A classic six night Okavango safari, split equally between private concessions on the east and west of the Okavango delivering a fantastic all round safari experience. A full range of land and water activities from beautiful and diverse habitats keeps the safari experience interesting, fresh and exciting every day. Pom Pom Camp and Splash Camp complement each other very well and both have a strong focus on tracking big game- all game drives feature both a tracker and guide. With permanent waters and good resident game this is a solid itinerary option for any time of year.
The itinerary begins with 3 nights in the west off the Okavango, at Pom Pom camp, followed by 3 nights in the east of the Okavango, at Splash Camp. Sister camps which combine well, ending at the smarter camp for a more luxurious experience.
Pom Pom is a one of the oldest camps in the Okavango, and one of the most popular. Set on a private concession in the west of the Delta bordering the Moremi Game Reserve with fertile flood plains this is a great area to see plains game and the accompanying predators. This a particularly pretty part of the Delta- with large floodplain grasslands and islands of acacia woodland, and together with the lagoon offer a wonderful variety of natural environments for interesting and varied wildlife.
This is a traditional tented camp, rustic but comfortable camp with a very scenic location overlooking the reed-fringed Pom Pom Lagoon. While the water levels of this lily peppered lagoon will vary with the rise and fall of the flood, the Xudum river system which reaches across the concession ensures water is never far away. As a result there is good resident game in this area, meaning Pom Pom ensures a good year round safari experience. Activities include day and night 4x4 game drives, boating, walking and mokoro trips – water levels permitting.
Splash Camp lies in the east of the Okavango, and is a new and more luxurious tented camp. Set on the vast private Kwara Concession of 232,000 hectares, shared between just two camps, Kwara and Splash. This is an incredibly exclusive safari. The Kwando Reserve is one of the most famous in Botswana, with a fantastic range of habitats and prime game viewing- big concentrations of elephant, and importantly, buffalo-which in turn attracts large predator numbers, producing some explosive game viewing. They have great sightings of lion, leopard, wild dog and even cheetah which is rare in the Okavango.
The Kwara concession also benefits from year round water, which draws such great game. Splash have a great track record for offering water activities year round so you can be confident of enjoying that quintessential Botswana safari experience, a mokoro trip, gliding silently through the waterways and seeing the game at eye level is a very special experience. Boating is also offered on a double decker boat which offers great views across the waters and floodplains.
Both camps are operated by Kwando Safaris, one of the oldest Botswana operators who stand out for their focus on delivering superb game viewing experiences. To this end, and uniquely in Botswana, they have both a guide and a tracker on board, doubling the expert eyes on your drives and chances of finding those rare sightings.