Lodge style Relaxing, timeless Africa
Kick back on a Delta-island
Situated just outside the northern boundary of Moremi Game Reserve, at the heart of the Okavango Delta on remote Nxaragha Island, is Camp Okavango. Get ready for some unparalleled water wilderness experiences, because this true African safari camp offers them year-round. In a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and meandering channels, Camp Okavango is a hidden treasure. Secluded in a basin of soft Kalahari Desert sand, the freshwater oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this stunning environment. So make this camp your starting point for a mokoro boat trip through the papyrus lined Delta waterways, or relish a hike on some of the splendid, internal islands. Please note: the camp will be completely renovated in January, and is closed between January 2016 and 14 April, 2016. After that, a fresh, renewed, and even better camp is waiting for you.
Camp Okavango accommodates 24 guests in twelve East African-style individual safari tents nestled amongst the trees. And, honeymooners, there is a thatched honeymoon cottage: a completely private, romantic hideout. Tents are raised on teak platforms, feature en-suite facilities and sliding glass doors that open onto a private open-air viewing deck (how often do you experience a stunning sunrise, climbing up from the broad horizon of the African delta?). The main lodge area, also under thatch, features a bar, comfortable sitting area, wildlife reference library (to look up that brightly patterned bird you just spotted) and dining area leading to an expansive open-air patio; the perfect spot for fireside evenings. There is also a camouflaged, bird-viewing area, a sundeck and plunge pool. Although Camp Okavango provides everything you need, you will find that camp Okavango is an intimate and peaceful retreat.
Activities at Camp Okavango
With over 16.000 km² of vast delta during the annual flood season (and still 9.000 km² in dry season), there is so much to discover. Hippos (as mentioned; Alex is one of the many “locals”), birdlife, crocodiles, small frogs, elephants, lion, giraffes and many others enjoy this lush land. Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta, the quiet, old-fashioned way, in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe). For those wanting to get a little closer to nature, and actually feel the savanna grass tickle their legs, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of nearby islands. This is a great opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that also inhabit this water wilderness. Physically challenging? A bit, but also very rewarding. The guides will make sure you are safe, and that you see some extraordinary, scenic views of wildlife. Anglers may pit their skills against local bream and tiger fish. Exploring the bush will work up your appetite: brunch, lunch, sundowners and dinner are all served with love - don’t miss out on Phet’s cakes - and the food is plentiful. Leave behind the Internet and phone connection; with beautiful scenery, an excellent staff, plenty of books, board games and great food, you can let yourself sink into this once-in-a-lifetime Delta-experience.
Tripadvisor comments Camp Okavango
This place really is quite amaizing. Its pristine delta and quite unique. Found the guides very knowledgable and walking safari is a great contrast. I would recomend this place at the end of a safari as its more subtle and relaxing.joed6900 from Edinburg, Scotland
This was our third stop in our trip through Botswana, and we thought it might be a bit of a let down after Chobe and Savute. We were wrong. The mokoro trip was wonderful. Our walking safari was the highlight of our trip: leopard, hippos, crocodiles, cape buffalo, elephants, lewche, and lions. The staff here is awesome. Our guide, Zakes, was spectacular! I highly recommend including this little gem in your safari plans.Janet V from Wellington, Florida