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Recommended Safari Lodges and Camps in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
The world's largest Delta is an Eden of huge expanses of water whose surface is scattered with colourful water lilies. Narrow channels, lined by papyrus reeds and water figs act as roosting sites to the multitude of birds that inhabit this aquatic gem embedded in the centre of the Kalahari sands. Large sand spits covered by handsome ebony trees and massive groves of vegetable ivory palms whose fan like heads rustle noisily in the October winds.

Delta memories
Delta memories
  The shallow waters are home to thousands of red lechwe who graze on the aquatic grasses. The reed beds offer cover to the secretive Sitatunga antelope and the large islands are feeding grounds to over 30 different mammals. There are a host of excellent camps in the Delta, I will cover my first choice of safari destinations to this area. Bookings and advice on all the other camps will happily be given on request.

Little Vumbura Camp
The most romantic setting of any camp in Botswana, accessible only by boat or Makororo. This intimate ten bedded camp is built on a small island vegetated by huge fig, ebony and sausage trees whose periphery is surrounded by open grasslands. Each of the five tents are roomy and have en-suite facilities, as well as an outside shower for those who wish to be closer to nature.

Inside a Little Vumbura room
Inside a Little Vumbura room
 
The honeymoon bath
The honeymoon bath

The honeymoon suite has the best bath I have seen, situated out in the open floodplain in a private position, elevated onto a wooden plinth and offering 360 degree views of the surrounding floodplain.

This camp offers all of what the Delta has and is about, excellent game drives, boating on the extensive channels or the opportunity to be poled along by mokoro through reed and papyrus lined channels. A bird watchers dream come true.

A wooden deck has been tastefully placed above the water and reeds where guests can enjoy the evening's campfire beneath star studded skies. Dinner is also taken out here while fireflies flash past magically, all serenaded to the pleasant background tinkling of painted reed frogs.

Duba Plains Camp
Unrivaled as the lion capital of Africa. This scenic and remote area boasts over 50 resident lion who are in constant battle with some of the huge buffalo herds.

Duba - The Lion Capital
 
Huge Buffalo herds
Duba - The Lion Capital   Huge Buffalo herds

The 12 bedded camp is built on an island surrounded by expansive plains which are seasonally flooded. This small and intimate camp has access to its own private 35000 hectare concession made up of islands, floodplains and marshes. Lechwe and plains animals dot the savannah while elephant feed on islands. Hippo concentrate in deeper channels and leopard are found on the forested islands. Most of the Okavango birdlife is found here. Each of the six rooms have en suite bathroom and flush loo as well as indoor and outdoor showers. All tents are raised on platforms overlooking the floodplains.


 
Meal time
View from Duba's dining room   Meal time

Safari activities give the guest the choice between open land rovers, mokoro excursions and walking safaris. The night drives often provide the opportunities to photograph elusive nocturnal animals in action.

Mombo and Little Mombo Camp
This camp, now a much sought after destination has been made famous by having what is possibly the greatest wildlife concentration and diversity of any camp in Africa. However this comes at a price and both camps are top end and are often difficult to find space throughout the year, especially Little Mombo, definitely my favorite because of its intimate size offering only three suites. The amazing diversity of habitat in this area creates a niche for all the mammal species you could wish to see. It is not uncommon to see leopard, lion and cheetah on a single drive, along with multitudes of zebra, lechwe, wildebeest and giraffe.

Mombo residents
 
Mombo, famous for its leopard
Mombo residents   Mombo, famous for its leopard

This is one of the very few camps in Botswana where you have the opportunity to observe white rhino, which were re-introduced to the Delta and specifically to Mombo a few years ago. Elephant are also common in the concession which is situated at the northern tip of Chiefs Island, part of the Moremi Game Reserve. Many top quality wildlife documentaries have been filmed from Mombo by BBC and National Geographic over the years because of its unrivaled reputation for such intense animal concentrations. All safari activities are conducted from open land rovers which seldom fail to delight wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Mombo is not only famous for its mammals; it is a bird watchers paradise as well.

Mombo's recently introduced rhino
Mombo's recently introduced rhino

Mombo has nine rooms and Little Mombo only three, all suites are identical and raised off the ground with expansive views across plains littered with animals and birds. The suites have risen to a new dimension in safari tourism, they are spacious and tastefully furnished. To sum it up, 'opulence with six star game viewing'.

Mombo suite
 
Mombo's equinine herd
Mombo suite   Mombo's equinine herd

Other recommended camps and lodges in Botswana
Linyanti Wildlife Reserve

>Duma Tau Camp
>Savuti Camp
>Selinda Camp


Recommended camps and lodges in Namibia
Sossusvlei
>Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp
>Little Kulala Camp


Etosha National Park
>Little Ongava Lodge

The Skeleton Coast
>Skeleton Coast Camp