The world’s largest inland delta, teeming with game, offering outstanding land and water-based mokoro safaris and world-class bird-watching.
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This luxurious but rustically-designed camp sits away from the crowds, in a 60,000-hectare private concession in the northwest of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
It specialises in water-based activities – you can head out on safaris by traditional mokoro (a wooden longboat) and speedboat – while onshore game drives take you to Handa Island, where the local game comes to graze.
It’s an exclusive set-up: there are six twin tents, two king-size tents and a family tent for up to five guests. Rooms are extremely comfortable, situated on raised decks with pretty views over the water, and decor is relaxed and neutral, featuring wood, natural fibres and ethnic accessories – it feels like you’re in the African bush.
Each room has a private outdoor ‘sala’, an outdoor living room that’s well-cushioned, set beneath trees and ideal for lazing about in the afternoon – or Champagne in the evening.
There’s a romantic vibe, and plenty of treats for urbanites, too: a full spa, a gym, two pools, and very good food and wine. Romantic treats include couples’ spa treatments, champagne dinners or private dining set up in scenic spots.
Big cat lovers should head here to see lion prides up close (they’re tracked by the camp, so they know where to look) and leopards protecting their cubs.
Taking the kids
They welcome kids 6 years and over. Their ‘Bush Buddy’ kids program includes tracking lessons, where guides show them how to track animals and make a plaster mould of prints they find, and fishing for tiger fish. At camp, they’re encouraged to use the environment in arts and crafts, including kids’ favourite: paper-making with elephant dung.
It’sa a 35-minute flight from Maun airport to the Jao airstrip where they will collect you, then a 10-minute drive to the camp.
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