Roots & Journeys, Launches Botswana’s “Little Lodge” circuit
Roots & Journeys is the culmination of years of combined Botswana experience of husband and wife Jacques van der Merwe and Anna Butterfield. Having spent time working in and managing some of the country’s top camps, in 2014 they embarked on their own camp project; Mopiri, meaning “little island” in the local Bayei language. Mopiri opened in 2015 and is now the flagship camp of the new Roots and Journeys group. From its opening, Mopiri has proven to be extremely popular with both tour operators and clients.
The Roots and Journeys concept is to offer “the best value for money lodges and camps in Botswana combing: land, water and sand, showcasing the best of the country”
“Our aim is to create a circuit that opens up Botswana in an affordable way to a bigger market including families and multi generation travellers”. To complete the Roots and Journeys circuit two new camps will open in 2018/19
Mopiri – The “ Little Island” Hidden away on the Western side of the Okavango Delta, Mopiri offers their guests the perfect water camp experience. Seven spacious en-suite tents and three family units stand on the edge of Weboro Lagoon, underneath large shady Fig trees and nestled between Palm trees.
Guests will have the opportunity to base themselves at the camp and then explore deep into the Delta and stay at one of the fly camps on Kgatsetswe and Jeranindi Island. Mopiri’s private airstrip is only a five minute boat ride from camp.
Nokanyana – The “Little River” situated 120 kilometres from Maun close to the Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. The camp is newly opened in 2018 and consists of seven standard rooms and three family suite style rooms. There is a large main area overlooking the river consisting of a lounge, bar, dining room and boma. As the group’s “land camp” it is a great place to base yourself to explore Chobe National Park and the Moremi Game Reserve. Access is via the Kwai Airstrip.
Tsau Hills – The “ Little Hill” situated in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Tsau is the last of three developments and is due for completion in late 2018/2019.
The lodge is situated in its own 40,000-hectare concession. It will comprise of ten rooms built around the hill. Activities on offer will include game drives and bush walks.
Tswii Mokoro Trails - Roots and Journeys manages and operates Tswii Mokoro Trails from Maun. If you have clients in Maun, not going into the Delta and looking for an authentic river experience. Trails vary from anything from a 2 to 3 hour excursion up to 3 to 4 nights exploring different islands in the Delta.
Experienced mokoro guides will share first hand knowledge of the fascinating flora and fauna of the area and tell many a folk tale whilst poling along the vast waterways.
What else is new for 2018? – Apart from opening Nokanyana in April, Jaques and Anna will be out in the bush starting work on Tsau Hills.
Roots and Journeys have teamed up to support the Wild Bird Trust. Mopiri is currently working alongside The Wild Bird Trust and has set up a research camp on the island. This will provide guests with the opportunity to learn about their current research, or simply enjoy a short-guided bird walk around the island. For specialist birders, selected dates in 2018 are available to join the Wild Bird Trust, see how they work and get a new perspective on a traditional birding safari.