Desert & Delta – Rebuild of camp


Total Rebuild of Camp Okavango
The new Camp Okavango will open on 14 April 2016 following a full rebuild of the public areas and guest tents. Stunning public areas accessed by raised walkways will be linked with the new luxury suites boasting expansive views right across the Okavango Delta. The new Camp Okavango will consist of eleven guest suites and one family suite. The company has taken a good look at the layout of the existing camp and we recognise that for future years, ensuring a true and unique Okavango Delta experience can be achieved from within the camp as well as on activities.

Camp Okavango, located on the remote Nxaraga Island, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, has a rich history, not only within the Botswana Tourism Industry as a whole, but more so in the establishment and traditions of what Desert and Delta Safaris as a company, is today. Camp Okavango has hosted and been the base for Okavango Delta travellers for 35 years. In recent concession lease renewal process, Desert and Delta Safaris has been granted further lease rights to operate Camp Okavango for future years. Given this extended lease period to operate Camp Okavango, the company has taken the decision to completely rebuild the camp within the 2015/2016 camp closure period.

Announcing the rebuild of Camp Okavango, Desert and Delta Safaris Marketing Director, Walter Smith, said “Desert and Delta Safaris today is one of the key players within the Botswana Tourism Industry. The company, established in 1980, has a strong and proven reputation for its contributions to establishing and maintaining a solid reputation as a respected partner in the growth of tourism to Botswana over the years. This month, as we celebrate our 35th year of operations within Botswana, we are happy to announce our further investment into one of the key products and properties which has been fundamental to our growth within this time.”

Recognising the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of the Okavango Delta, Desert and Delta Safaris is committed to ensure that the new Camp Okavango not only offers a unique and premier location and experience for those wanting to visit this incredible water wilderness in future years, but the new camp is built in a manner in which the impact on this fragile environment is kept to a minimum. The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s last true remaining natural heritage sites and the new Camp Okavango will allow future visitors the opportunity to truly immerse themselves into this environment without compromise of comfort and luxury offered by this new facility.

Room structures will encompass a blend of timber and canvas, ensuring that the best use of ventilation and light can be achieved. All rooms will be raised off the ground ensuring that each room enjoys a unique view of the Okavango Delta ecosystem. Rooms will be accessed via raised decks, which all lead to the main camp public areas. The standard rooms will encompass a foyer and lounge, large bedroom area and en suite bathroom containing double vanity, double shower and separate toilet. Expansive decks lead out from both the lounge and bedroom area. The family suite will have an additional bedroom built to the one side of the suite with separate access to the bathroom area.

The public areas will be uniquely built to ensure that expansive views of the Okavango Delta can be utilised. The main area, which will include a lounge and bar area, separate dining area, library and computer room, curio shop and various areas for guests to relax, will be built on the site and to the front of the current Okavango Suite. Expansive decks, with a fireplace and stargazing decks will lead off from this towards the jetty where most activities depart and arrive from.

On 27 November 2015, Camp Okavango will close, the entire infrastructure as it is will be broken down and the new Camp Okavango will take establishment – opening for new guest arrivals on 14 April 2016. Camp Okavango redecorated the tents and public areas in February 2015. We assure that all guests travelling prior to the rebuild will enjoy the exceptional Okavango Delta experience for which Camp Okavango is renowned.

About Desert and Delta Safaris
Desert and Delta Safaris is a 100% subsidiary of Chobe Holdings Limited. The company has been operational within the Botswana Tourism Industry for over 35 years, has direct ownership to all of its products and does not market or manage third party products or services.

From the company’s base in Maun, Desert and Delta Safaris continues to strengthen its offering and is one of the best safari circuits in Botswana. The brand is actively involved with local charities and is one of the industry leaders for citizen development, staff wellness and welfare.

The Desert and Delta Safaris Portfolio
What makes Desert and Delta Safaris unique is that our properties in Botswana are strategically located within the key wildlife areas of Botswana. A combination of these areas allow for quite possibly the best safari circuit within the destination. All our properties are common rated and we offer a long stay NET rate structure applicable to any of our properties within any one booking.

Another key advantage to the Desert and Delta Safaris circuit is the fact that every property is completely different to the next. We have specifically avoided using the same building styles, furnishings, decor and even cutlery and crockery for a reason. Every destination should be experienced for its own merits and atmosphere and although our high service levels are maintained throughout all of our properties, the physical lodge or camp experience is different.

Our properties include:
Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve
Camp Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
Camp Okavango, Okavango Delta
Xugana Island Lodge, Okavango Delta
Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park
Chobe Savanna Lodge, Chobe River, Namibia