There are a few not-to-be-missed destinations in Botswana that really define the African safari experience. For first-time visitors to the world’s most coveted safari country, the Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta are two regions worth visiting. Passionate safari goers will delight in knowing that Chobe and the Delta offer the best of both land and water based safari experiences. Chobe National Park specialises in game drives and boat cruises along the mighty Chobe River. The Okavango Delta is known for its water-based safari activities such as traditional mokoro, walking safaris, and boating. Wondering where to stay in Chobe and the Okavango? Look no further, our portfolio has three options for you: Mboma Island Expeditions, Camp Savuti, and Chobe Mopani Forest Lodge.
Where to Stay in Chobe and the Okavango Delta
Mboma Island Expeditions, Camp Savuti, and Chobe Mopani Forest Lodge are perfectly placed to enjoy the highlights of Botswana’s most revered regions. One of our consultants can help you map out your Botswana itinerary and discuss the best options to suit your timeframe and budget. Let’s reveal a bit more about our three popular camps that form part of the Sun Destinations Trails of Botswana route.
Mboma Island Expeditions in the Okavango Delta
Conveniently located on the banks of the palm-lined Godikwe lagoon, magical Mboma Island Expeditions is an idyllic hideaway in the Okavango Delta. Fringing the outskirts of the Moremi Game Reserve, Mboma is perfectly positioned to enjoy mokoro adventures in the hippo-filled channels of the Okavango Delta and game drives into the predator-rich Moremi savannah.
Mboma is a stylish, low-impact mobile camp offering an authentic wilderness experience. One could class the experience as glamping, but it’s a level up from glamping. 5 sturdy Meru-style tents sit under a canopy of trees that provide much needed shade during the heat of the day. Each tent has an en suite, open-air bathroom, private bucket showers, and chemical toilets. Interiors are comfortable yet plush, offering a cloud of comfort with the finest linen adorning swag style beds. Lantern lined pathways lead the way from the rooms to the main area of camp which houses a small lounge and bar area, and dining section. And, of course, there is an outdoor firepit area where many nights are spent under the starlit skies.
Camp Savuti in Chobe National Park
Hiding out in a quiet corner of the Chobe National Park in the world-renown Savuti region, sits the quiet Camp Savuti. Savuti is famous for its bulk predator sightings, in particular lion and African wild dogs. The elephant herd count in this section of Chobe is staggering. Award-winning documentaries have been shot in the Savuti area, cementing its reputation as a prime wildlife destination. Camp Savuti is ideal for safari goers wanting to avoid the big crowds during season.
Activities at Savuti include two game drives a day, with the evening drive taking place in the famed Savute Marsh area. The Savuti channel was a dry channel that began flowing again in 2010, but has since stopped flowing and is currently dry. Minor earth tremors caused the unblocking of the Savuti channel which is linked to the Linyanti river system. The changes in the landscape attract unusual wildlife activity. Visitors are provided with ample opportunity to witness a spectacle of migratory wildlife.
All 5 of Camp Savuti’s spacious tented rooms overlook the marsh area, and are built on raised wooden platforms that take advantage of the views. Tents have outdoor showers for fun-loving, adventurous guests who want to elevate their safari experience. You can spend your days relaxing in the covered lounge or bar area, and spend evenings lazing around the roaring campfire in the traditional boma area.
Camp Savuti is raw and wild, and one of the most authentic camps in Chobe National Park.
Chobe Mopani Forest Lodge
In the remote Kasane Forest Reserve sits the newly revamped Chobe Mopani Forest Lodge. The Kasane Forest Reserve is an unexplored concession bordering the Zambezi National Park in norther Botswana. The closes town is Kasane, which makes Chobe Mopani an easily accessible safari destination.
The lodge’s claim to fame is its prolific elephant herds, many of which can be spotted congregating around the lodge’s waterhole – it’s not uncommon to spend evenings dining with elephants. In addition to Chobe Mopani Forest Lodge’s enviable location, it is also fast becoming a sought-after safari destination for large groups seeking a lodge of superior quality with African inspired design.
Boasting 20 bedrooms that all face the waterhole (two levels), this secluded hideaway ensures every need is met in terms of accommodation. Fans, mosquito nets, safes, private balconies with seating, and butler’s trays in each room provide a much needed sense of comfort. In addition to the luxury safari options, there are also 2 Meru style tents on raised platforms that cater for guests requiring something a little bit more luxurious.