For more than 30 years, Jack’s Camp has been an icon of African safaris, pioneering under-canvas luxury on the fringes of Botswana’s ethereal Makgadikgadi Pans. This year the adventurous spirit of Jack Bousfield ventures into new territory, with the early June opening of Duke’s Camp in the magical wilderness of the northern Okavango Delta.
If you’re looking for a private safari destination, Duke’s East truly is a once in a lifetime experience. It is the sister camp to the seriously stylish Duke’s Camp, and is perfect for exclusive-use groups. This is an intimate affair and set slightly apart from the main camp, it offers the same décor style and Bousfield sophistication, yet it is the ultimate getaway for those seeking an elite safari experience.
Jack’s Camp is located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The remnants of an enormous super-lake that used to cover most of Southern Africa, Jack described the area as the “savage beauty of a forgotten Africa.” It’s a landscape of space and remoteness and otherworldly vistas dotted with unique desert wildlife. The new Jack’s Camp will open on 01 May 2020 and will be open all year round, but please note that some activities are seasonally dependent.
Natural Selection continues to grow and complements its premium portfolio in Botswana with the Tawana Camp, a perfect complement to the two previous luxury camps Jack’s and Tuludi. The construction work is already in for many years. It will be built on a similar level to Tuludi Camp. The camp is located in an excellent area: varied, high density of wild animals, water and land. There are no pictures of the actual camp yet. Details will follow promptly from the operator Natural Selection.
North Island Okavango
You can’t dream this kind of adventure up. The camp itself is located on a private island, surrounded by a mosaic of other islands all netted together by shining lagoons and transient channels. Between the floodplains, open savannah and woodlands, there is an abundance of wildlife everywhere. Each tent has been designed around a congregation of beautiful big trees, with exceptional lagoon views. Delights of ebony, mangosteen, rain trees, leadwood and wild fig. The adventure here comes to you in waves, as you safari amongst the islands, rich with wild things and extraordinary beauty. This is without doubt, an incredible Okavango Delta safari experience.
Thamo Telele Lodge
Thamo Telele is a 250-hectare private game reserve located on the outskirts of the iconic safari town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. This intimate and comfortable lodge was recently refurbished and opened its tent-flaps again in March 2022. With an enviable location bordering the Thamalakane River, Thamo Telele can accommodate 22 guests and offers space for relaxation and tranquillity, making it the ideal stop-over either side of any safari.
Tuludi is located in the 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Reserve that borders both the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. Offering a rare blend of dry woodland as wellas the rivers, waterways and floodplains iconicof the Okavango Delta, the area is a veritableparadise for wildlife and there are predators and big game aplenty. Game drives will primarily explore the western side of the reserve, whilstwalks will head into the wilds of the south. Tuludi is open all year round with excellent game viewing. Water levels are highest in April to October for exploring on mokoros and boats. At other times of year, water activities may be restricted.
Sable Alley is located in the 200,000 hectare Khwai Private Reserve concession, overlookingvast floodplains. Red lechwe, waterbuck and reedbuck along with many antelope species are full time residents, whilst sightings of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog are excellent. Elephants abound and very quickly become an all-time favourite. Sable Alley is open all year round with excellent game viewing.
Little Sable is located in the Khwai Private Reserve, a 200,000-hectare area of pristine wilderness in the Greater Okavango. The reserve is bordered by Moremi to the south, Savuti to the north and the Khwai Community Reserve to the east – in other words, in the middle of some of the most famous and iconic game-viewing areas on the continent! The Jackal & Hide is open year-round with excellent game viewing throughout the seasons.
Hyena Pan is in the Khwai Private Reserve, which borders Moremi Game Reserve, the Khwai River and Chobe National Park and is considered one of Botswana’s best game viewing areas. Elephant, buffalo, wild dog as well as lion and leopard are often seen, as are the many antelope and colourful birdlife of the reserve. Hyena Pan is open all year round.
