-Tranquil lagoon-side location
-12 rooms, newly upgraded
-Boat trips, nature walks, seasonal fishing
-Friendly, efficient staff
Camp Okavango is a newly upgraded ecosensitive lodge located on Nxaraga Island in the heart of Northern Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Hidden amidst an extensive maze of reed-lined waterways, this tranquil and remote camp is reached via light aircraft, with a short 5 minute walk to the accommodation itself. Okavango is located in the private Shindi Concession so there are fewer safari restrictions here than in National Parks.
The communal areas of the camp are well set out amidst the ancient mangosteen trees. There is a traditional thatch and lethaka (reed) main lodge featuring a bar, wildlife reference library and lounge. The separate dining room leads onto an expansive open-air patio and sweeping ramps lead to a lower-level deck with two open-air fire pits and comfortable seating. There is also a curio shop and a small rim flow swimming pool with a thatched lounge deck.
The Okavango Delta is a world heritage site with rich wildlife and plenty to explore. Wet and dry safari activities are offered year-round by experienced local guides. Boat trips in traditional mokoros (canoes) or motorised boats provide unique game-viewing opportunities. Bird-watching is outstanding here and the guided nature walks on nearby islands are a particular feature of this camp. Seasonal fishing can also be arranged. Since Camp Okavango is water-based, no game drives are possible. While this can reduce the chances of close game encounters, on the positive side it enables visitors to enjoy their surroundings unhindered by vehicle traffic.
The recently renovated accommodation comprises 11 spacious and comfortable safari suites nestled on stilts into the thick vegetation. Each room has a private deck with magnificent views over the Okavango Delta and an en-suite bathroom with double shower and separate WC. There is 24-hour solar generated power and fans in all rooms.
Children over the age of 6 years are welcome - the family suite consists of two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. It is always advisable for parents to keep a close eye on children in a wildlife area such as this, however the elephant fence surrounding this site does offer reassurance. While the camp is accommodating towards children, families with children aged 6-11 are requested to book private activities at additional cost.
Camp Okavango offers pristine, comfortable accommodation with a friendly atmosphere. Visitors are well looked after by staff and learn first-hand that there can be more to the genuine safari experience than the “Big Five”. This is a popular choice for adventurous nature-lovers and guarantees an unforgettable stay.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019