Safari: Okavango & Chobe
Experience a Wild and Luxurious African Safari
Botswana offers an exceptional safari experience; from Chobe with its huge herds of elephant and buffalo to the Okavango Delta, with its unique ecosystem of papyrus-lined waterways, and rich savannah grasslands.
Chobe national park has lush vegetation and a wide range of wildlife. A range of tranquil lodges are available in or near the national park, many fronting onto the river, and all offering breathtaking game drives and boat cruises.
The Okavango Delta is home to a profusion of African wildlife. Antelopes, zebra, buffalo, elephants, hippos and crocodiles rule the waterways and lions, leopards and cheetahs prosper in this safari paradise. One of the best ways to experience the Okavango Delta is on a mokoro ride, where you can delve into the delicate details of this unique and pristine eco-system, in a dugout canoe that travels peacefully along a myriad of winding waterways.
The Okavango Delta also features some of Africa’s premier camps and lodges, some only accessible by charter flight, making a Delta safari experience an exclusive and remote one. Botswana has some of the strictest conservation rules and all lodges have been creatively and ingenuously designed to be eco-friendly, leaving as small a footprint in this pristine landscape as possible. The Delta is a sought-after destination in Africa and we recommend putting it at the top of your travel bucket list.
- A safari destination with varied activities. Dependent on the time of year, the safaris will differ only in terms of water-based and land-based adventures at different lodges
- Remote, exclusive, sustainable travel destination
- Ideal romantic destination for couples and honeymooners
What to Do
Take a private charter flight direct to the lodge airstrip
We will arrange exclusive charter flights from South Africa’s international airports to the airstrips of a range of private game reserves in Southern Africa. Guests enjoy the adventure and the privilege of setting down in the heart of the African wilderness with all the logistics, such as allowable luggage for lightweight aircrafts, seamlessly taken care of.
Revel in the finest Luxury Safari Lodge accommodation
We offer you world-class safari lodges set in outstanding Big 5 private game reserves that also provide stylish African-inspired décor, breath-taking views; and spacious, private indoor and outdoor accommodations. With fine attention to detail and a warm smile, Southern Africa’s top safari lodges cater for your guests’ every need.
Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts, lunches & afternoon ‘High Teas’
Day time meals, including elegant colonial era ‘high teas’ are seamlessly blended into the game-viewing schedule. Your guests can expect outstanding, freshly prepared cuisine served in picturesque settings, whether that is breakfast on a game deck overlooking a waterhole or a champagne lunch set out in the bush in a dry riverbed.
Dine under the dazzling African night-sky
Dining out under the starry African sky is a fantastic part of the safari experience. Dinners in traditional-style African boma’s are characterized by roaring fires and delicious meats, including game, cooked over the blazing coals and accompanied by the finest South Africa wines. These occasions are often enhanced by traditional song, dance and story-telling.
Encounter the Wild on morning and afternoon game drives
Early mornings and late afternoons offer the finest game-viewing opportunities. While on safari your guests will be encouraged to rise at dawn and head out with their rangers, full of anticipation for what wonders they may encounter. Knowledgeable and experienced rangers and trackers ensure the safety of guests and also enhance their game and bird-watching experiences by enthusiastically sharing their wealth of expertise about the magnificent and unforgettable fauna and flora of Southern Africa.
Explore the intricate waterways of the Okavango Delta on a mokoro
Glide peacefully along the winding waterways of the Okavango Delta in a dugout canoe. This traditional mode of transport for many is one of the best ways to experience the Delta! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the area and get close to the birds and animals that roam the area.
Set out on intrepid guided bush walks and game-tracking activities
Many of safari lodges offer guests guided bush walks that enable them to get up close and personal with Africa’s big and small game. Under the close guidance of experienced rangers and trackers they set out on foot to immerse themselves in the detailed beauty of the wilderness. At some lodges, game-tracking activities that serve as exciting team-building experiences can be added to your program.
Celebrate with Boma, Bush or Airstrip gala dinners
Luxury safari lodges offer a choice of inspiring venues to host outstanding and creative gala dinner events. These celebrations may be held at the Lodge’s boma, at a boma in the bush or even on Reserve’s airstrip. Surrounded by African wilderness and overhung by a legion of stars, a gala dinner while on safari will never be forgotten.
