The Okavango Delta is not just about the waterways with some of Africa’s best land based wildlife found on the floodplains and islands of this idyllic eden
With its crystal clear streams one can often forget that the Okavango Delta is not just about aquatic life. The fertile floodplains and islands of the delta are home to some of the best game viewing in Africa. Plains animals are drawn to the delta’s life giving waters and rich grasslands, closely followed by predators.
Activities at land focused camps and lodges are primarily vehicle borne, with some walking permitted in the private concessions. While water is often a welcome aspect of the landscape around these camps, activities are not offered as the conditions are not suitable for activities.
Some of Botswana’s most famous camps are set in rich game areas with only 4×4 game drives offered, such as Mombo Camp and Sandibe Camp. A land based camp usually offers excellent game viewing and combined with a water or combination camp offers a comprehensive safari experience.
Mombo is a flagship Botswana camp, one of the finest in Africa, offering superb game viewing and an extremely luxurious safari. With a prime location on Chief’s Island and some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Okavango, Mombo is top of the wish list for many. Rebuilt in 2018, Mombo reopened as an even more luxurious camp though maintaining the essence of the original Mombo which so many have come to love.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is set along ancient game paths where the gentle majesty of elephants have often tread. This is an extremely productive game viewing area. Twelve luxurious guest cottages lie beneath a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees. Here exclusive luxury can be enjoyed within an intimately wild setting. The lodge design is striking and utterly unique, the experience luxurious and the game viewing excellent.
Chitabe Camp has some of the best game viewing in the Delta. This is no surprise as the Chitabe concession is bordered on three sides by the rich Moremi Game Reserve; thrilling predator sightings are common though the game viewing is interestingly varied. Chitabe is a classic tented camp offering a traditional safari with a strong reputation for excellent guiding.
One of Africa’s most famous camps, Jack’s Camp rises like an oasis of luxury from among the lunar like Makgadikgadi Pans. Elegantly styled to capture the sense of adventure of the original explorers without compromising on comfort, Jack’s Camp is unique in style and experience-with some of the most original desert experiences in Africa available. Exploring by 4x4, on foot, quad bike or even horseback- the secrets of the desert are revealed by some of the best guides in the business.
Barclay Stenner delivers one of the most luxurious and stylish private mobile safaris in Botswana, fully bespoke, privately guided and exclusive safari experience across northern Botswana. This is a slick owner-run outfit, with a strong eye for detail, a sense of style and of course, plenty of adventure. John Barclay and James Stenner are highly experienced, passionate and engaging professional safari guides and will accompany every safari ensuring a highly personal experience.
Situated within a majestic cathedral of mopane trees, Hyena Pan Camp overlooks a watering hole deep within the Khwai Private Reserve, a 200 000 hectare conservancy on the northern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. Hyena Pan is a rustic but comfortable camp with a friendly atmosphere offering an affordable safari experience. Best experienced in the dry season when the waterhole attracts huge numbers of elephants and other animals. The photo hide is a great experience.
Set on a private concession in the pretty south-western corner of the Okavango, Mokolwane Camp lies on the Matsebi River and consists of seven tree houses. Now part of Natural Selection's portfolio, this simple and charming camp appeals to the safari enthusiast in search of a remote Okavango experience with a focus on excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities.
On a private concession in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, at the foot of Tsau Hills, this camp promises awe-inspiring views over this semi-arid region. Tsau will offer an active desert experience, with day and night game drives, horseback riding, walking as well as fly camping – allowing guests to fully explore the concession. A great opportunity to get up close and personal on foot in the Kalahari.
Nokanyana Camp, meaning “Little River”, lies on the confluence of the Khwai and Mabebe rivers, in the far east of the Okavango. This is an intimate and relaxed camp offering an affordable base to explore the area, with game drives to Moremi, Khwai and Mababe depression. With 3 family tents Nokonyaya is particularly well suited to families. Activities focus on morning and afternoon game drives.
Mogotlho meaning “camel thorn tree” is an authentic safari camp with a striking location along the Khwai River in the Mababe region on the edge of the Okavango Delta. Set on a private concession adjacent to both the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, Mogotlho Safari Lodge lies in an interesting ecosystem created as the Khwai River feeds into the Mababe Depression. Best in the dry season, this camp offers a relatively affordable Botswana safari.
