BOTSWANA - THE OKAVANGO DELTA
The Okavango Delta, in the heart of Botswana, is one of Africa's finest wildlife areas.
Within the Okavango, the Moremi Game Reserve and neighbouring private reserves creates an enormous wildlife sanctuary with some of the most magnificent game viewing in Africa. We suggest a minimum stay of 2 or 4 nights in the Okavango. Time (and budget...) permitting, we will recommend a combination of "land" and "water" camps.
A "water activities" camp will be a camp where most activities are on water. You will encounter the wildlife on motorboats, mokoro (dugout canoe) or on foot, while on a guided walk. A "Land activities" camp will be a camp where your safaris will be organised with open 4x4 vehicles or on foot, while on a guided walk.
While staying and visiting the inside the Delta is a must, one should realize that the larger mammals will not be in great number in the heart of the Delta, where waterways are dominant. They will be present and mostly concentrated on the edges of the Delta, on solid earth, where large herbivores and carnivores are mostly seen.
This is where a combination of "land" and "water" activities becomes important. Mokoro Safaris Open 4x4 Safaris
Regional Air Tickets
We do not organize regional flights. Please book direct with Air Namibia, South African Airways or British Airways
4 NIGHTS SPECIAL OFFER SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATIONS
2 Nights Kwara Camp
Kwara Camp (Private Concession - Permanent Okavango Delta)
Kwara Camp is located on the northern boundary of the world famous Moremi Game Reserve. Kwara Camp is in the heart of a large private concession of 1750 sq km on a large island hidden under massive trees are eight specially designed safari tents on teak decks. Each tent with its en suite facilities has a view over the floodplains of the Delta. The guest areas consist of lounge, bar, dining area, small gift shop and plunge pool. The attraction of Kwara is its range of activities in an area of intricate channels, rivers, lagoons, dramatic palm-fringed islands, reed beds, floating grasses and papyrus that form a natural wilderness like no other. Year round powerboat trips due to the presence of permanent water. Mekoro excursions for which the Okavango Delta is famous are also a year round activity. Water experiences combined with the ability to drive both off-road and at night add to the uniqueness of Kwara. Experience the peace and tranquillity of gliding silently through the Delta waters in the early morning and feel the pulse and excitement of a lion hunt at night. Whilst on an island walk with an armed guide you will learn about their deep beliefs and knowledge of the intricacies of nature. The birds of the Delta are both colourful and melodious and the guides will reveal them to you from close range. Gadikwe Lagoon is one of the largest bird breeding colonies in Botswana . From September to December thousands of birds and their young may be viewed in their nesting grounds from Kwara's double decker pontoon boat. All meals, activities, and laundry service are included in your stay. AND
2 Nights Xakanaxa Camp
(Moremi Game Reserve — Permanent Okavango Delta)
Big lagoons and big game, a land and water experience in the Okavango Delta. Set in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is rated as being one of the finest game viewing areas in Africa, Xakanaxa Camp has one of the best locations in Botswana ensuring land and water safaris all year round. Accommodation is in twelve tents. Each tent is tastefully furnished with twin or double beds and en-suite facilities with shower, hand basin and w.c. The tents are situated on the edge of the lagoon and from their private viewing deck, with comfortable loungers, one looks onto the reeded fringes at the waters edge. The camp, with its eclectic mix of furnishings from all over Africa , has a dining room, lounge/bar area, fire deck and plunge pool all slightly raised on wooden platforms with spectacular views over the lagoon. The reception area boasts a curio shop. At night the camp looks stunning as it is lit by dozens of paraffin lamps and candles.
The game drives in this sector of Moremi take one down winding tracks, through Mopane forests and across lush grasslands. The waterways are either forded by vehicles or crossed on rustic log bridges.
