Okavango Delta, Botswana
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DELTA CAMP - OKAVANGO
The Okavango Delta, with its crystal-clear channels, lagoons, sweeping floodplains and countless islands, is home to over 450 bird species, a spectacular array of plant species and the full spectrum of African game.
Situated on the South Western edge of Chief?s Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, is Delta Camp. The camp is set in the forest of a large, beautiful and palm-studded island. Predominantly a water camp with walks on Islands and Delta Camp still use the traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe).
The focus is on peace and tranquility (stalking game on foot provides all the excitement one could wish for) and guests are actively encouraged to visit the local village, home to the guides, and to interact with the people there.
Dine in the elegant dining room overlooking the sweep of the Delta, viewing the surrounding flood-plains and the wildlife that abounds. Another option is to take a beautifully prepared picnic on to one of the many nearby islands for a secluded and intimate experience.
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Delta Camp offers arguably the purest Traditional Okavango Delta experience - each of the 7 chalets is assigned its very own private guide to explore the area around Chief?s Island on mokoro and on foot.
Accommodation is for only 14 guests in spacious 'lethaka' (reed) chalets with en- suite facilities. Built of natural materials and elevated off the forest floor, each chalet has hot and cold running water, a shower with a view, and solar-powered electric lighting.
The amazing design of the chalets is such that you enjoy the luxuries of a 'top rate' hotel, but without affecting the environment; you will find you share your chalet with the trees while taking full advantage of the views of the surrounding bush and flood-plains.
Delta Camp adheres to a philosophy that guests may enjoy the “luxury” of their own private guide at no extra cost. The guides are truly “locals” - this is a man of the swamp, born and raised in the area and you will spend your days in his mokoro (dug-out canoe). You will also walk on some of the many islands in the area and take in the magnificent scenery and light as well as the abundant game and bird-life of the Okavango.
Delta Camp engenders in its staff and guests alike an acute awareness of the ecological sensitivity of this magnificent area.Bio-degradable products have been sourced and are used, careful separation and treatment of refuse ensures that nothing that is not fully bio-degradable stays on the island. Light aircraft remove cans, bottles and the like from the Okavango altogether- thus the staff and guests are continuously contributing towards a healthier environment.
Delta Camp is also one of a few camps that accommodate children and thus families are most welcome.
Accommodation is for only 14 guests in spacious 'lethaka' (reed) chalets with en- suite facilities. Built of natural materials and elevated off the forest floor, each chalet has hot and cold running water, a shower with a view, and solar-powered electric lighting. The amazing design of the chalets is such that you enjoy the luxuries of a 'top rate' hotel, but without affecting the environment; you will find you share your chalet with the trees while taking full advantage of the views of the surrounding bush and flood-plains.
Delta Camp offers twice daily walking safaris and mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions in the Moremi Game Reserve. While visiting you will have your own private guide who will be caring just for you and will be listening to your needs as well as those of the surrounding bush. Whilst at Delta Camp you will have an intimate experience walking in the dynamic eco-systems of the Okavango Delta. While traveling on foot with your private professional guide, you will learn about tracking animals, how they behave and live, as well as helping you to becoming aware of the plants and trees that surround you. Village walks are available and a chance to go to the local village is fascinating and entirely unadulterated. You will have the freedom to explore the Okavango with your private guide independent of other guests and to plan your days according to whim. A day relaxing with a book followed by a short jaunt to the sunset deck is easy to arrange and sometimes just what you need after the active pace of safari.
Born in the Okavango, raised in the Okavango, Delta Camp’s guides take you deep into the Okavang in hand-made dug-out canoes. They will also take you walking on the many islands in the area. Your guide joins you on your arrival and remains exclusively yours for the duration of your stay. Armed with a lifetime’s experience and eyes like a hawk, he will accompany you on all your excursions, be they brief forays from the comfort of the lodge, full-day outings with a picnic lunch, or extended camping expeditions into the Okavango. The Delta Camp experience is cultural as well as being a wildlife and wilderness one, and spending time in the company of a man who has lived his life in this wild place, and perhaps even visiting his home, is a revelation to many visitors, and a lesson in differing values and perceptions.
Another unique offering from Delta Camp is the opportunity for an extended, fully serviced and catered camping expedition by dug-out into the further reaches of the Okavango. By pre-arrangement, and after spending a night in the lodge to acclimatize, you will set out with all your equipment, guides and camp hands by mekoro into the Okavango for a minimum of two nights, but up to eight, camping in one of the world's last great wildernesses, before returning for one last night in the lodge.
Game of all sorts abounds: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus, crocodile, giraffe, antelope including the rare lechwe, tsessebe and sitatunga, otters, honey-badgers, the shy pangolin, and a variety of the smaller wild cats such as civets, servals and genets are amongst the many mammal species that visit the delta. Reptiles are well represented – many species of snakes (most of them harmless) occur, as do several of tortoise, terrapin, lizard, skinks, chameleon and gecko – not forgetting, of course, the Nile crocodile. Then of course there are the birds, well over 450 species, that bring the forests, rivers and flood-plains of the Okavango to life. Many rare and endangered species call the Okavango home, and birders come from all around the world come in search of them. Bird-song heralds each Okavango dawn.
Our power is generated by solar panels, and where possible our water heated in similar fashion. As unsightly as they may be, demanding as they are of exposure to sunlight, our solar arrays compromise our aesthetic, or at least challenge a re-evaluation of an aesthetic. We compromise our ability to give our visitors air-conditioning and unlimited supplies of ice in this way, but large four- and six-wheel-drive fuel tankers do not cross floodplains and streams and cut through forests to deliver diesel for our generators, and the generators we don’t have do not spew filth and noise.
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