In a private concession, allowing off road and night time game drives, Mma Dinare is a lovely camp located in an exciting game rich area. The experience here is land based although mokoro trips are possible when water levels allow, usually June to September. Thatched and open, the main area is a great place to relax and watch the wildlife drawn to the Gomoti river. The rooms are spacious with their own verandas.
Lebala Camp lies on the vast, remote and game rich Kwando concession, north of the Okavango Delta. The 230,000 hectare Kwando concession is a top safari destination, especially big game sightings. This huge wilderness attracts large numbers of elephant and buffalo flocking to the river in the dry season (May-October). Predator sightings are frequent and include the rare wild dog. Lebala is a traditional tented camp offering a classic big game safari experience.
Little Mombo is a smaller, more intimate version of its famous sister camp, and boasts just four luxurious tents. Renowned as “the Place of Plenty,” due to the myriad of species and large concentration of game, Little Mombo is one of Africa’s most sought after luxury camps. Connected to Mombo via a raised boardwalk, the camp enjoys its own facilities, including a dining area, boma, kitchen, lounge and swimming pool. A first-class safari experience.
With impressive views of the vast Kalahari plains, Tau Pan Camp stands on a sand ridge deep in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers a fascinating desert safari experience. This comfortable lodge overlooks a permanent waterhole which allows constant game viewing right from the viewing deck. Explore this huge, wild and remote reserve with morning and afternoon game drives, or experience the desert through the eyes of the san bushman on informative walks.
Set on a game rich private concession in the south eastern Okavango, Chitabe Lediba is the smaller, family friendly sister camp to Chitabe, ideal for small groups and families. Chitabe Lediba is situated a few hundred metres from the main Chitabe camp, on the other side of the island and benefits from the same fantastic game viewing opportunities as the main Chitabe camp. This area is known for its high concentration of predators, game drives here are some of the most exciting in the Okavango.
Nxai Pan Camp is the only permanent camp set in the striking Nxai Pan national park and offers an interesting desert experience in contrast to the lush Okavango. Nxai Pan camp is arranged around a busy waterhole with excellent views across the pans. A spacious, light and comfortable camp with a friendly atmosphere and interesting activities. Excellent between November to April, when the dazzling zebra migration arrives and the plains fill with game.
Aimed at self-drivers, Planet Baobab is a simple but charming, and rather off-the-wall, establishment just north of the Makgadikgadi Pans, near Gweta village. A unique property set around 4,000 year old baobabs with basic accommodation but plenty of character. Rooms come in the form of traditional Bakalanga mud or grass huts with quirky touches. An affordable base from which to enjoy some superb activities in the Kalahari including meerkat visits, quad biking and bushwalks.
The breath- taking Makgadikgadi Pans form the backdrop for impressive and elegantly- styled San camp. Fringed by palm trees with sweeping views over the salt pans, San Camp is an achingly romantic and truly enchanting Bedouin-style oasis in the Kalahari. This chic camp offers a luxurious desert safari and an impressive range of exciting activities- with day and night game drives, san bushman walks, meerkat visits, quad biking and much more.
On the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, beneath the rattling palms on Hyena Island, lies Camp Kalahari. This is a simple and relaxed camp with buckets of charm and an ideal base for guests exploring the Kalahari salt pans. The desert safari experience here is excellent, with a captivating list of activities including game drives, San bushman walks, quad biking and meerkat visits. Popular with all looking for something different, especially families.
Deep in the Khwai Private Reserve, Khwai Skybeds offers a thrilling and fun way of experiencing the African bush for a night under the stars. Three thoughtfully designed skybeds offer plenty of comfort, including a private bathroom below deck. Skybeds overlooks a busy waterhole which attracts wildlife from miles around. Memories of listening to the elephants drinking at night as you gaze at the stars from your bed will stay with you long after you leave.
Set deep into the southern reaches of the famous Chobe National Park lies the sumptuous Savute Elephant Lodge, one of the most luxurious safari lodges in Botswana. With an superb location overlooking a game lively waterhole this smart lodge offers a supremely comfortable base to explore this exciting corner of Botswana, well known for its dramatic animal sightings. Activities focus on morning and afternoon drives.
