on the northern fringes of the famed Okavango Delta
Mapula Lodge is located in the private NG12 Concession (also known as the Mapula Concession or Okavango Sekwana Concession) and is set amongst established trees. The treed island on which Mapula Lodge lies is found in the midst of seasonal floodplains on the Selinda Spillway, which is the river that connects the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti river.
The camp became part of the Natural Selection collection of properties in 2011 and since then has been revamped in a safari chic style but with a quirky and relaxed feel. The accommodation consists of nine tents: six twins, two doubles and one family tent. These are constructed in canvas and thatch, each with en suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers, metal framed four poster beds, kilim rugs, brass lanterns and butler trays.
The central area of camp has a swimming pool in which you can cool off and absorb the Delta surroundings after the morning game drive. The lounge has comfortable armchairs and sofas in which to relax. A sunken area overlooking the permanent lagoon next to which the lodge lies is known as the “chill-pit”.
The lagoon is a source of many good bird sightings. Indeed, bird-watching enthusiasts will find much to delight as the birding is regarded as excellent; the wattled crane is particularly endangered and there is a good chance of spotting this as well as myriad other birdlife including carmine bee-eaters and African paradise flycatcher. In terms of larger game, there are resident herds of buffalo and elephant. Lion sightings are known to be particularly frequent and you are also likely to see leopard and cheetah and even African wild dog. Crocodile and hippo will be seen around the waterways. You may even spot the elusive Sitatunga. Plains animals such as zebra, giraffe and multiple species of antelope are part of the scene. In addition, you might encounter smaller predators such as serval and caracal.
Activities include game drives and the unique ‘fly dining’ experience of eating a three course dinner under the stars. Mokoro and boating activities and the opportunity to spend a night in the wild ‘fly camping’ in a mosquito net tent are also available although these are both dependent on water levels and may be limited in the low water season from October to January.