Reasons to Visit
The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of waterways linking secret lagoons and marshlands, where hippo splash in the water and elephants drink at the shallows. Boat trips take you to inaccessible locations and hidden islands for a glorious spot of solitude and wildlife spotting, before a relaxing sundowner drink amongst the reeds.
On a game drive in the Delta, Linyanti or Chobe, you soon discover Botswana’s phenomenal array of wildlife. Lions are often on the prowl in the morning while night drives increase your chances of spotting leopard and other nocturnal species. As well as the cats there are thriving populations of elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and even wild dog.
From the water birds of the Delta to the sand grouse of the Kalahari and flamingos on the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana is a twitcher’s paradise. Rare species like the Pel’s fishing owl, and African pygmy goose are commonly found, with a trip to Chobe, the Delta and the Kalahari offering an unrivalled level of ornithological interest.
Bushman history is an intrinsic element in the evolution of humanity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in Botswana. Bushman communities have survived on the Makgadikgadi Pans and in areas of western Botswana for centuries. A visit there now allows you to interact with them, experiencing first hand how they cook, hunt, eat and live.
Slipping through the Delta's mazy waterways and tall papyrus in a mokoro is the most relaxing way to view game. Serenely moving along with only the gurgle of the water passing under your craft, you encounter lechwe grazing in the shallows, kingfishers perched on overhanging branches and crocodiles lurking in dark corners.
On the Makgadikgadi Pans you experience an ethereal lunar landscape unlike anywhere else in Africa. It is possible to see the curvature of the earth, sleep out under the stars, and at some times of the year watch a great wildlife migration. Although more thickly vegetated, Nxai and Tau Pans also offer unique landscapes and habitats.
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Africa and The Indian Ocean
With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari
Camp Kalahari offers an affordable Makgadikgadi Pans experience. Activities from the camp include walking with the Bushman trackers and exploring the harsh but beautiful scenery of the pans.
Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Okuti Camp is situated in the remote north eastern part of the Okavango Delta in a rich game area. The rooms are stylish and innovative and the main lodge area offers a range of different places to sit and relax in comfort.
Chobe National Park
Chobe Safari Lodge is the ideal place to spend a couple of days exploring the northern stretches of Chobe National Park and all the game viewing opportunities available on and around the river.
Kanana Camp is set deep in the Okavango Delta near the Xudum River. Perhaps one of the most delightful features of the camp is that you can open up your tent completely giving a lovely airy feel during the heat of the day.
Kwara Camp is a traditional safari camp, not luxurious, but comfortable and there is a wealth of game to be seen and a good range of activities, with both water and dry-land options available.
Lebala Camp has a beautiful position raised up on decks overlooking vast seasonal floodplains. Inside each tent is spacious and has large beds, wooden floors and Victorian baths in the en-suite bathrooms.
Nxabega has nine tents spread out in riverine forest with views over a shallow channel. Each spacious tent is on a raised wooden deck and very comfortable and stylish.
Sandibe Camp is stylish, comfortable and totally original in its design. It has been built in a grove of jackalberry, fig tree and ilala palms without a single tree being cut down.
Shinde Camp is tucked away on a palm island surrounded by reedbeds full of birds and tiny painted reed frogs. Shinde has a variety of activities including game drives, walking safaris and mokoro trips.
Xigera is built in one of the most beautiful corners of the Okavango. In an area with no other camps Xigera is very peaceful and an ideal base in the heart of the Okavango.
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