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Botswana Lodges in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Located in Botswana, it is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise. Spanning over 15,500 km², this is the largest inland delta in the world. It has the power to transform dry sands into a lush oasis, complete with crystal clear lagoons, reeded islands, and fertile floodplains. This remarkable environment is constantly adapting to the ebb and flow of seasonal floodwaters, creating a breathtaking panoramic Garden of Eden.

An everchanging Landscape

Even though it is dry for two-thirds of the year, the rising floodwaters create a maze of marshes, small, wooded islands, and shallow lagoons during the winter months. On the edges of the delta, where land meets water, breeding herds of elephants gently splash through shallow channels, the long necks of a family of giraffes slowly appear out of the delta skyline, and graceful sitatunga antelope hide in the reeds.
The Okavango Delta is home to around 500 bird species and over 250,000 mammals, including the endangered wild dog. This pristine part of Botswana, which can expand up to three times its size, offers a tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking beauty. From fairytale lagoons and dense forests to extensive savannahs and superb wildlife, the delta leaves visitors enchanted. The region is famous for its small-scale and personal accommodations, offering an intimate and authentic safari experience.
One of the most unique activities in the Okavango Delta is traversing the waterways on a mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe propelled through shallow waters by your skilful guide. Visitors can also explore the delta by motorized boat cruises (seasonal), on foot, or on a game drive.

Where to go

The accommodation options in the Okavango Delta range from charming under-canvas extravagance and elegant safari tents to magnificent nature-inspired lodges. These exclusive accommodations are designed to immerse travellers in the region's unparalleled beauty while providing comfort and luxury. Whether you're seeking a cosy tented camp or a lavish lodge, Botswana's Okavango Delta has something to suit every traveller’s taste and preference.
There are many factors to consider when choosing where to go on safari. Check out some of our favourite value-for-money suggestions below, whether you're looking for an affordable option with a focus on activities or that once-in-a-lifetime luxury experience. Here are some popular options, hidden gems, and even family-friendly locations.
The Okavango Delta is not just another safari destination, but a unique and enchanting paradise that offers once-in-a-lifetime memories. The delta has everything you need for an unforgettable African safari adventure, from the stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife to the wide variety of accommodation options.

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For the Budget Traveller: Oddballs Camp

Looking for an affordable escape to the Okavango Delta? Look no further than Botswana Oddballs' Camp! Situated on the edge of Chief's Island, this budget-friendly camp offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the delta. At Oddballs', you'll enjoy an extraordinary value-for-money experience in the Okavango Delta. Activities are conducted by your own professional guide, who will take a maximum of two guests. These guides are men of the swamp, born and raised in the area, and offer an intensely personal experience of the African bush. You won't find any motorized activities here - it's all about a quiet, slow experience.
Each guide has his own mokoro (pl. mekoro), used to glide you through the Okavango to nearby islands, where your guide will walk you through magnificent scenery to view game, birds, insects, plant life, tracks, signs, droppings, and other fascinating natural phenomena.

Here are some of the activities you can expect to enjoy:
• privately guided walking safaris.
• privately guided traditional mokoro excursions (dug-out canoe) (water-dependent).
• Cultural interaction at an authentic baYei village.
• Chief’s Island mokoro trail, which is a privately guided wilderness camping expedition (seasonal).