Where to Stay
Camp Moremi, shaded by enormous ebony trees, is located in the Xaxanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve. Guests are accommodated in African-style luxury safari tents, each on its own raised platform. The elegant main building includes a wildlife-themed library, dining room and cocktail bar, secluded swimming pool with sundeck, and thatched boma for al fresco brunches and high teas. Guests are treated to thrilling wildlife encounters on open 4x4 game drives, with frequent sightings of lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.More information
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park
Overlooking the Chobe River and the game-rich Caprivi floodplains, Chobe Game Lodge is the only safari lodge situated within Chobe National Park. Guests will enjoy luxury en-suite accommodation that blends stylish Africa with every modern convenience. They can relax at the pool, bar, lounge or library with tranquil terraces offering fantastic river views. Star-lit dinners and traditional dancing around the fire in the open-air boma set on the river bank amongst the giant Mahogany trees are experiences of a lifetime.More information
Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
The scenic Chobe Safari Lodge is positioned on the banks of the Chobe River in the small town of Kasane, and is flanked by Chobe National Park. The lodge’s Cocktail Bar overlooks the Caprivi flood plains, and the Sedudu Bar is sought after for its spectacular African sunsets. A health and beauty salon also caters for guests at the lodge. Staying over at Chobe Safari Lodge is made possible in the Luxury Safari Rooms, Luxury River Rooms, Standard Rondavels, and camping. Family Rooms are also available.More information
Duba Plains Camp
Set within a private 77,000-acre reserve just north of Moremi, this idyllic camp is so remote than it is only accessible by air for most of the year. Duba Plains offers a true wilderness experience – accommodating a maximum of 12 guests for the ultimate peace and quiet. This landscape is ever-changing due to the plains being seasonally flooded and as a result, the wildlife is extremely diverse. Huge herds of buffalo and prides of lion are often sighted here. In addition to superb safari experiences, the camp offers exceptional service, delicious cuisine and lavish accommodation.More information
Eagle Island Camp
This remote sanctuary on Xaxaba Island offers a unique safari experience in the verdant waterways of the Okavango Delta. As one of the largest inland water systems on the planet, the Delta is an oasis of animal, plant, fish and bird life in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. At the lodge, guests are accommodated in luxury tents, which are housed on wooden platforms with private viewing decks, easy chairs and a hammock. There is also a private suite available with a splash pool.
Thousands of years ago, the Makgadikgadi was one of the world's biggest super-lakes, but it dried up due to the continued shifting of the earth's crust. Jack's Camp in the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans National Park offers a unique and intimate experience of this ancient desert setting, accommodating guests in Bedouin-style canvas tents with plush bathrooms, spacious bedrooms and luxury touches like pure cotton bedding and Persian rugs. Private decks afford endless views over the Kalahari wilderness.More information
Khwai River Lodge
Khwai River Lodge in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve is one of Botswana’s most popular game lodges. Its picturesque setting at the verge of a leadwood and fig tree forest affords magnificent views over the Khwai River floodplains. This area is renowned for large concentrations of big game. Predators are also frequently sighted in this area, especially leopard and lion, as are wildfowl and raptors. Highlights at the lodge include luxurious tent-style accommodation, a `Naturally Wild' gym and spa, a swimming pool, and a river-viewing deck with plush hammocks and easy chairs.More information
Leroo La Tau
Leroo La Tau is set on the banks of the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This beautiful reserve is famous for its large concentrations of zebra and wildebeest. The lodge’s riverine setting makes for superb game viewing close to the camp – and from the camp’s raised hide. The safari-style thatched chalets offer en-suite bathrooms and a range of modern amenities; and camp facilities include a dining room, reading room and bar, expansive wooden decks and a plunge poo. There is also a magical outdoor fireplace for post-dinner conversation and star-gazing.More information
Mowana Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park region
This luxury lodge on the banks of Botswana’s Chobe River has been built around a majestic 800-year old Baobab Tree. The luxury Mowana Safari Lodge boasts a hairdressing salon in a tree-house and a swimming pool that seems to disappear into the surrounding landscape. There are tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course. Excellent cuisine with flavors of exotic Africa is served at the Serondella Restaurant and Boma Terrace, while the Savuti Bar is the ideal venue for guests to quench their thirst after an exhilarating safari into Botswana’s premier Chobe National Park.
Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe Forest Reserve
Ngoma Safari Lodge is a luxurious safari destination situated in northern Chobe, within the Chobe Forest Reserve. Guests are accommodated in exclusive river-facing suites that include indoor bathrooms and showers, all modern amenities and private outdoor sanctuaries with stunning riverfront views. In the shade of a magnificent ancient Baobab tree, the main lodge offers a tranquil lounge, dining room and bar. Guests can enjoy the sparkling swimming pool set in a sundeck and game-viewing platform.More information
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp
This boutique camp comprises five luxurious suites featuring ‘star baths’ and ‘sky beds’ on a private deck. An oasis of tranquillity and comfort in the fertile Okavango Delta, this remarkable camp is situated in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. To minimise its environmental impact, the camp has been built using eco-friendly and recycled materials. Set on raised platforms in a grove of indigenous trees, the camp has a magical and romantic atmosphere that does justice to its beautiful natural surroundings.More information
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Named after Chief Moremi, this spectacular camp is situated on Chief's Island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural beauty of this area, which transforms seasonally from a tranquil lagoon to a dry floodplain thriving with game, is world-renowned. It is also celebrated as a paradise for predators and plains game, as well as over 500 species of birds. With beautifully styled accommodation and the finest cuisine and wines on offer, Chief’s is regularly rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure.More information
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Chobe National Park
This luxurious, riverside, boutique safari lodge is set on the border of the Chobe National Park. Guests can relax at the split-level pool, unwind with a pampering treatment at the spa and enjoy sumptuous high tea on the lawns of the Chobe River bank shaded by towering hardwood trees before setting out on open vehicle or boat to view the spectacular wildlife of Botswana’s premier wildlife. Guests will enjoy gorgeous cottages with refined luxury finishings, spacious bathrooms and private gardens.More information
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp
This stunning tented camp, on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, offers quiet luxury and a diverse game viewing experience. One highlight is the opportunity to interact and walk with three orphaned elephants and experience Africa from their perspective. This is an experience that guests cherish for years to come. The unique game drive experiences at Stanley’s Camp include water crossings and also motor boating excursions during higher water levels. Guests are accommodated in well-appointed safari tents under a giant ebony tree.More information
Savute Elephant Camp
Located at the heart of the Chobe National Park, Savute Elephant Lodge offers an authentic experience of Botswana and the African wilderness. Guests are accommodated in tented residences with outdoor lounges and spacious private viewing decks. All residences are built on raised platforms for game viewing in comfort. Amenities include four poster beds, lavish bathrooms and discreet air conditioning. Guests enjoy delicious cuisine in the traditional boma and under the African sky with awe-inspiring views over the savannah.More information
Savute Safari Lodge
This beautifully designed lodge is set on the banks of the Savute channel in the Chobe National Park. With only 24 thatch, timber and glass suites on site, guests can enjoy an intimate and exclusive African safari experience. Luxury amenities include private viewing decks and an al-fresco dining area. The swimming pool makes for an ideal game viewing spot on hot days as it overlooks a waterhole teeming with wildlife. Optional open 4x4 game drives and trips to the famous Savute Marsh and ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills.More information
This luxurious tented safari camp lies in prime wildlife territory on the eastern Spillway of the Selinda Reserve. While guests have access to state-of-the-art amenities, the atmosphere at this camp is relaxed for a down-to-earth safari experience. Views from the camp include beautiful floodplains and savannah, with superb game sightings occurring daily from the comfort of the lookout decks. Due to the biodiversity in this area, guests can see a wide range of species, from resident prides of lion to huge herds of elephant and packs of wild dog.More information
This eco-retreat is ideal for environmentally conscious travellers who wish to encounter the diverse wildlife and experience the many activities on offer in the Okavango. There are two separate satellite camps with game-viewing and star-gazing decks that offer unforgettable views over the floodplains. All suites feature indoor and outdoor showers, lounge areas, plunge pools and sun beds – for true luxury and comfort in the heart of nature. Game viewing is spectacular here year-round with frequent predator sightings.More information
Xugana Island Lodge, Xugana Island, Okavango Delta
This authentic safari lodge is situated on a private concession on the island and takes full advantage of this magnificent site. An open boma and al fresco dining area overlooks the expanse of pristine water that makes up the permanent Delta. The lounge, bar and dining areas are set back under an Ebony and African Mangosteen tree canopy in open sided thatched structures, and the swimming pool, located within the mature gardens in the centre of the island, is a perfect place to relax.More information
Zarafa Camp is situated in the Selinda Reserve and offers the perfect fusion of authenticity, luxury and simplicity. Designed in an environmentally-sensitive manner, this gorgeous camp floats on an island in the floodplains of the Zibadianja Lagoon. All tented suites are shaded by enormous indigenous trees and are raised up on wooden decks to maximise the view. The camp’s main lounge is also designed in a tented style and is cooled by the breeze that flows off the lagoon. Highlights at the camp include the dramatic fire pit for safari storytelling and a small ‘jungle’ gym with exercise and yoga equipment.More information
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