Mokolwane is a small, relaxed camp in one of the largest, and almost untouched, parts of the Okavango Delta. Set amongst a sprinkling of Mokolwane palms, in the Xudum concession (NG29), you’ll find it tucked away in 200 000-hectares of wilderness. Teeming with herds of elephant and all the Okavango predators, with so much space and so much action, it’s no surprise that National Geographic and Netflix filmmaker Brad Bestelink has chosen to base himself here.
Located in the 495,000-acre Khwai Private Reserve. The platforms overlook a busy waterhole that is the only source of water in 50,000-acres and is frequented by bull elephants, along with lion, leopard, eland, zebra, and more making for outstanding game viewing, straight from your platform. Skybeds is open during the dry season only from 01 April – 31 October.
witching off has always been top priority for us at Natural Selection and the sheer thought of exploring the pristine waterways of the Okavango Delta from the privacy of your bedroom, totally floats our boat! Okavango Spirit is an extraordinary houseboat experience offering eight comfy en-suite cabins, with sliding glass doors and private decks for total peace and tranquility in one of the most remote settings in the Okavango Delta. Here you’ll be thrown into a world of beauty, comfort and total serenity. Wake up each morning on the Okavango River, African fish eagles calling, coffee in hand.
San Camp is situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remnant of an extinct super lake that once covered most of Botswana. Whilst they may look empty, the pans are home to unique desert wildlife including ostrich, lion, brown hyena and, of course, the cheeky meerkats. San is open during the dry season only. Please note that some activities are still weather dependent. Direct flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg toMaun and then take a small charter plane to the Makgadikgadi. Road and self-drive transfers from Maun (approx. 4-5 hrs) are also possible.
You’ll find Camp Kalahari amongst the acacias and mokolwane palms of Brown Hyaena Island, on the edge of Botswana’s hauntingly beautiful Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Wildlife in the surrounding savannah includes brown hyena, bat-eared foxes, elephant (the camp swimming pool is a welcome stop!), meerkat and during the green season, spectacular numbers of zebra and wildebeest. Camp Kalahari is open all year round.
Meno a Kwena
Located on the western boundary of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (MPNP), Meno is situated on tribal land overlooking the exceptionally scenic Boteti River, whichhas been flowing since 2008. The camp is easily accessible from Maun – just a 90 minute drive. Meno a Kwena is open all year round. The zebra congregate at the river during the dry season (but this cannot be guaranteed!) and game viewing is excellent in all seasons.
You’ll find Planet Baobab nestled amongst 17 giant baobabs, adjacent to the village of Gweta and about 40 kilometres from Botswana’s mysterious and magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans. It’s a quirky camp in an even quirkier part of the world. Planet Baobab is open all year round. The accommodation is cool, quirky and super comfy. Planet Baobab has an original a la carte restaurant and menu, and meals are comprised of interesting and delicious dishes from all across Africa. We are vegetarian-friendly!
Wilderness Dawning is a Botswana-based safari company offering a wide variety of mobile non-participation camping expeditions. The company also owns ‘Kabbo’, a 16-bed en-suite houseboat that operates on the Okavango Delta. At Wilderness Dawning, safaris are personal. With over 30 years’ experience among the company’s directors, travellers are in capable hands. The company’s experience allows it to provide accommodation combined with the best guides in the business. Wilderness Dawning offers guiding with unspoilt wilderness. Groups are small on scheduled departures.
Uncharted Africa Luxury Mobile Safaris
Uncharted Africa has been operating safari camps and expeditions in Botswana for several generations, and its mobile safaris through the Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta cover some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in Botswana. These remote regions are teeming with wildlife and birds, and a mobile safari is a wonderful way to see the country and all it has to offer. An Uncharted Africa mobile safari runs with a maximum of 12 guests accommodated in spacious Meru tents. Each luxuriously appointed tent is attractively furnished in a 1920s style and has a proper bed and an en-suite bathroom with flush loo and bucket shower. There is a central mess tent although most meals are taken as a picnic in the shade of a tree for lunch or under the stars for dinner.