Okavango Delta

Jewel of the Kalahari

Described as the 'Jewel of the Kalahari', the Okavango Delta is a tranquil and isolated oasis set in Botswana's harsh and arid desert - widely considered as being one of Africa's best safari destinations with its special diversity of fauna and flora. The Okavango Delta is one of the largest and most important inland wetlands of the world, covering 16,000 km2, with 2500 species of plants, 65 fish species, 20 large herbivores and over 450 species of birds.

The Okavango Delta provides a true big five safari experience, with vast herds of elephant, buffalo and hippo making this fertile region their home, as well as numerous antelope, giraffe and zebra, followed by lion, leopard, cheetah and the stealthy crocodile. The delta environment has large numbers of animal populations that are otherwise rare, such as red lechwe, sitatunga, wild dogs and wattled crane. This area is a popular destination for bird watchers with over 450 species recorded, including many Okavango specials and lots of migrants during the summer months.

There is a wide variety of accommodation on offer in the Okavango Delta which caters for various budgets and interests. The Botswana Government are anxious to avoid the mass tourism that has been allowed to spoil other areas of Africa, but also to protect the fragile eco-system that is the Okavango Delta, so they have set up a policy where only a minimum amount of beds can be sold in the Okavango Delta.

As the Okavango Delta is an exclusive destination, it remains relatively wild, unpopulated and untouched.

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Abu Camp

Abu Camp is named after the lead elephant, Abu, who has starred in various films. Abu Camp is named after the lead elephant, Abu, who has starred in various films. Abu Camp, in the Okavango Delta, gives guests the unique opportunity of being part of an African elephant herd, including riding and walking with them through the bush - possibly the ultimate elephant educational safari.

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Baines Camp

The Five Suites eco-Camp, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is the perfect combination of luxury, privacy and nature. This exclusive lodge is named after the famed nineteenth century explorer and artist, Thomas Baines. Baines’ Camp, situated on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, is superb for game viewing and bird watching. The area is home to a wide variety of big game including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.

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Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango a unique and exclusive camp situated within the 1000th Unesco World Heritage Site - The Okavango Delta. Camp Okavango offers guests a year-round water wilderness experience, due to its location in the Delta. The Okavango Delta is arguably the finest wilderness wetland in the world; renowned as a haven for rare species such as the elusive Sitatunga antelope and the Pel's fishing owl. The luxury and style of Camp Okavango blends effortlessly into this wilderness and is the ideal base from which to discover the beauty of this wetland ecosystem.

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Chiefs Camp

Named after Chief Moremi of the Batawana tribe, Chief’s Camp is situated in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve and is considered to have the finest game viewing in Southern Africa. This area is also home to the Big Five. Chief’s Camp is situated on the north-western tip of Chief’s Island, in what is termed seasonal delta. The floodwaters generally infiltrate the area in June / July and remain for a period of four to five months.

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Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Camp borders the Moremi Game Reserve and the area is a fascinating combination of open floodplains, wooded islands and perennial Delta - which hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Chitabe Camp has been operational since 1997 and has developed an outstanding reputation for loyal, dedicated staff and superb guiding. Chitabe is strictly a land based camp and renowned for its wild dog population.

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Chitabe Lediba Camp

Chitabe Lediba is a smaller version of the main Chitabe Camp. Chitabe Lediba is built a few hundred metres from the main camp, on the other side of the same island The same style of tents and furniture, as the main camp, is used and game drives take place in the same area as Chitabe's guests, so the viewing experience is identical. Chitabe Lediba is an intimate camp in the Okavango Delta which is ideal for small groups and families.

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Duba Plains Camp

Duba Plains is known for the titanic clashes between buffalo and lion and was the setting for ‘Relentless Enemies’, an award-winning National Geographic documentary that records the classic interaction between the two species. Duba Plains is built on an island in the Okavango Delta, shaded by large ebony, fig and mangosteen trees and surrounded by expansive plains which are seasonally flooded. Duba is highly recommended for guests interested in predator interaction.

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Eagle Island Camp

Situated on the island of Xaxaba and surrounded by Illala Palms, Eagle Island Camp overlooks a lagoon fed by the tranquil waterways of the Okavango Delta. This area offers high quality wildlife viewing with prolific birdlife and mammal sightings. Well known at the Eagle Island Camp is the romantic Fish Eagle Bar, where guests can enjoy a drink or dinner while enjoying a spectacular sunset over the African wilderness.

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Footsteps Camp

The Footsteps camp is in a remote part of the Okavango Delta and home to two of the most perfect family friendly adventure safaris in the entire Okavango Delta; ‘Footsteps Across the Delta’ a walking safari and ‘Young Explorers‘, a specialist family safari.

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Jao Camp

Jao Camp is situated in the Jao Reserve, an area of 60,000 hectares, in the Okavango Delta. Built on a densely wooded, oval shaped island, the design of Jao Camp is awesome and spectacular. Jao is the perfect destination for excellent game viewing and a uniquely sophisticated safari experience.