Perfect for the Family: Delta Camp

Scattered throughout the forest of a large, palm-studded island deep in the Okavango Delta, the chalets at Delta Camp are carefully designed and built to complement the natural landscape. The indigenous, old-growth trees are incorporated into the structure, sometimes even growing through the roof or floor. The chalets feature no glass in the windows to blend in with the surroundings and are often elevated onto a deck. Each chalet is individually designed and decorated to fit seamlessly into its unique setting, showcasing panoramic views of the surrounding bush and floodplains.
Delta Camp welcomes children of all ages and provides two family rooms for families to stay in. There are no age restrictions, as Delta Camp believes that parents are best equipped to determine their children's capabilities. Additionally, guests won't be going on safari activities with other guests, so they only need to consider themselves. The guides are dedicated to ensuring that the safari experience is enriching and enjoyable for all family members. Delta Camp is happy to accommodate alternative dining times for families and prepare simple food for children. There are games and reference books available in the sitting area to keep children entertained and to help them learn more about their surroundings.
We at Lelobu Safaris are thrilled to announce our Delta Camps family special, which encourages parents to provide life-affirming experiences for their children. This offer is applicable for one or two children, depending on the availability of rooms at the time of booking. Children who are 16 years or under and share a room with two parents at Delta Camp will stay for free on accommodation, meals and activities!
The lounge and dining area of Delta Camp is located at an elevated position from where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view of the swamp and riverine forest that lies before it, where the Boro and Metsematsweu channels of the Okavango confluence. From the deck, guests can witness a variety of wildlife, with elephants being frequent visitors and hippos and crocodiles being common sights. The camp provides three delicious meals per day to ensure that guests are well-fed for their walks. Tea and coffee are always available, and the bar is always open.

Here are some of the activities you can expect to enjoy:
• privately guided walking safaris.
• privately guided traditional mokoro excursions (dug-out canoe) (water-dependent).
• Chief’s Island mokoro trail, which is a privately guided wilderness camping expedition (seasonal).

Activity Packed Affordability: Moremi Crossings

Immerse yourself in the vibrant river life along the papyrus-covered banks of the Okavango Delta. You can explore the wilderness through game drives and guided bush walks or relax and take in the scenery from a traditional "mokoro" canoe. You can also explore the crystal-clear channels of the Boro River by motorboat. While drifting along a lagoon and sipping on sundowners, you can enjoy the sunset. For the adventurous, the lodge also offers a rustic island camping experience.
Moremi Crossing is located near the southern part of Chief's Island. It is situated on a small palm-fringed and treed island called Ntswi, surrounded by seasonal floodplains rich in game. The central dining area has a large open-plan deck with spectacular views over the Boro River onto Chief's Island. This half-moon-shaped area is built on different levels to give a spacious feel. The dining room, bar, and lounge are covered by a large, thatched roof that hugs the ancient riverine tree line. The whole camp is shaded by magnificent Llala Palms, Giant Ebony, Mangosteen, Sausage, and Giant Fig trees.
This area is usually the last to be affected by floods, which means that it has some of the closest sources of water for wildlife during the dry season. As a considerable portion of the reserve is covered with mopane woodlands, which is a preferred habitat for animals during the rainy and early dry season, excellent game viewing opportunities are available throughout the year.

Activities at Moremi Crossings (water activities and game drives depend on seasonal availability):
• Mokoro excursions
• Game drives
• Boat cruises
• Walking safaris
• Wilderness camping

For those who love Africa: Pom Pom

Pom Pom Camp, an eco-friendly camp, is located in the private concession of Pom Pom Island in the Okavango Delta. It is situated on the headwaters of the Xudum River system and lies on the southwestern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp offers exceptional Okavango scenery and consistent game viewing throughout the year, making it a perfect spot for those who love and live for Africa. Nestled in the treeline, the camp overlooks Pom Pom Lagoon, and each tent provides breathtaking, private views. The camp also features a dining room, lounge, bar, and swimming pool.Pom Pom Camp consists of nine luxury safari tents in true traditional safari style, furnished with en-suite, semi-open ablutions. The tents are uniquely positioned under the shade of the surrounding trees that overlook the Pom Pom lagoon.
Morning and evening game drives with highly professional guides provide excellent opportunities to see the "big game" and experience the breathtaking environment around Pom Pom. Since Pom Pom is located in a private concession, you have the opportunity to go off-road in search of sightings and also drive at night with spotlights. Additionally, as always, a mokoro trip is a fantastic way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Okavango's waterways and wildlife. Depending on the season, boating, and fishing are also possible at Pom Pom, and the guides will be happy to take you to their secret spots to try for African pike and a variety of bream species.

