties across Africa. A five star lodge operator, Sanctuary Retreats operate three properties in the Okavango Delta, including Chief's Camp, as well as Chobe Chilwero just outside the Chobe National Park. Baines’ and Stanley’s Camps offer elephant interaction.View AllACCOMMODATION
Under One Botswana Sky is the sister company to Kwando Safaris and operates the Nata and Chobe lodges. Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge are popular lodges offering affordable accommodation in Kasane with easy access to Chobe National Park. Just south of the Makgadikgadi pans, Nata Lodge is a popular lodge with self-drivers. A number of good value packages are offered in combination with the Kwando camps.View AllACCOMMODATION
Operating camps and lodges throughout Africa, Wilderness Safaris is one of the foremost safari outfitters on the continent. The company offers a wide range of safari experiences, including their premier camps and expeditions, the focus of all their safaris is on Africa’s incredible wildlife. The company offers a wide range of safari experiences, from rustic expedition camps to premier camps including flagship Botswana properties like Mombo, Abu, Vumbura and Kings Pool.View AllACCOMMODATION
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