Okuti was our last camp of three that we visited in Botswana. The first two were Wildnerness Safari camps, and they set the bar pretty high, in terms of accommodation, staff, and ethos. I must say that Okuti was of comparable quality in every way.
The thing I noticed first was that Okuti was managed by Botswanans, at least when we were there. (I think the management staff must work on some sort of rotation.) We felt as if we were being welcomed to someone's private home, of which they were justifiably proud. No request was too large or too small.
We stayed in a family room with our 13 year old. It was absolutely huge, with a completely separate bedroom. There is both an indoor and outdoor shower. Both were great. Our guide, Tshepo, was an excellent tracker and was very conscientious about making sure we were happy and got to see everything we wanted to see. He is a delightful person.
We really appreciated being awakened each morning by coffee and tea. It made the 6 a.m. wakeups easier to bear.
We were there in early June, and it was quite cool at night (hot water bottles provided) and hot in the afternoons--hot enough to use the little pool. We didn't notice any mosquitoes, even when we were on the water.
The food was plentiful and delicious. Everyone ate together at a long table, which we quite liked. I think you could arrange for a private table if you wanted. Some people dressed up a bit for dinner, some wore their safari clothes--either one was fine. The atmposhere is very relaxed. There was a very small curio shop where it was possible to buy souvenirs, some of which were made by the staff. Lizzie's baskets are beautiful!
We thought Okuti was a very special place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Okuti you will discover the treasure trove of wildlife that inhabits the Moremi Game Reserve, one of Botswana’s prime wilderness areas. The ceiling fan cooled rooms have en-suite bathrooms and both indoor and outdoor showers. Each room has a magnificent view of the Xakanaxa lagoon. Public areas include a dining room, sitting room, swimming pool and campfire.Game drives are conducted by specially adapted four wheel drive vehicles. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Okuti Hotel Moremi Game Reserve