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Reviewed May 10, 2015

We & our friends, from Australia, recently spent 2 wonderful nights at 'Camp O', as its affectionately called. Although my husband & I grew up in Africa & have been very exposed to game reserves & game lodges etc. during our time living in Africa, this was our first Okavango Delta experience. 'Camp O' was our first stop in Botswana & it didn't disappoint. We were warmly greeted by the staff at the airstrip & this friendliness & helpfulness continued throughout our stay. One of our party required a gluten free diet & this was catered to at every single meal - right down to baking her own loaf of bread!! We cannot compare this camp to any other but for us, it was pure magic & our Australian friends were blown away!! It was no more or less than we expected - after all you are right in the heart of Africa & very isolated! Our accommodation was very comfortable & more than adequate. I will comment, however, that it could probably be uncomfortable at night in the very hot months, without air-conditioning but I understand that refurbishment is on the cards. All our game viewing was sensational - we were fortunate & saw a lot. The walking safari was a first for us & we were privileged to see a couple of male lions, amongst many other animals. Zakes, our guide, was brilliant & so informative & interesting. He even took us all fishing one afternoon. We can only recommend 'Camp O'!

  • Stayed: April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Camp Okavango, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2015

Dear MelbourneCazza

Thank you for choosing Desert and Delta Safaris for your first stop in Botswana. Truly an amazing experience heading to the delta. Yes, exciting times ahead for Camp Okavango as a full camp rebuild has recently been confirmed. The camp is going to be upgraded and rebuilt completely. I do however need to advise that the running of aircons in our camps is not on the cards and the noise pollution to the environment of having then, to run generators 24 hours a day 7 days a week detracts from the full safari experience. I would recommend that any travellers looking to travel, who do perhaps feel the heat easily, look at travelling during the cooler months, these being between May and August.

Many thanks for staying with us and hopefully we will see you and your friends at one of our other Desert and Delta Safaris Camps in the future.

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Desert and Delta Safaris

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Reviewed March 5, 2015

The camp itself was nice, it had everything the other camps had the only thing that was missing was wildlife. We were there in mid November 2014 and found that there was a wild elephant loose in the camp, this created a lot of excitement for all the guests, including us because we needed help from staff just to get into our tent, which by the way is a permanent tent not a portable one that some of you might think. He ate his way through our camp and each day there were fewer trees and new pathways. One night we slept with the emergency bull horn because this rogue elephant decided to eat the trees that ran along side of our tent...this made it impossible to sleep. So we waited it out and an hour or so later he moved on but the next morning what we saw surprised us...a new path was carved out over night and it ran along the entire backside of our tent. We had quite a good laugh over it all :-)
The water safaris were actually boring seeing only a handful of wildlife and quite a few birds but not enough to keep us interested. Our water safaris were simply not fun at all!
Then on the walking safari we saw game from quite a distance and if it were not for the binoculars we would have been very disappointed. Of course being on foot limited how much you could see as well as how clearly you could view it. If it were me I would not do this again but would focus on the more traditional game drives in other areas of the Okavango such as Moremi Game Reserve and the Makgadikgadi Pans area or head to the Chobe area.
The mokoro ride was also less than stimulating, first they use a replica of one to conserve the trees but that gives you a heavy weight fibre glass canoe with a built in seat for comfort. Then the water was so low as it usually is in November...we kept getting stuck on the muddy ridges and there was no wild life in site and only a handful of birds and crocodiles. It just wasn't enough to keep a person stimulated. We ended the mokoro ride with a fantastic sundowner, which was more entertaining then our ride. For those that do not know what a sundowner is we are provided with a variety of refreshments of all sorts, this one was later in the day so we were served everything from beer to wine and everything in between along with some snacks., which is just enough to tie you over til dinner which is at 8pm.
I should mention that we never ran into one mosquito during our visit here.
Although there is no WIFI there is one computer available for all the guests to share. So you do have access to the Internet.
We had fun here but not because of the wildlife, it was more our own humor with the people we met here.
Personally I do not think November is the time to be here and other seasons would provide more action.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms are equally good. If you want something upscale they do have a honeymoon suite which we did not stay in :-)
  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank WilmaWood
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Management response:Responded May 26, 2015

Dear WilmaWood

Many thanks for the extensive and very useful review. Yes, agreed travelling at the right time is definitely important, especially if you have a clear list of things you would like to see. There is never any guarantee of what you will see though, when on safari, and this is part of the magic and joy you will experience when you do see the wildlife. As mentioned, some months are better, as there is a better chance of seeing wildlife. The months when the Delta experiences heavy rainfall, this will make visibility of animals very difficult as well as the high grass.
One day is always different to the next when on safari.

