Water Levels – January 2017

The Okavango Delta is fed by the Kavango River from catchments in the Cuando-Cubango basin and flows past Rundu in Namibia before arriving at the head of the Okavango Delta. Flow levels at Rundu give an excellent indication of future water levels in the delta. As of 10 January the reading was is 5.51m over 1m above normal for this time of the year.

Kavango River flows are still increasing and are expected to rise due to good rains received in their head-water catchments within. Local rainfall within the delta have also been heavy in contrast to earlier in the rainy season.

Duba Plains Camp – Images

Duba Plains Camp will reopen in March 2017. These images capture the design of the new camp situated in a prime game viewing location.

Letaka Safaris - Tent dawn

Letaka Safaris announce windows seats for all guests

Letaka Safaris have announced that they have decreased the maximum number of guests on their scheduled departures from 9 to 7 guests. This allows every guest to be guaranteed a window seat for the duration of their safari. This is turn has led to a reduction in the rate for our photographic departures; the Shutter Safari and our Photographic Workshops. The Shutter Safari will now be a maximum of 7 guests and at the same rate as the Northern Highlights departures. The difference being that the Shutter Safaris will be focused on photography allowing the guests to be with like-minded individuals so that there are no arguments over the length of stay at a sighting! Photographic Workshops will still be a maximum of 6 guests with your pro photographer and pro guide.

Letaka Safaris - Grant Reed

See Africa through the eyes of a safari guest

A unique wildlife documentary “Safari Brothers” follows the Letaka brothers, Grant and Brent Reed, as they operate both Letaka Safaris and the Okavango Guiding School. The uniquely programme allows viewers to see an African safari through the eyes of a guiding student or safari guest as it follows prospective guides and actual guest through their experiences in the great untamed spaces of northern Botswana.

Over six episodes you will gain a wonderful understanding of life in the wilds of northern Botswana, the animals, the people and the land.

Global Release Dates

Nat Geo Wild USA 14th October 2016
Nat Geo Wild UK 1st November 2016
Nat Geo Wild SE Asia 1st November 2016
Nat Geo Wild Middle East 1st November 2016
Nat Geo Wild North Africa 1st November 2016
Nat Geo Channel India 1st November 2016
Nat Geo Channel Korea 1st November 2016
Nat Geo Wild Africa 4th November 2016
Nat Geo Wild Europe 4th November 2016
Nat Geo Wild Germany 18th November 2016
Nat Geo Wild Australia 11th December 2016

Chiefs Camp - Activity

Chief’s Camp Re-opening

Located on the extraordinary Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Retreats flagship property Chief’s Camp has recently been re-opened following a complete re-build. This magnificent lodge combines outstanding comfort with some of the best game viewing in Africa. With ten luxury pavilions and the Geoffrey Kent Suite, Chief’s Camp sets new standards on the safari circuit.

Great Plains - Plane Interior

Executive Cessna Grand Caravan

Great Plains Conservation have announced the launch of their executive Cessna Grand Caravan. With just nine seats the reduced capacity Cessna Caravan allows guests to reach their destination in extreme comfort.

The Okavango Delta’s Duba Expedition Camp in the 77 000 acre Duba Concession is easily combined with Great Plains other properties in Botswana, Zarafa Camp and Zarafa Dhow Suites, Selinda Camp, Selinda Explorers Camp and Selinda Adventure Trail.

Camp Okavango - New room looking outward

Desert & Delta Safaris – Family Units

Desert & Delta Safaris have announced their introduction of specialist family safaris. These versatile safaris are designed around children to ensure that they get the best out of their African safari. With tailored activities, these safaris are fun and educational for the whole family. Children recieve a safari bag with activity books, check lists other surprises to keep them busy. Special excursions include mokoro races (dependent on water-levels), fishing trips and interactive educational talks. Regular safari activities are planned around and adapted to the family’s wishes.

Camp Moremi – Family Unit

Recently constructed, the Camp Moremi family tent with its two en-suite bedrooms is perfect for families accommodating up to three children.

Camp Okavango – Family Unit

The expansive family suite at Camp Okavango has two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Savute Safari Lodge – Family Unit

The family suite at Savute Safari Lodge has two en-suite bedrooms. A third child can be accommodated in the family room with the addition of an extra bed in the suite.

Camp Okavango - New room

Camp Okavango – New Rooms

Desert & Delta Safaris have released images of the completely rebuilt rooms at Camp Okavango which will reopen on 14 April 2016 having been completely reconstructed.

Comprising eleven guest suites and one family suite, Camp Okavango has been built around local vegetation and linked by an elevated walkway through the trees. The elevated suites make the most of their location on Nxaragha Island with expansive views over the Okavango Delta.

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp - Pool

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp – Refurbishment

&Beyond have announced additional upgrades to Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp as it under goes a refurbishment.  The camp will be closed from 3 January to 11 May 2016.

The upgrade will now include all ten luxury tents which will be refreshed and rebuilt to to be fresh with glamorous, light and earthy interiors.   Tents will be reconfigured to include an entranceway at the back of the tent with front-facing beds making most of the delta views.  Ensuite bathrooms will include both an indoor and outdoor shower and the private veranda will be extended and will boast a comfortable, spacious sitting area with refreshed furniture.  A private sala will provide the perfect retreat when not on one of the camp’s fabulous game activities.   A family tent will be created by converting two tents,  ensuring an excellent safari experience across the generations.

Eagle Island Lodge - Tent interior bed

Eagle Island Lodge – New Photographs

Following an extensive rebuild Belmond Safaris’ Eagle Island Lodge was reopened on 22th November 2015.

This incredible re-imagining of one of the oldest and best known camps in the Okavango Delta has fused modern design with some of the most iconic aspects of a traditional safari camp. Known for their supremely comfortable lodges, Belmond Safaris have drawn on their considerable experience as a safari outfitter to craft tents with great attention and detail. The elegant main building continues in this line and the camp is sure to build on Belmond Safaris reputation.


Latest Photographs from Eagle Island Lodge