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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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.
The Kings Pool is a very luxurious camp and is perfect for those that want good game viewing (especially of elephant) and total luxury in the bush.
Located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve Mombo Camp is possibly one of Botswana's most famous camps. It is certainly one of the most luxurious, recently having had a total rebuild into a very luxurious safari camp.
Located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve Little Mombo is possibly one of Botswana's most famous camps. Perhaps most unusual aspect are the buffalo that sleep directly under your chalet.
Xudum Delta Lodge is situated within its own 25,000 hectare exclusive wildlife concession. Isolated on a Delta island, this lodge has been designed with privacy and intimacy in mind. Due to the lodge being in a permanent water area you can enjoy traditional mokoro trips.
A masterpiece of design and architecture, Jao is exotic, original and stylish. There is an Indonesian influence to the camp, with wrought iron gongs, driftwood chairs and leather sofas on rosewood floors. It is ideal for boat and mokoro trips.
Vumbura Plains is one of the most luxurious camps in the Okavango Delta. Activities from camp include game drives, walking safaris and boating when the water-levels permit it. We highly recommend a mokoro trip early one morning.
Xaranna Tented Camp is situated in the southern plains of the Okavango Delta, surrounded by over 25,000 hectares of beautiful wilderness. There are stunning views of the crystal-clear channels, lagoons and sweeping floodplains of the Delta.
Zarafa Camp is probably our personal favourite in Botswana and has a beautiful location looking towards the Zibadianja Lagoon. Activities from Zarafa focus on game drives and night drives, but walks from the camp are also possible with experienced guides.
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