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Botswana Safari

Royal Tree Lodge

Maun / Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Royal Tree Lodge is a private game reserve located twenty minutes from the iconic safari town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.  

The lodge is situated on a private reserve on the banks of the Thamalakane River with an abundance of wildlife including giraffe, zebra, springbok, ostrich, eland, gemsbok and kudu as well as an extensive variety of bird life.

Guests will indulge in comfort and relaxation in one of Royal Tree Lodge’s well appointed, private tented chalets or romantic thatched honeymoon suites. World class cuisine served by candlelight on the lodge’s expansive teak deck, is the perfect way to conclude a day’s safari.

At Royal Tree Lodge, it's not just about luxurious accommodation and old world hospitality.  Marked walking trails invite guests to create their own adventure allowing safe, intimate interaction with wildlife. For the more adventurous, set off on a horse back safari, scenic flight over the delta, or mokoro canoe trip down the river. 

Finish off the day with a warm drink around the communal fire as personal safari hosts and Royal Tree Lodge managers share life stories from over 80 years of combined safari experience.

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The spacious, thatched guest area is the heart of Royal Tree Lodge. Large doors open onto a wide-angle teak deck shaded by Motsentsela trees, under which guests exchange stories, meals and drinks. Inside, relax on a plush leather sofa, enjoy a drink from the bar, and page through books on the nation's explorers and history. During dinner, enjoy delicous meals served on the deck by candlelight and awe fellow guests by tales of the day's adventures.

At Royal Tree Lodge, it's not just about great accommodation and warm hospitality. Indulge in comfort or relaxation as you stretch your legs after your long flight or overland safari. Lounge aside the swimming pool or set out to create your own adventure
on one of the marked walking trails.

Royal Tree Lodge Honeymoon Chalets
The Royal Tree Lodge honeymoon chalets are private and romantic with king size canopy beds covered in soft, white linen. The chalets are well furnished including large sunken baths, plentiful candles and an outdoor shower to make your stay a memorable experience.

Royal Tree Lodge Luxury Tents
The tented rooms are built on raised decks with exotic hard wood floors offering wonderful views of the serene African forest and complete with en-suite facilities. We welcome you to relax in an old world bath by the warmth of candlelight and enjoy the sounds of Africa. For the more adventurous, enjoy an outdoor shower while taking in the beauty of the Kalahari skies. Well designed and tastefully furnished, these Maru style safari tents are thoughtfully placed for privacy beneath a canopy of large shade trees. Crisp cotton linen, comfortable twin beds and overhead fans assure restful sleep after a full days of safari adventure.

Royal Tree Lodge Private Villa
The Royal Tree Lodge Private Villa is a luxuriously furnished house situated on a secluded corner of the reserve. The villa has two bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The Villa also includes a private, detached guest cottage, with a shady veranda and views of wildlife. In total, the Villa can comfortably accommodate six to eight guests. The thatched Villa is bathed in natural sunlight from large, wood-framed picture windows and glass doors. The beautifully furnished lounge opens to a large thatched patio, perfect for comfortable outside dining and lounging. The study attached to the lounge provides a creative space for reading and writing. The large, modern kitchen with beautiful, natural lighting opens to a dining area overlooking the lush garden. The Villa has its own private pool set in in a tranquil garden with exotic views of zebra and eland at the nearby flood plains and grasslands. We invite you to relax near the pool in a sun lounger or enjoy afternoon tea in the tented cabana. Guests have exclusive use of the Villa and guest cottage and enjoy the privacy of a beautiful home set in the natural surroundings of the reserve and its wildlife. Guests also have full access to Royal Tree Lodge, all activities, staff and guides.

Over 300 species of birds have been sighted in and around Royal Tree Lodge, at peak season and water level in the nearby Thamalakane River.  Our summer from October to March is the best time with both Palaearctic and Intra-African migrants.  Keen birders should be able to see at least 50 – 70 species in a day and have the opportunity to add new species to the lodge's bird sighting list. The record thus far is 130 species in a 24 hour period!

Game Walks
Slow down and take in the details as you set the pace on one of Royal Tree Lodge's marked trails through the reserve.  Smell the grass, stroll past a giraffe grazing, or admire the grace of a kudu bounding through the savannah.   Take the well marked network of game paths to a structured or comfortable walking safari of your own making.  The trails are perfect for unusual but safe close encounters with beautiful African game.

Horseback Safari
Experience the joy of an intimate safari ride.  Horses are owned and managed by David and Robyn Foot (with 17 years experience in the horse safari business) and are well trained and accustomed to the resident game.  Experience and training allows horses and game to remain calm, passing mere feet from each other.  A high standard of riding provides up close sightings and fun riding.  Safaris can be arranged within the reserve or along the river.

Game Drive
Revel in a full day of adventure safari in Moremi Game Reserve.  Game drives provide wonderful photo opportunities at close range.  They are a very popular way to safely view even large predators in their natural habitat.  Search for the big five as you track: lion, water buffalo, hippo, elephant, and rhino.  Learn about local tribes and Botswana's natural beauty from Royal Tree Lodge's director and personal safari guide who himself, born and raised in Maun, has over 40 years guiding experience and a lifetime of personal adventure stories.

Scenic Flights
Experience the thrill of the Okavango Delta from above!  Discover the joy of scenic flight in either a fixed wing or helicopter.  The ideal platform for photography and film, capture animals in the most remote of locations.  These flights can be booked on a per hour basis.

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Water / Land Activity Table for Botswana camps:  Water/Land Botswana
Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

For further information about the Okavango Delta, click More Okavango
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