Kind Regards
Desert and Delta Safaris

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Reviewed January 19, 2015

We stayed in the Honeymoon suite and the accommodation is completely sub standard, to the point of it being not really fit for purpose. The suite is massive, very very big. However despite its size its a throw back to the 1980's and not in a good way. The furniture is dire and somehow it remains constantly dark with nowhere near enough natural light getting into the room and their is not enough lights in the room and the few that are in the room are in the wrong places. However even worse than this is the fact their is no aircon with only a ceiling fan which stops when the generator stops. As a consequence we got very little sleep as the room was just too hot. Other problems with the room include the fact their were no mosquito shades on the windows / doors to help with the heat, the shower / bath water is a rather putrid brown and smells of the swamp, the mosquito netting over the bed has huge holes in it and their were insufficient electrical plug points.


Apart from the rooms the communal areas are also inadequate in this day and age. There is no Wi-Fi in the camp and the tap water is not drinkable. This was the only camp (we stayed in over 7) where this was the case. The communal areas are very basic and far behind the competition. Furthermore their is no proper path between the airstrip and hotel. That sounds petty but its very annoying when your their.

Whilst the accommodation and facilities are terrible the staff are excellent. Their service is fantastic and they are very pleasant. In addition the food is excellent. Our guide Zakes was great and one of few guides we encountered who focused on fauna and small animals as well as bigger ones. He was very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him. It is also very nice to do waer based activities and the activities are very different from all the other camps we went to.

In short the staff do an amazing job with this decreped, very shabby and sub standard camp. Their service and attitude is amazing, with the food being very good as well. However the lack of air conditioning and holes in teh mosquitto nets means the sleep quality is very poor. The staff told us teh whole camp is being demolished and rebuilt in November 2015. I can see why as currently teh accomodation is just substandard and I couldn't recommend staying here in its current decrepid condition. Once its been rebuilt, then the location, unique activities and fantatic staff mean their is a good chance this will be an excellent camp. Just don't stay here until then.

Room Tip: Just don't bother staying until its been refurbished (Its being completely knocked down and rebuilt in Nov 2015)
  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank FBrown1980
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Camp Okavango, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2015

Dear FBrown1980
Many thanks for taking the time to complete the review. I would like to confirm that Camp Okavango will under go a full rebuild. Details of this will be sent to all on our mailing list as well as an update added to our Desert and Delta Safaris webpage.
http://www.desertdelta.com/press-releases.html
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Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed January 9, 2015

Being picked up by Chillie B at the airstrip we had to walk some 5 minutes before we arrive in the camp. In the camp we met Wabone, Wame, Carol, Unami, KB, Metsi, Brighton, Phet, Aron, Tammie and Ollie in the three days we stayed at Okavango Camp. They took great care of us. Chillie B made our boat trips a absolute high. Lots of bird and most of all tranquility as soon as we stopped and the motor was turned of. We also had a lot of fun with him and the staff. On the 1st of December the staff and guest had a memorable celebration for World Aids Day. After three days we left with marvelous experiences richer. Thanks Harriët & Peter.

  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank PenHL
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Camp Okavango, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2015

Dear Harriet and Peter

Many thanks for sharing your wonderful experience you had with Desert and Delta Safaris. Venturing out into the Delta and getting to see the amazing bird-life and then taking a few moments to enjoy the tranquility and the beauty of the Okavango Delta, is truly an amazing experience and one that you will have with you for a lifetime. We do hope to be able to welcome both of you back in the future.

Kind Regards
Desert and Delta Safaris Team

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Reviewed January 7, 2015

Okavango delta is very different from the first two places we stayed in Botswana so all the water was a nice change. Staff were wonderful and food was good. The tents were not the same high standard as others but more than adequate. Did not enjoy the boat ride as we seemed to be racing along for no real purpose but the game drives were enjoyable. Bird sightings were fabulous.

  • Stayed: October 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Izzy002
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Riley_81_10, Marketing Assistant at Camp Okavango, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2015

Dear Izzy002

Thank you for choosing to stay with Desert and Delta Safaris whilst in Botswana. Yes, you are correct in saying that Botswana can be a very dry place, and that is one of the many reasons that makes the Delta such a special and magical place. The amount of water surrounding Camp Okavango is vast and does make for a different safari experience and very welcomed by you as you have mentioned. I am pleased to confirm that Camp Okavango will be under-going a full re-build and is due to be complete early next year.
Perhaps we will be welcoming you back at some point and you can experience the new Camp.

Kind Regards
Desert and Delta Safaris

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