The Okavango Delta is situated in north-west Botswana. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of a very few large inland delta systems without an outlet to the sea and it comprises permanent marshlands and seasonally flooded plains. The Okavango Delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife. It is also home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the African wild dog, cheetah, lions, white rhinoceros, and black rhinoceros. The Okavango Delta composed of protected lands wherein about 40% of the property is protected within the Moremi Game Reserve, and the remainder is composed of 18 Wildlife Management Areas and a Controlled Hunting Areas. The delta is considered as Botswana’s major tourist attraction. Here are the top-rated luxury camps in Okavango Delta:
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge is a luxury camp which is hidden amongst the tall Illala palms deep within Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The region is teeming with all the wildlife and African-safari adventure you seek with frequent sightings of leopards, elephants, lions, buffalo and black rhino. The rooms in Belmond Eagle Island Lodge are beautifully tented structures, raised on wooden decking and overlooking a vast, unfettered wetland, each with their own private veranda and hammock.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
The luxury pavilions of Chief’s Camp are located on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve which is a region known as the “predator capital of Africa”. Home to large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as over 500 bird species, the island was used by Chief Moremi as his royal hunting ground. The accommodation in Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is comprised of 12 secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions. The main deck area is split-level and offers expansive views over the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool. The decked lounge, dining area and atmospheric fire pit all overlook expansive floodplains so that guests can continue game viewing in camp. The activities in the camp include a helicopter tour over the delta, and early morning and afternoon game drives. Guest can also try the relaxing spa treatment from the camps’ treatment room overlooking the surrounding floodplain.
Abu Camp offers luxurious tented accommodations to its guests. Each of its six units is nestled under the shady canopy and offers sumptuous furnishings and an en-suite shower and bath. The guest can also take a dip in the pool, or relax in the lounge, where a well-stocked bar awaits. The resident elephants of the vast private reserve offer guests once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to observe and learn about these animals. Abu Camp is also home to other wildlife animals, and the guests will get a chance to see them all on guided walks, game drives, night drives, and mokoro (dugout canoe) safaris.
Located on a river delta in Botswana, Mombo Camp is surrounded by beautiful landscape, open floodplains, and is a goldmine for animal viewing any time of the year. Elephants and big cats are especially abundant in the area. And because animals sometimes walk right through the camp, the luxuriously furnished tent suites stand six feet off the ground for safety. The camp offers luxurious suites. The camp also features a dining room, living area, a plunge pool, and a pub. The guests can enjoy two safari game drives a day.
Vumbura Plains Camp
The Vumbura Plains Camp is located on the Vumbura Reserve, a nearly 130,000-acre plot dedicated to protecting the plants and wildlife of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The camp offers 14 rustic luxury accommodations. The tented interiors feature a pleasing blend of local decor and contemporary amenities such as outdoor shower and cooling plunge pool. Activities in Vumbura Plains include nature walks, boat excursions, and open-air 4×4 drives. The camp is also known for the frequent sightings of wildlife animals such as the lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, and buffalo.