Camp O offers a distinctively different kind of safari than most other camps in that there are no game drives in road vehicles. All game-viewing is by boat or on foot so I would recommend pairing this camp with another one that does road drives for a full experience in Okavango Delta. However, you won't find a more delightful and enthusiastic staff with Managers Action and Lydia setting the atmosphere of friendliness, kindness, and bending over backwards to please. On our first afternoon we took the mokoro canoe ride in the delta and saw up close a malachite kingfisher which posed and perched so still for us to take dozens of photos. The peacefulness of the delta cannot be surpassed as we glided along with Robert poling the mokoro and pointing out myriad birds. Then in the midst of the water, a table set with a white tablecloth and sundowners greeted us. The staff served us by wading up to each of the mokoros with almost any drink one desired as the sun set and reflected in the water of the delta. It was truly magical.
The next day a small group of us asked for the best birding guide, who was Obed, and he took us on a bush walk for viewing. It was amazing, especially since we heard the racket of hornbills, crakes, starlings, etc. because the rare fishing-owl was in the trees. Unfortunately we didn't site it, but seeing so many other birds made up for it. After this marvelous morning, Obed and Ona steered our water boat to a clearing in the midst of an island set with white linen table clothes, buffet, full bar and the whole staff ready to serve us lunch.
In the bush walks I felt like a privileged guest allowed to be in the same terrain where elephant, lechwe, giraffe, cape buffalo had grazed. It was exhilarating to see elephants 100 feet away or a row of impala staring us down as we quietly moved amidst the tall grasses. The boat rides gave us a relaxing view of the extensiveness of the delta, and our final afternoon drive was capped when Robert steered us to a pool of about a dozen hippos.
There’s something so special about this camp in that the staff creates little surprises like the different locations where the sundowners are served, the dinner on the lawn by candlelight, and the “bush” lunch. Their dance and song performance was the final highlight at our last dinner in the camp. The Camp O staff were the warmest and most exuberant hosts that made our stay a one of a kind experience in Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are very pleased to announce that the NEW Camp Okavango has officially opened 14 April 2016. The entire camp has been rebuilt and what has been the existing camp has been removed completely. Camp Okavango, due to its very unique location in the heart of the Okavango Delta, is one of the very few properties which can truly offer an authentic Okavango Delta water wilderness experience to prospective visitors. Camp Okavango is a stalwart of Botswana and Okavango Delta safari tradition. Camp Okavango is located on Nxaragha Island, which is surrounded by water all year round. This is a permanent water camp and the ideal location from which guests who truly want to experience the real Okavango Delta can do so. Accommodation is in spacious, elevated and unique safari suites, all raised on decks above the ground and with en-suite bathrooms. There are 11 standard safari suites and one double capacity, inter-leading family suite. Activities are all guided and take the form of boat cruises, mokoro excursions and guided walking safaris on the network of islands within this incredible water ecosystem. Camp Okavango has its own airstrip and can easily be linked to a network of other safari properties by means of light aircraft transfers. Camp Okavango is Managed and staffed by an enthusiastic team of Botswana citizens, some of whom have been at Camp Okavango for more than 36 years. Elevated walkways will connect the rooms to one another and to the main camp public areas, allowing guests to wind through trees as they walk to their rooms. The safari suites encompass a foyer and lounge, large bedroom and ensuite bathroom equipped with double vanity and shower, with an expansive deck accessible through large retractable doors from the room. The family suite has an additional bedroom with separate entree to the bathroom area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Camp Okavango Hotel Okavango Delta
- Camp Okavango Botswana/Okavango Delta