Kadizora Camp lies in a scenic corner of the northern Okavango offering a range of land and water activities, and it is one of the few camps able to offer hot air ballooning. With the option of standard or luxury tents Kadizora is able to appeal to a range of travellers – all benefitting from the same good game viewing experience. A good value camp in a lovely and game lively private concession.
Kadizora Camp is part of Africa Wild Lodges Group and is located in the private NG12 concession, on the seasonal floodplain between the Selinda Spillway and the Vumbura River. The camp consists of eight luxury and four standard tents which have either twin beds or a conversion to a double bed. Each also boasts an en suite bathroom and an outdoor decking where guests can sit and admire the landscape from the quiet of their own room. They are well furnished in a classic safari style and have Persian style rugs and crewel work cushions and armchairs. The bedroom tents are positioned to provide seclusion and privacy whilst also offering fabulous views over the majesty of the floodplain.
The main area of camp is an attractive and atmospheric pole and canvas open sided tent construction. There is a decked area for dining (which alternatively might take place in the dining room on cooler evenings) and a central sandy area where guests may relax around the camp fire after dinner enjoying a drink and the sounds of the Delta night.
A significant selling point of Kadizora Camp is the hot air balloon safari offering, which is available on request between April and September. Guests will leave camp pre-dawn to drive to the balloon take-off site and this journey is a good opportunity to see nocturnal wildlife. At the launch site you will be welcomed by the pilot and offered a warming drink whilst the balloon is fired up. The flight itself is magical; you will see the sun rise as you glide silently over the plains, giving a unique perspective on the landscape and a 360͘͘͘͘ degree view of the movements of the animals. When you land, you will mark the experience with champagne and nibbles and be given a certificate by the pilot as a souvenir of the flight.
Game drives are also a good way to explore the area. You will drive through mopane forest, floodplains and semi-desert and should view a plethora of game: lion, leopard and cheetah as well as giraffe, zebra and many antelope including, when the flood arrives in February to late September, the water specialist lechwe and of course hippo and crocodile. Birdwatching is particularly good during the flood season.
Kadizora further offers bush walking which allows a completely different experience of the bush. You will observe plants and smaller insects and creatures which you simply cannot see when on a conventional game drive. The guides will also bring alive the details of animals’ tracks and spoor and the uses of plants for traditional remedies.
In terms of water activities, the camp offers mokoro (dugout canoe) trips, enabling guests to glide through the papyrus-lined channels from a vantage point of sitting mere inches above the clear waters of the Delta. The expert polers will ensure a safe route through the maze-like waterways. You can also take motorboat trips and will see pods of hippo and pre-historic crocodiles sunning themselves or floating below the waterline with their eyes alert above the surface. Clients should note that water activities will not be available all year round due to the concession’s position in the North of the Delta and these activities will be entirely dependent on the water levels.
Guests are also able to fish with spinners from a boat during the fishing season where barbel, bream or pike might be part of the catch. The Kadizora cooks will happily prepare what you catch and it can be served to you for that day’s meal.
Kadizora is also able to arrange trips to visit the Gunotsuga community, enabling you to experience and understand the human side of life in rural Botswana including seeing a traditional village.
Finally, guests can take a night game drive. Nocturnal hunters such as lion and leopard might be seen hunting and there is a higher probability of this at night. Hippos leave the river and graze the grasses and smaller animals such as bush babies and aardvarks also become more active after sunset. You will hear new and unaccustomed sounds and find yourself immersed in a world completely different from your daylight Delta.
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