Botswana


OKAVANGO DELTA

Abu Camp

Set in age-old riverine forest, Abu Camp offers the extraordinary privilege of interacting with African elephants: meeting the individuals, walking with them and being part of a herd makes this a unique experience. Game drives, walks (on request) and mokoro trips take in the diversity of game in the area.

Abu’s six luxurious, explorer-style tents blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings. Each has a tree-shaded deck with a private plunge pool overlooking a lagoon. The main area features a well-stocked library and study; there is a gym for the energetic. Abu’s one-of-a-kind Star Bed is set over the Abu Herd’s boma and guests can spend a night here, being lulled to sleep listening to the elephants’ rumbling snores below.

Abu Camp is based on elephant conservation, believing that its elephant herd members help raise awareness about the plight of the species as a whole, and supporting meaningful scientific research projects.

Unique Selling Points:

  • Ethical, authentic encounters with a habituated elephant herd – the ultimate elephant educational safari
  • Unique activities include movie nights and sleep-outs under the stars
  • The variety of natural habitats allows for prolific general game

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Mombo Camps

Mombo Main

Mombo Camp, on Mombo Island just off the northern tip of Chief’s Island, is built under large shady trees and overlooks a wonderful floodplain teeming with wildlife. Accommodation comprises nine spacious tents raised off the ground, all built to maximise the vistas over the plains. The tent interiors are elegantly furnished with polished parquet floors, complete with an outdoor thatched sala – an ideal vantage from which to watch passing game. Bathrooms are en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers.

The main living and dining area is under thatch and there is a boma for traditional dinners, small library and a plunge pool to relax in the heat of the day. Large concentrations of plains game often occur in front of camp and guests may view a variety of animals without even leaving the veranda. Informative game drives explore the savannah and floodplain mosaics of Chief’s Island with prolific wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Unique Selling Points:

  • Arguably the best big game viewing in all of Africa
  • Bountiful hunting ground for large prides of lion and leopard
  • A sumptuous and luxurious camp in the midst of the Delta

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Little Mombo

Built under a shady canopy of jackalberry and sausage trees, Little Mombo shares the same island as Mombo, overlooking a floodplain that is host to an astonishing variety of wildlife; the abundance of the Mombo Concession has accorded it the name “Place of Plenty.”  As its name implies, Little Mombo is an intimate camp of just three tents, each with its own plunge pool, while the main area comprises a dining room, bar and lounge. Little Mombo shares a boutique, spa, gym and lap pool with Mombo. Its design expresses unashamed (but appropriate and sustainable) luxury under canvas.

Through our success in being the first to reintroduce rhino back into the Delta, Mombo and Little Mombo have shown that there is a value to be attached to natural areas and their wildlife, coupled with the benefits that this has had for biodiversity conservation as a whole.

Unique Selling Points

  • A sumptuously-appointed camp perfect for small groups
  • Found in the Okavango’s premier wildlife viewing area
  • High concentrations of plains game and their predators, including all the big cats

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Vumbura Plains Camps

Vumbura Plains (North and South)

Vumbura plains is situated in the northern Okavango Delta, on a wooded island in the same region as its sister camp Little Vumbura Camp. The camp is made up of two separate seven-roomed satellite camps. Each camp has its own elevated dining lounge and bar areas beautifully tucked away under a shady canopy of indigenous trees. The raised positions allow for spectacular views across the flood
plains.

The main areas of the camp are dotted with comfy sofa’s and idiosyncratic objets d’art. Each of the en-suite rooms are unique in contemporary design and have been created to maximize the use of natural light, wood and space. Relax in your generous bedroom, sunken lounge, sala, outdoor shower or private plunge pool. If you are travelling as a family, why not utilize the family suite, which have private decks linking the two separate rooms.

Activities are plentiful at Vumbura plains; game viewing can be done numerous ways, either an open vehicle, along the water in a mokoro or a by foot on a game walk. If you would prefer to spend the day fishing try your hand at the seasonal catch-and-release.
Birding is fantastic and a definite must for all bird lovers. Or if you would prefer to have a bash at the cultural aspect why not have a cultural tour to Gunotsogo (additional cost). For the real indulgence why not have a massage under the African sky?

