On the banks of the Boro River, in the western Okavango Delta and overlooking Chiefs Island and the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn’s Camp is set under leafy palms and African Ebony and blends naturally with its unique surroundings. Gunn’s is a traditional and intimate camp, simple and more affordable than most Okavango camps. The focus is on walking and water activities. No game drives are offered unless water levels are extremely low.
Gunn’s Camp achieves a good balance of comfort without isolating guests from the sights and sounds of the wilderness. This is an unassuming and down to earth camp with a classic Okavango safari style. Accommodation at Gunn’s Camp consists of 6 meru tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring standalone baths and outside private showers. Tents are set on platforms overlooking the delta flood plains. Each tented rooms features a private deck with chair and table while inside features separate lounge and sleeping areas.
An ideal camp for honeymooners or guests looking for a personal safari experience. Each tent is discretely set within the densely wooded island ensuring privacy and tranquillity. Furnished with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture tents at Gunn’s Camp offer a sitting area as well as private veranda.
Tents are connected to the main area via a raised wooden walkway, lit with lanterns at night, allowing access across the flood plain. The shared areas focus on an open sided two-tiered thatch structure, a downstairs lounge while an elevated main bar and dining room offers wonderful views over across the river. An ideal spot to watch the wildlife coming and going from the river and surrounding plains. Below lies a camp fire and behind the main area is a small swimming pool.
Activities focus on the rise and fall of the seasonal flood waters. The focus here is on walking, mokoro and boating. Mokoro excursions, which allow guests to experience the fascinating river life as they slip between the papyrus clad banks of the Okavango Delta on traditional ‘mokoro’ (dugout) canoes. Propelled from the stern by skilled ‘poler’ guides, these trips allow the guest to sit back and absorb the scenery. For full day trips, Gunn’s Camp can prepare delicious picnic lunches which can be enjoyed on a Delta island after an exhilarating bush walk.
Boating, when water levels permit, offers the chance to travel further along the waterways and more game viewing. The game viewing from the motorboats in this area is often very good and will usually include sightings of hippos, crocodiles, elephants and more. The birdlife is extremely interesting too. These cruises are usually organised in time to toast the African sunsets while drifting on a lagoon in the middle of the Okavango Delta.
Guests can also explore the islands of the Okavango Delta on foot under the guidance of a professional guide. These walks are a fantastic way to experience the delta at a more human scale than with a vehicle. Game walks take place in the Moremi Game Reserve, one of the few camps able to offer this experience. However it is important to note this means your guide is not permitted to carry firearms and is only armed with bear bangers.
Additionally Gunn’s Camp offer wilderness camping- a truly authentic sleep out experience. The camp will pack your mokoro with basic camping equipment and food and you will set out with your guide and find a nearby island to camp on. The evening will be spent preparing dinner around the campfire in the company of Africa’s nocturnal wildlife.
During times of extremely low water levels, when flood levels have been low and local rains poor, which mean mokoro and boating cannot be operated, then 4x4 game drives will be offered.
Finally, for those interested in learning more about the cultural side of the Okavango, a village visit can be arranged, offering a glimpse into the traditional life of the local BaYei people.
Leading the way in the Okavango Delta, Gunn’s Camp runs off a solar-panel, which powers the entire camp. Hot water is generated by a state-of-the-art solar-heated geyser system which delivers hot water to each room.
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