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Camp Okavango

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8/10

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Highlights

-Tranquil lagoon-side location
-12 rooms, newly upgraded
-Boat trips, nature walks, seasonal fishing
-Friendly, efficient staff

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Overview

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.

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  • Hello Lisa. We came back from our trip two weeks ago now so I am sending this email much later than I wanted to. Nevertheless, what I wanted to say was thank you very much for helping us organise an amazing trip. Our days in Mafia Island to celebrate my 50th birthday were exactly what I wanted them to be: a fantastic time with the family doing activities that we all love and enjoy in a relaxing, unusual, beautiful place full of sun, surrounded by water, wildlife and friendly people. We swam with whale sharks, did a lot of snorkeling, had two picnics on a beautiful sand bank, watched the sunset over the sea, did a bird watching excursion and tried scuba diving.
    All merit to you because Pole Pole in Mafia Island was your recommendation. I never heard of Mafia Island before and didn't consider Tanzania to start with. It was an amazing place to stay: friendly, relaxed, beautiful, comfortable, with great food and fantastic service. Thanks not only for finding the place but also for your patience as we prepared the trip and I explored options and decided what I wanted. All went incredibly well (places, transfers, flights) and we had a very memorable time together that we will all remember forever - as we still do the safari trip to South Africa you organised for us 5 years ago.
    I cannot wait to plan another trip! I am already thinking about where and when. Hopefully no pandemic will get in the way this time. And I will come to you as my favourite travel agent.
    I copy in this message the Tourdust office because I want them to know how good you are and how much I appreciated the different trips you organised for us (including the trip to India for my parents that was cancelled due to Covid). I cannot thank you enough :o)
    Kind regards, Carol

    MissingCarolina O reviewing Relaxed Bush & Beach Family Holiday in Tanzania on 25 November 2022

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

  • Can't praise tour dust enough, they helped us to create a holiday of a lifetime that has given us family memories we will treasure forever. From start to finish the whole experience was exactly what we wanted and more. Due to covid we waited 2 and a half years for this trip but worth the wait.
    Carly

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