The Okavango Delta is famous all over the world because of its stunningly beautiful floodplains that occur once every year becoming one of the largest Delta’s in the world. An Okavango Delta Safari has long been famed for its abundant wildlife and the chance to experience dramatically changing moods and seasons. The Delta was formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in an endorheic (a basin or lake having no external body of water or outflow such as a river or ocean, only losing its water through the process of evaporation or being soaked up by the ground) basin in the Kalahari desert. Okavango Safaris are the real home of bespoke Botswana safaris. It hosts some of the world’s most opulent lodges. Encountering African elephant, hippo, buffalo, topi, lechwe, lion, wild dog, cheetah, white and black rhinos, and a whole lot more (!). We want to show you some of our top stays in this stunning part of Africa.
Sandibe is a very luxurious, intimate lodge with 8 uniquely designed suites. The lodge has views of the vast Moremi Game Reserve and being unfenced and in their very own private concession, you will not only be able to witness wildlife wandering past and through the camp, but you also have the freedom to explore as you like. One of our highlights here is dinning under the stars with the noises of the surrounding bush lulling you into a wonderful sleep.
Little Mombo and Mombo Camp located within the Mombo Concession at the northern tip of Chief’s Island. The area boasts enormous concentrations of plains game and predators – Mombo Camp and Botswana thereby providing some of the best game viewing throughout Africa. Built under large, shady trees and overlooking the floodplains which teem with wildlife all year round. Mombo Camp includes nine spacious tented suites, raised above the ground on wooden decking. All suites have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers so you can choose if you want to shower under the stars or keep inside (We know which one we would choose!). All the rooms have superb views; the sala, long veranda and lounge area all taking advantage of this. Mombo Camps main mess area is under a large, thatched roof, with adjacent boma where you can sample delicious cuisine under the stars.
Xudum is another outstanding lodge, consisting of nine luxurious, private, and spacious suites. Xudum Lodge boasts rooftop hides in each of their suites, wonderful to while the hours away in between mokoros, boating and fishing. The lodge is built out of natural materials and offers a tranquillity which is unrivalled elsewhere.
Mapula lodge is another stunning lodge and one which is phenomenal for game viewing even from your own tented suites. From the main swimming pool, you can even enjoy a glass of something in the pool whilst watching elephant meandering by. Activities include game drives, morning, and evening so you can search for breeding herds of elephant and prides of lion. Fly camping is also available, so you can sleep under the stars as well! Hot Air Balloon rides and heli flips over the delta are also available (at an extra cost).
We will continue our tops places to stay in the delta in our next blog – there are quite a few!