Gomoti Plains Camp is a classic tented camp with a modern elegant style overlooking the Gomoti river system in a particularly scenic and game rich area of the Okavango Delta. Ten spacious and thoughtfully designed tents offer a fantastic base to explore this exciting area. This area consists of a variety of habitats, from woodland to open grasslands and wetlands attracting an interesting array of wildlife and good concentrations of animals year round. An excellent classic camp.
Gomoti Plains Camp lies on the Gomoti concession, just south of the famous Chitabe and Sandibe concessions, well known for the excellent game viewing, and Gomoti Plains guests can expect similar excellent game viewing. This area is particularly well known for fantastic predator sightings, lion, leopard are seen regularly and even wild dog. Rhino were introduced to the area in 2017 and this remains one of the best places to see rhino in the Okavango. The plains game are numerous and varied, with regular sightings of giraffe, buffalo, zebra, impala, red lechwe, impala, warthog and much more.
The activities at Gomoti Plains Camp focus on morning, afternoon and evening drives and water activities – boating and mokoro rides are available when water levels permit. Bush walks with armed guides are also available, conditions permitting.
Gomoti Plains Camp finds the perfect balance between authenticity and comfortable luxury. It has a classic tented camp style with a modern influence which ensures a very comfortable stay.
The camp has ten rooms, eight twin or double (the beds can be made up as either) and two family rooms, set along the riverbank. All rooms are en-suite and feature plenty of thoughtful touches to ensure a comfortable stay. The rooms are positioned generously apart and back from the river on wooden platforms, allowing for privacy and a chance to enjoy the peaceful bush settings. All of the rooms have views of the river (except rooms 9 and 10) and guests can watch animals and birdlife from the day beds and chairs set out on the veranda of each tent.
The rooms at Gomoti Plains Camp are large canvas tents, with zipped entrances. The interiors are spacious and include a seating area below the bed while each tent also features a private outside deck with table and chairs to kick back and relax between activities.
The beds are positioned to give a view of the river, perfect for resting during the siesta hour with one eye on the coming and goings of the river. There is a sofa at the foot of the beds in the double/ twin rooms. The beds themselves are stylish metal framed and each bedside has anglepoise lamps on the bedside tables. The colour scheme is in keeping with the surroundings, with khakis, greys, creams and greens, with accents of bold patterns in the soft furnishings. The floors are wooden with mats.
Each tent’s en suite bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a screen. The bathrooms have twin basins each with a mirror suspended above. The lavatory and shower cubicles have roll down doors to separate them and there is both an indoor and outdoor shower which is kept private with canvas walls but which has no ceiling. The family tents are two tents with a shared sitting area and bathroom.
The main area at Gomoti Plains Camp is divided into a comfortable and elegant lounge area on one side and a dining area on the other. The main area is also canvas and one side opens onto decking. Beyond the decking is a campfire area for a pre-dinner drink. In the evenings paraffin lamps are lit to create a lovely atmosphere, light, airy and embracing the sounds of the bush.
The lounge has comfortable sofas, a small library and board games. The dining area has comfortable and chic versions of ‘directors’ chairs and is arranged in individual tables for breakfast and lunch. The arrangement is for larger tables in the evening for a more convivial feel but this is by no means obligatory and other seating plans can be arranged according to guests’ preferences. Tea and coffee is always available here. There is also a separate curio tent where you can purchase locally made or themed souvenirs.
The swimming pool is not large but it is right on the river in a secluded corner of the camp and has sun loungers and umbrellas to while away the warmer hours of the day.
Set slightly apart from the main camp is ‘Gomoti Private’ an exclusive private ‘villa’ sleeping four people which acts as a private camp operating separately from the rest of camp. Ideal for families or friends looking for an exclusive experience. Consisting of two rooms (one standard and a two- bedroom family tent) Gomoti Private also features a private lounge, dining area, chef and guide. A fully private little camp, perfect for small groups for the ultimate privacy and flexibility.
The two rooms without river views will be closed during periods when the villa is occupied, so there will not be a higher number of guests in camp.
Gomoti Plains Camp was opened in April 2017 by Machaba Safaris which also runs Machaba, Little Machaba and Verney’s Camp. It is situated in a private, community run concession known as NG 32 which is situated at the south eastern extent of the Delta. The concession is south of the Chitabe Concession and the camp is in fact only 18km south of Chitabe Camp.
Gomoti Plains Camp is situated on a tributary of the Gomoti River in a beautiful setting of tall palm trees. The wider area is diverse with mopane scrub, open grasslands and the floodplains and riverine trees surrounding the Gomoti River. During the floods, the Gomoti River system and the floodplains fill with water and pans are formed in the grasslands, allowing the wildlife to move into these grasslands from their dry season habitat of the floodplains. Because of NG 32’s southernmost position in the Delta, the water may not come in years of low flood, and of course there may not be water year-round as there is in other areas of the Delta.
The grassland areas are home to zebra, giraffe and herds of buffalo. Lion, leopard and wild dog are also found here. Bird life is also good and varied and you will see land and water based birds. The game and birdlife is known to be good all year round.
Gomoti Plains offers land and water activities. Guests may take day and night game drives and in addition to the game described above, there is the possibility of seeing rhino which were re-located from South Africa in order to protect them and some were released into NG 32.
Mokoro and boat trips offer the chance to safari from a different perspective, and a slower more peaceful pace. Though this is reliant on water levels. The mokoro trips leave from outside camp but the motorboat safaris require a twenty minute drive nearer to the Gomoti River to a deeper channel where the boats are able to operate. Walking safaris are also offered, provided that the weather and ground is suitable. Finally, for a spot of pampering, guests can book spa treatments by a therapist who will come to your room.
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