Camp Okavango is owned and operated by Desert & Delta Safaris. This company runs some high-quality camps and lodges across Botswana, from the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve to Chobe National Park and the Makgadikgadi Pan. Camp Okavango has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all scheduled safari activities, and a laundry service. The camp is open all year round. There’s a minimum age requirement of 6 years.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via 5 minutes’ walk from the local airstrip. It’s situated on the remote Nxaragha Island, within the North Delta’s Shinde Concession and close to the Moremi Game Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT CAMP OKAVANGAO:
Guest accommodation consists of 12 tented suites, including one family unit. All structures nestle into the trees around camp and are raised above ground level on smart teak platforms. Entering a standard-size suite, you’ll find yourself in a very spacious open-plan bedroom and lounge area. The bedroom contains a double bed or twin beds, headboard lighting, a writing desk and chair, and two wardrobes. In the lounge area, there’s comfy seating and a small table for drinks, for example. Additional in-room amenities include fans, a safe, a flashlight, an umbrella, and an air horn for emergency use. The en-suite facilities comprise separate flush toilet, twin washbasins, and walk-in double shower. Sliding doors lead out onto a private deck, where you can relax on a sunlounger and marvel at views over the Delta! The family tent offers a second en-suite bedroom, and it can sleep a maximum of two adults and two children.
The communal buildings at Camp Okavango are accessed from the guest tents via elevated wooden walkways. Additional walkways connect the main areas. These include two lounges, each featuring well-cushioned seating around coffee tables, elegant lighting, and a few intriguing artefacts. Dining at camp takes place not only in the chic indoor dining area, but also at a variety of al fresco locations such as the viewing decks, which occupy a lower level. There’s also a library with laptop for internet access, a useful self-service bar, and a curio shop where you can purchase some souvenirs! The decks have two fire-pits, great for getting to know your fellow travellers and sharing stories of your time on safari. And there’s a swimming pool too, on its own deck not far from the main areas. Surrounded by sunloungers and parasols, the pool is perfect for cooling off in between trips into the concession.
ACTIVITIES AT CAMP OKAVANGO:
Camp Okavango offers a good range of activities, which we have listed below. Please note, there’s a minimum age requirement of 12 years for mokoro excursions. Additionally, although the camp offers walks, at present we do not recommend that any of our travellers goes on them.
Motorboat safaris- Camp guides also lead safaris aboard a motorboat. These traverse the concession’s maze of lagoons and channels, in search of huge hippos, crocodiles, and waterbirds.
Mokoro excursions- Exploring Shinde’s waters while riding a mokoro, a dug-out canoe, is highly recommended for safarists hoping to get really close to the concession’s water-dwellers. As the mokoro doesn’t have a motor, you can concentrate on the sounds as well as the sights of the waterways.
Fishing (season dependent)- Fishing for tigerfish and bream, on a catch-and-release basis, is available during most months of the year. Please contact a member of our team for further details.
Helicopter flights- This activity incurs an extra cost, but it’s well worth it for amazing views over the Okavango Delta!
Guided bush walks- The Shinde Concession contains some very scenic islands, which is where the camp operates its walking safaris. However, we do not recommend the walks and advise our travelers against going on them. This is because the walks currently take place without an armed escort, and it is very possible to come across four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Desert & Delta is working on getting a licence for the camp’s walking guides to carry a firearm, and once this has been obtained we’ll start recommending the walks. For the latest information, please call to speak with a member of the YZ team.