The camp faces out over the Xakanaxa Lagoon on the Khwai River , where boat and mokoro trips explore the sinuous channels and floodplains of the Delta, one of Africa 's greatest natural wonders. Birding in the area is excellent, especially in the spring and summer months when the migrants are breeding. To the north are the world famous heronries, which attract large numbers of breeding storks and herons
Cost per person sharing: From 1.495 Euros only
2 NIGHTS PACKAGE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
(pronounced Keejera) is a luxury tented camp in the Moremi Game Reserve and is situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Xigera has something for everyone in an area where there are no other Moremi camps. Permanent water all year round allows one to enjoy an unparalleled variety of activities including foot safaris, mokoro trips, game drives and powerboat outings in total privacy. Enjoy a true Delta experience while you sit back in a mokoro (dugout canoe) and silently glide through the wonders of the tranquil Okavango waterways observed by a myriad Delta creatures. Watch the sunset and the birds gliding home to roost from a motorboat on the Xigera Lagoon. Observe the wildlife and unique Delta scenery from the comfort of a Land Rover or, for the adventurous, track animals on foot. Or simply take in the beautiful sunrise from your comfortable bed while sipping your morning tea or coffee.
Nestled in a magnificent riverine forest, Xigera consists of luxuriously furnished tented rooms with en-suite facilities and an outdoor shower. Each room is raised off the ground on a wooden deck offering a superb view of the seasonal floodplain and waterhole. Meals and evening drinks are enjoyed under the thatch of the raised lounge, pub and dining area overlooking a permanently flowing channel. A traditional African boma offers alternative dining under the African stars. Wooden walkways winding through the forest connect the rooms to the main living area. For those hot days there is a small plunge pool in which to cool off. A feature unique to Xigera is the wooden footbridge connecting Xigera Island to the island next to it. Guests are often treated to close-up views of lion, hyaena or leopard padding across the bridge as they move between islands. The camp "newspaper" (a sand pit built into the bridge to capture paw prints) is "read" each morning and provides information on unseen nightly visitors to camp.
A paradise for avid birdwatchers, Xigera is home to the Pel's Fishing Owl, African Skimmer, Slaty Egret, Wattled Crane, Lesser Jacana and a host of eagles, vultures, raptors and kingfishers. It also boasts the highest density of the rare and elusive sitatunga antelope found anywhere in the Okavango Delta. When water levels permit, game drives are an attraction. During drier years, drives are available throughout the year, but if there has been a very high flood, drives take place only from late September to April.
Access to Xigera is by light aircraft only.
2 nights, all meals and activities are included at Xigera Camp.
Cost per person sharing: From 1.235 Euros only
2 NIGHTS PACKAGE ULTIMATE LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
Jao Camp - Okavango
Jao Camp is situated in the 60,000 hectare Jao Reserve, a private reserve bordering on the Moremi Game Reserve, to the west of Mombo. Jao can offer both land and water activities, depending on the fluctuating levels of the Okavango’s floodwater. This area comprises a superb variety of habitats, ranging from permanent waterways and lagoons on the one extreme to thick Kalahari soils on the other. Accommodation
The camp sleeps a maximum of 16 guests in unique and stunningly beautiful rooms. The whole of Jao is raised on wooden decks above the lush palms below and is beneath a dense canopy of ancient indigenous trees. Each room has thatched roofs with canvas walls. En suite facilities include a bath, flush toilet, basins, as well as an outdoor shower. Each room has a “sala” for midday siestas. The main dining, lounge and pub area is under cool thatch beneath the tree canopy. The camp has a pool. We also have an outdoor “kgotla” for dining under the stars. Raised walkways connect the rooms to the dining room and lounge. Activities
Nowhere in the Okavango do we experience more extreme contrasts in the seasons. From about May to late September, the floods arrive and the floodplains fill up with crystal clear waters. From October to April, the flood levels drop and the floodplains turn into savannah grasslands. Jao is a multi-activity camp. Mokoros, boating, walks, game drives and night drives are all on offer all year. The primary focus of the activities changes according to the time of year and the flood levels. Wildlife
A variety of habitats ensures diverse and interesting game viewing. The wildlife at Jao depends largely on the water levels in the area. Lion, Cheetah and Leopard are plentiful, while Tsessebe, Red Lechwe, Zebra and Wildebeest dot the flood plains. The lagoons are home to Hippo and Crocodile and the permanent waters attract large numbers of waterfowl. In the permanent waters, Sitatunga can be tracked silently by mokoro.
Cost per person sharing: From 1.860 Euros only, and booked with a minimum of two other nights in luxury camps.
* Costs valid only before or after a trip to Namibia. Please contact us if not travelling to Namibia for revised costs.
** Flights costs are only valid with one of our packages Special offers do not apply to extensions