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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Gunns Camp is a wonderful safari camp with a true history (it was one of the oldest camps in the Delta). It is situated in a beautiful spot, surrounded by channels, lagoons and lots of waterlilies.
Deep in the Delta is where the clear water rises out of the desert and gives way to a spectacle of lush diversity - papyrus islands, secret channels and winding waterways.
Gunn's Camp, situated on the Boro River, overlooking the legendary Chief's Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve is set under leafy palms, blending naturally with it is unique environment to offer comfort balanced by a rustic simplicity.
Gunn's Camp accommodation is in seven luxury meru tents with en-suite bathrooms, colourful fabrics and teak furniture. The main lodge is elevated to make the most of the spectacular views and includes a lounge, dining area, small library with reference books, and small swimming pool.
During your stay at Gunns you will enjoy guided activities such as a mokoro trips and boat safaris (water levels permitting) along the many nearby channels and lagoons. You will also enjoy game and bird walks on the islands.
Chief's Island offers one of the largest populations of African wildlife in the delta area, and sightings may include lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and a variety of plains game from zebra to red lechwe. Gunn's Camp is also a birder's paradise, with over 240 species noted including the rare Pel's fishing owl and endangered wattled crane.
In the evenings as you relax in the main lodge, reflections of treasure memories are cast in the glow of a spectacular sunset.
The annual flooding of the Okavango Delta into the rippling sands of the Kalahari, disperses in a myriad of waterways and twinkling lagoons, creating a delicate web of life. Using interactive maps, find out the best time to visit and our recommended Okavango accommodation options.
In the heart of the Okavango Delta, Gunns Concession is dominated by the deep Boro River. Many of the activities in the Gunns' Concession are focused on the water. Mokoro trips are perfect for birding whilst boat trips are ideal for watching crocodiles, hippo and elephant.
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