Feline Fields is a beautiful boutique lodge, an oasis in some of Botswana’s most remote and harsh landscapes. Great thought has gone into every detail offering the very highest level of luxury and service. It offers a unique and spoiling experience and a wonderful variety of activities there is something for everyone here- nature lovers, culture vultures, sports enthusiasts and spa seekers. One of the best and most authentic San Bushman experiences is found here.
Dinaka is a classic luxury tented camp set on a large private reserve on the border of the stunning Central Kalahari Game Reserve offering an exciting range of activities. The game viewing here makes for a fantastic contrast to that of an Okavango safari and really showcases the variety of Botswana's wildlife. Dinaka is a smart, well -run camp offering game drives, san bushman walks, a photo hide and sleepout options thereby ensuring a complete and well-rounded desert safari experience.
Migration Expeditions Camp is a new tented camp in Nxai Pan National Park shining a spotlight on the dazzling Zebra migration which occurs here around Dec-March every year. This is a simple and authentic seasonable camp, operating between November and March, when a little known but staggering natural phenomenon occurs here - the longest migration in Africa. It brings not only Zebra but other antelope and the opportunistic predators that instinctively follow on their trail.
Savute Safari Lodge has a superb location on the banks of the Savute Channel, in the southern reaches of the Chobe National Park. This is a traditional lodge offering a fantastic safari experience. Smart but unpretentious and extremely comfortable, the lodge has a friendly atmosphere and ideal location for exploring the Savute Marshes. A steady flow of animals visiting the waterhole below the lodge allows you to enjoy an exciting sofa safari from the lodge.
Savuti lies in the heart of the Linyanti reserve in the far north of Botswana. Once dry, the Savute channel is currently running, beckoning you to marvel at this incredible ecosystem. Savuti is an intimate camp of seven raised tents and a low-water hide- a favourite playground for cavorting elephants. Explore on land or by boat along the channel before dreaming away the African night in a unique starbed, waking up to the dawn chorus of birdsong and surrounding animal life.
Pangolin Photo Camp is a simple tented camp aimed at wildlife photographers looking to improve their photographic skills and enhance their portfolio. This is a semi-mobile camp, moving locations on a private concession in the pretty Selinda region, west of the Okavango. Photo tuition, cameras, SD cards and lenses are available in camp free of charge. The camp is hosted by a Pangolin Photo Host to provide photographic advice and features an editing tent for group post-production sessions.
Sango Safari Camp is a classic safari tented camp nestled in the shade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the a good affordable base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat well known for its good game viewing.
Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Game Reserve, sits the luxurious Khwai River Lodge. The area is renowned for its large concentrations of animals. This sophisticated lodge offers a luxurious safari experience, with extremely well appointed rooms, fine dining and even a spa for those quiet hours between activities.
Mashatu Lodge offers a luxurious safari experience and a fantastic range of safari experiences. This beautiful lodge is popular with couples and families alike and the range of activities ensures there is something for everyone, from slow safaris in the photo hide to adrenaline pumping horse riding and cycling safaris. Mashatu Private Reserve lies in the wild and remote environs of eastern Botswana and boasts some of the region’s finest and year round game viewing.
An oasis of luxury in the striking southern reaches of the Kalahari desert. Tswalu Kalahari is set on the largest private game reserve in South Africa, bordering Botswana, and offers one of the most exclusive safaris in Africa. This outstanding wilderness is shared between just two lodges, Tswalu Motse and Tswalu Tarkuni. Undulating dunes and savannah grasslands lie between dramatic mountain ranges, explored on horseback, 4x4 or on foot.
There are a number of specialist camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta which focus on the waters, aquatic life and spectacular birdlife of the Delta. Normally situated on permanent waters of the delta these camps offer walking safaris, mokoro (the traditional dug-out canoe) and motorboat excursions. Importantly, being set...View Properties
Mostly set in the vast private concessions which surround the Moremi Game Reserve, these Okavango camps offer a variety of land and water activities for a comprehensive Okavango experience. A combination of 4×4 game drives, walking, mokoro and boating safaris are offered. Some mixed camps are set near permanent waters...View Properties
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