Which lodges and safari camps to choose in the Okavango Delta


One of the world’s largest inland deltas and fascinating wildlife destinations, Botswana’s Okavango Delta is Africa’s pristine interior. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it lies in the northwest of Botswana. Considered one of the seven natural wonders of Africa, this delta is a unique wetland with a huge oasis and is home to a huge species of animals and birds. As this Garden of Eden of Africa is a top safari destination on the bucket list, one can check out the wide variety of accommodations.


About the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a unique inland delta as it opens into open land and floods the savannah. Generally, most deltas empty into an ocean. As the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari Desert, it comprises three main geographical areas. These are the Panhandle, the Drylands and the Delta. With a number of islands, waterways, and lagoons on the opposite side of the desert, the main area, people visit this delta for the waterways, dark forests, and rich flora and fauna. .

Comprising nearly 122 species of mammals, 444 species of birds, 64 species of reptiles and 1300 species of flowering plants, many other activities also take place in the delta region. Activities such as Mokoro Ride, i.e. canoe ride, speedboat cruises, dinner under the stars, Boma, i.e. nighttime experiences around the bonfire, relaxation in camps, safaris make this place an adventure bag and a rejuvenating retreat. If you are enchanted with wildlife, you may encounter wild elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, reeds, steenbok and many more.

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Accommodation in the Okavango Delta

Accommodation here comes in the form of luxury lodges for high-end travelers, while tented accommodation is for budget-conscious travellers. One can spend a minimum of $150, which can go up to $4,000 depending on the style of accommodation chosen.

This campsite includes a dome tent sufficient for two people. It has a mattress and a sleeping bag, although there are no hot showers or flush toilets. You also have to take care of the cooking and cleaning, which is exactly the purpose of living the nomadic lifestyle option.

Price: $150 to $200

Camps: Botswana Wildlife, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls Safari

It is a somewhat privileged version because cooking and cleaning activities are taken care of. The tents are much larger and equipped with sleeping beds and toilets with hot showers.

Price: $350 to $450

If living on the edge isn’t your style, lodge camping should be your go-to option. With permanent tented camps, these lodges have facilities based on their ratings of up to five stars. Nevertheless, they mainly have canvas rooms on the decks, proper sanitary facilities with hot water and elevated facilities according to luxury.

Price: $350 to $4000

Luxury camping and safari lodges

Camp Okavango

This is a luxury accommodation in the Okavango Delta, located on Xaranna Island. This is a secluded lodge on its own island. The rooms are quite spacious, and this place offers year-round water activities such as motorboat or mokoro excursions. It includes eleven suites, a family room, an airstrip and a pilot room, fire pits, a swimming pool, a dining room leading to a patio, observation decks for star gazing at night and camping budget ranges from $600 to $1060.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

This luxurious Delta Lodge has been rated one of the best camps in Botswana by Conde Nast. It has quite spacious rooms and a chic decor with a nice bar, a dining room, a pizza terrace and an oven. Suitable for families with children and couples, this place offers adventurous and relaxing activities. Activities such as Game Drive, Mokoro Excursions, Scenic Helicopter Flight, Stargazing and Cultural Talks add to the uniqueness. Its 10 bush lodges and luxury suites are among the largest in the region.

Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

One of the most notable lodges is Eagle Island Lodge, located on a private island in the Okavango Delta. It has high-ceilinged tented rooms, a private swimming pool, stocked minibar, laundry service and 24/7 emergency facilities. Also, it organizes various safaris varying accordingly.

Moremi Crossing

One of the largest camps in the Okavango Delta is “Moremi Crossing”, which is located on an island fringed with palm trees. It has sixteen adjoining tents, each with its veranda. Even though the tents are relatively smaller but are still quite comfortable. Honeymoon tents have a bathtub outside and family camps have shared bathrooms. The dining room, bar and lounges are covered with thatched roofs as well as a small gift shop. Activities such as boating, camping, and mokoro are practiced here.

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Standard camping and safari lodges

Tourist camping program

Tour camping program can be chosen with Botswana, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls wildlife safari. The tour includes exploring Johannesburg, Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Maun, Okavango Delta, Nata and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, and more. The camping accommodation of the tour includes camping in the bush (without facilities) as well as hotel accommodation with basic facilities.

Price: From $172

Duration of the visit: 10 days

Departure: Johannesburg, South Africa

End: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Sango Safari Camp

A relatively new safari camp in the Okavango/Moremi, Sango Safari Camp is one of the incredible areas of Botswana. The area in which it is located is home to a multitude of wild animals and lush vegetation. Have outdoor showers, handcrafted furniture, Meru tents, attached restrooms, outdoor bucket showers, pedestal fan, bar, plunge pool and viewing deck. This unique habitat is located on the outskirts of Khwai and bordering Game Reserve.

Budget: somewhere between basic and luxury

Other camping options

If one is looking for something affordable, one can consider a camping safari in the Okavango/Moremi or Chobe region, as transportation and camping costs are reduced as they are shared. Additionally, there are plenty of affordable options in the town of Chobe Kasane, as it is a fairly accessible park in Botswana due to its proximity to the town. Chobe Safari Lodge, Kubu Lodge and Garden Lodge are some options to consider.

When to visit the Okavango Delta

  • The rainy season in northern Botswana runs from November to April, due to thunderstorms, rain, as well as sunshine and heat.
  • The green season, ie from December to March, is the affordable time to visit the delta, although it is not necessarily the rainy season. The delta is waterlogged but good enough for bird watching and fishing.
  • Shoulder season runs from April through June and November when crowds are fewer and the temperature is more bearable. The waters of the delta begin to rise gradually from here.
  • High season is July through October, when the delta is at its peak, and all activities are available.

How to reach the Okavango Delta

The departure points for Delta are “Maun in the south” and “Kasane in the north”. From these destinations, it is quite possible to organize air and self-guided options to the camps. Nevertheless, Maun is closer to Delta and therefore land transfers are more economical. From Kasane it is a little more expensive.


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