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Little Vumbura

Little Vumbura is situated on a wooded island and accessible only by boat, the epitome of island living in the midst of the Delta. Water-based activities are a focus, with mekoro and boats plying the channels. Wildlife viewing and birding is consistently good all year round via game drives through the savannah areas and walks around the islands.

Little Vumbura has six beautiful tented rooms, each with views over the waving grasses of the surrounding floodplains. A pool and reading area overlook the floodplains and a star deck leads off the dining area.

The Vumbura Concession is leased from remote rural communities organised under the Okavango Community Trust. The result of this partnership includes socio-economic benefits, livelihood diversification, and benefits from training and skills development for the people of the villages – as well as more positive attitudes to tourism and conservation.

NOTE: Ballooning is offered from April to mid-October.

Unique Selling Points:

  • Intimate, small “Swiss Family Robinson” traditional camp – with style
  • Diverse area with a range of activities to match
  • Best place to see sable and wild dog in the Delta

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Duba Plains

Duba Plains Camp is one of the most remote camps in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Located on a tree-covered island in a 30 000-hectare concession known as the Kwedi Reserve, Duba Plains Camp is a small, intimate camp renowned for its unrivalled access to the titanic struggle for survival between lion and buffalo.

Accommodation at Duba Plains Camp consists of six roomy tents with en-suite bathrooms, outside showers and verandas with panoramic vistas of the Okavango Delta floodplains. The thatched lounge, dining and bar areas are raised along with the pool on wooden platforms to better appreciate the breathtaking views.

A luxury African safari at Duba Plains Camp starts by tracking down one of the enormous buffalo herds to see whether the lions are on the prowl.

But Duba Plains Camp has more to offer than just lion and buffalo, with herds of elephant feeding on the islands and hippo wading out into the deeper channels. Tsessebe and blue wildebeest dot the plains, while red lechwe are found on the fringe of the wetter floodplains. Spotted hyaena can also be seen in their own age-old conflict with the lions.

Bird life is abundant and impressive in the Okavango Delta, with Rosy-throated Longclaw, Slaty Egret and Wattled Crane often sighted.

Duba Plains Camp offers a variety of activities including day and night game drives, often tracking the buffalo herd around the concession, and leisurely nature walks. Boat cruises are dependent on the seasonal water levels in the Duba area.

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SELINDA CONCESSION

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the world-famous Savute Channel. Zarafa Camp evokes a sense of old-style safari with its four large, luxuriously appointed double or twin ‘marquis style’ tents. Hosting a maximum of eight guests, the emphasis at Zarafa Camp is on offering a personalised and private experience to guests – perfect for those who favour a more intimate experience or those who prefer the entire camp for their own, exclusive use.

Accommodation at Zarafa Camp consists of spacious tents with verandas, positioned under cool and shady trees with breathtaking vistas of the Zibidianja Lagoon. A large bedroom, en-suite bathroom, featuring a copper bath and both indoor and outdoor showers, are standard.

The main area at Zarafa Camp is furnished in the same ‘campaign’ style as the tents and evokes the traditional safari ambiance of the turn of the 20th century. Lounge and dining facilities may be enjoyed under canvas or on the full-length deck shaded by giant broad-leafed trees.

Activities at Zarafa Camp are flexible to suit guests’ particular interests and include morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Short guided nature walks from camp are encouraged, to introduce guests to some of Africa’s less prominent wildlife. Guests can relax in camp and enjoy a massage too.

Zarafa Camp boasts all of the Chobe wildlife, with a varied bird and mammal community. Abundant plains game can be found here including lechwe, kudu, buffalo, zebra and giraffe. It is also a predator-rich reserve including cheetah, wild dog, lion, and leopard. The massive herds of elephant are another highlight while a wide variety of birds – some 300 or more – can be seen.

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