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Jacana Camp

Jacana Camp is set on a heart shaped island situated on the Jao Flats. The density of date palms gives Jacana the feeling of a ‘tropical island’ Jacana Camp is a true water camp in the Okavango Delta that offers mokoro and walking safaris all year round; guests will see elephant, lion, leopard, sitatunga, red lechwe and buffalo. The Pels Fishing Owl is a favourite amongst birders, as are the greater and lesser Jacanas.

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Kanana Camp

Kanana (Setswana for paradise), is centrally situated on a private concession in the Okavango Delta. This area is home to a diversity of species, including many migratory bird species. Remote and beautiful, Kanana offers a great variety of land and water activities in the spectacular Okavango Delta. Dependent on the annual floods, the level of water transforms this dry camp into a true water experience.

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Kwara

The environments found near Kwara are large lagoon channels lined by papyrus, shallow floodplains, mopane woodlands and dry, open scrub. Guests can enjoy a diverse wildlife experience all year-round, but the focus is definitely on the water. Gliding along in silence of a mokoro dug out canoe through crystal-clear waters or visiting the famous Godikwe lagoon are highlights at Kwara.

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Kwetsani Camp

Kwetsani Camp overlooks a large floodplain and is built into a deep thicket of mangosteen, fig and palm trees. Accommodation is in tree houses which are raised three metres off the ground on stilts and linked by wooden walkways. Kwetsani offers superb land and water activities - with much of the focus depending on the water levels from the region's annual flood.

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Little Vumbura Camp

In the same concession as Vumbura Plains, Little Vumbura offers the same quality of safari in the Okavango Delta, but in a very different set up to its larger sister. Situated on a beautiful island in a private reserve in the north of the Delta, Little Vumbura, as its name suggests, is much smaller than Vumbura Plains; a truly authentic safari camp.

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Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Meaning “Place of the Giraffe,” Nxabega is known for its elegant tented accommodation with breathtaking views of the Okavango Delta. Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is an intimate, luxurious camp which offers the experience of water and wildlife on twice-daily game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, mokoro and powerboat excursions.

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is built within a forested area of the Okavango Delta, next to a permanent waterway, the Santantadibe River (from where the lodge gets its name) - a deep, wide channel leading to several beautiful lagoons. Sandibe is surrounded by an abundant array of wildlife throughout the year.

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Seba Camp

Seba Camp is situated in an ancient riverine forest with majestic hardwood trees and overlooks a perennial lagoon in the Okavango Delta with prolific birdlife and resident pods of hippo.The main area consists of two open-sided wooden structures, one of which houses the dining room, and the other contains the lounge area. Both buildings are decorated with traditional Botswana basketwork and other local artifacts. A small library is set in the lounge area. In front of the dining area, there is a small, well-stocked bar andin the central area the camp fire, which burns in the evening.

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Shinde

A well-established Okavango Delta camp, Shinde is built on a beautiful lush palm island on the edge of the Shinde Lagoon. Shinde has all year round water making it a great base for all water activities on offer being Mokoro and boat trips. Surrounded by open plains, the camp provides good sighting for elephants and wild dogs.

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Stanleys Camp

Set in an amphitheatre of Ebony and Sausage Trees on the southern tip of Chief's Island, Stanley's Camp accommodates only sixteen visitors. Stanley's offers some of the best game viewing in the Okavango Delta, including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah and the elusive wild dog.A unique Stanley's feature is an educational experience with a group of semi-habituated African Elephants. Spend a day walking with the Elephants and observe them up-close in their natural environment.

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Tubu Tree Camp

Tubu Tree Camp is a traditional style tented safari camp built on raised wooden platforms. Tubu Tree Camp offers both land and water activities, depending on the fluctuating levels of the Okavango Delta's floodwater. Diverse vegetation ranging from dry Kalahari sandveld, through to mopane forest and riverine forest on the edge of permanent waterways and floodplains, ensures incredible game viewing.

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Vumbura Plains Camp

Split into two main camps, North and South, this luxury camp has a total of fourteen rooms, all raised on wooden platforms and connected by a raised wooden walkways. Vumbura Plains Camp offers both land and water activities in a 60 000-hectare private concession that has a spectacular variety of habitats and a great diversity of wildlife.

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Xigera Camp

Xigera is situated in an area which has permanent water all year round, making it the perfect water and land activity camp. Guests can enjoy an unparalleled variety of activities including walking safaris, mokoro trips, game drives and powerboat trips, in total privacy. Xigera provides a true Delta experience with a highlight being a mokoro ride through the tranquil Okavango Delta waterways. At Xigera guests have a good chance of seeing the elusive sitatunga antelope and Pel's Fishing-Owl.

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Xugana Island Lodge

A well-established Okavango Delta camp, Shinde is built on a beautiful lush palm island on the edge of the Shinde Lagoon. Shinde has all year round water making it a great base for all water activities on offer being Mokoro and boat trips. Surrounded by open plains, the camp provides good sighting for elephants and wild dogs.

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Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge

It is built on an island in a 250km² private reserve in the Okavango Delta. Xudum’s 25,000 hectares of pristine wilderness will be shared by only eighteen guests for an exhilarating water and land experience. As well as great big game viewing, there are diverse bird and plant species to enjoy, including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl. Xudum's main lounge and dining area is built using multi-layered decks. These spaces have been designed to maximize views over the Okavango Delta wherever possible, while remaining discreetly within the treeline.

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