Seasonal activities to expect at Pom Pom:
• Game drives (off-road and night drives available)
• Mokoro excursions
• Boat cruises
• Fishing

The Quintessential Delta Experience: Shinde

Shinde is a well-known picturesque camp and one of the oldest in the area, located on a palm island in the northern Okavango Delta. The new Shinde camp was rebuilt in 2020 and is situated on the edge of the Shinde Lagoon, which is home to an abundance of plants, animals and birds.
Shinde is an ideal location for water and land activities all year round. Guests can choose from a range of activities, including Mokoro or motorboat rides to explore the amazing bird, plant, and reptile species found in the aquatic habitat of the Okavango Delta. Personal game drives are also available, conducted by a professional guide in comfortable vehicles with guaranteed individual window seats and camera mounts. For the more adventurous, guided walks are also offered, and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy catching various species like tilapia and tigerfish.
Located within a private concession, allowing for guided walks, Mokoro excursions, night drives, game drives and motorboat trips. The camp’s location in the Okavango Delta provides a unique combination of permanent water access for year-round water activities and large dry areas for game drive routes. This diversity of environments provides the perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife, including the elusive sitatunga antelope and a healthy population of leopards.

A hidden Jewel deep in the Okavango: Kanana

A gorgeous and secluded retreat on the Xudum River, Kanana is located in the southwestern part of the Okavango Delta. The area consists of a chain of islands sprinkled with palm trees, figs, ebony, and knobthorn, and is home to a wide variety of birds, plants, and animals. Due to its unique habitat, it is the perfect spot to explore the diversity of species found within the Okavango Delta. During the annual floods, parts of this concession are transformed into a true water paradise, giving guests the best of both worlds.
Due to its location, visitors can witness spectacular game sightings during drives as well as the experience of exploring the delta's stunning waterways by boat or Mokoro. Located in the Kanana Concession, the focus of activities changes with the rising and falling levels of the Okavango Delta. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, with afternoon game drives often continuing into the evening. When out on game drives, you are guaranteed a window seat, ensuring no more than four guests per vehicle and individual use of a camera mount.
Wildlife is plentiful, with frequent predator sightings such as lions, leopards, and wild dogs all making Kanana their hunting grounds. The camp also provides exclusive access to one of the largest heronries in not only the Okavango Delta, but all of Southern Africa, and is an excellent area for bird watching, with regular sightings of Pels Fishing Owl.

Luxury with Renowned Wildlife: Kwara

In 2019, Kwara Camp underwent extensive rebuilding and renovation, resulting in a luxurious, exclusive and private camp located in the northern Okavango Delta. The camp has a new setting with tall trees providing shade and a stunning view of the floodplains and nearby lagoon. With nine rooms, Kwara Camp offers two pool areas on either side of the camp, providing guests with privacy and comfort during their stay.
Kwara Camp offers the ultimate Delta experience, giving guests access to the permanent labyrinth of waterways and an expansive dry area that boasts one of the best wildlife areas in the Okavango. The camp is known for its consistent sightings of predators, including lions, cheetahs, and leopards, and occasionally rare white rhinos. Guests can also expect to see herds of elephants, giraffes, zebras, sitatunga, lechwe, impala and hippos.
Game drives are operated by a guide and tracker, which provides guests with a unique experience. Two sets of eyes searching for action and tracks ensure a better chance of sightings, especially of predators. The tracker leads the way, concentrating on tracking while the guide talks to guests, keeps them informed and answers their questions, creating a relaxed and convivial game drive atmosphere. As Kwara is located in a private concession, guests can drive off-road in search of sightings, and they can also drive at night with spotlights.

Activities available at Kwara:
• Game drives
• Year-round mokoro excursions
• Year-round sunset boat cruises
• Walking safaris
• Fishing

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