Rra Dinare: A Different Experience
Rra Dinare Camp opened early, just 6 months ago, and our first guests were treated to the best welcome we could possibly have hoped for: a pride of lion on a zebra kill – and they (the guests) couldn’t have been more thrilled. Whilst we knew our newest concession is in one of the most wildlife rich regions of the Okavango, to start with such an incredible “opener” was simply fantastic. Of course, we did also wonder if this might just have been “lucky” but we soon realized this was just the start. The consistent and incredible sightings during the cooler winter months, into the hotter, arid summer months and now as rains being to draw in, have given rise to wonderful photographic opportunities, which continue to excite and impress our visitors.
It might be of little surprise to find abundant herds of buffalo in the area (“Nare” being the local Setswana word for Buffalo) but to be honoured and fortunate enough to see more elusive and rarer species on a regular basis is a treat; and the reason: unique to this area, we have two distinct but related ecosystems: the influence of the Okavango Delta combined with the magnitude of the Kalahari Desert. The snake-like Gomoti River Channel winds its way through the concession – fanning out into Delta floodplains in front of Rra Dinare camp. These open flooded plains create a haven for the more aquatic species associated with the Okavango such as: Red Lechwe, Saddle-billed Storks, Ethiopian Snipe, Hippo, abundance of herons and Wattled Crane – not just a pair or trio as usually sighted – but a flock size of over 20 at a time can congregate here. The camp itself provides a nesting spot for the older buffalo bulls at night, who retreat from the plains to ruminate beneath the arboreal decking. Our elevated walkways have been designed with animals and people in mind, dipping to ground level at various points to allow larger, taller animals access to the drier, desert backcountry which we explore on day and night time game drives and on foot. So we are definitely in the Okavango – aren’t we?
We’re not sure that our resident Aardwolf, often-sighted Kgori Bustard and Bat eared Foxes would agree – along with the families of Ostrich and rare “but there” Cheetah. These species favour and depend upon a desert environment and depend on such an ecosystem for survival and regeneration. However, the drier pans, mopane woodland and acacia veld also provide the perfect habitat to Sable and Roan Antelope, hundreds and hundreds of cow herd buffalo, who rely on grassy islands at night for their bedtimes. Beautiful, majestic groups of elephant wander through, nursing calves and chivvying each other as they go. Pockets of the much treasured Kalahari Shepherd’s Tree also occur so, yes, we can safely say we are in the desert – can’t we?
In addition, The “usual” suspects: Elephant, Lion, Wild Dog, Leopard, Impala, Kudu, Hyena and Steenbok may all be found but perhaps the most exciting of all, have been the iconic sightings of Black and White Rhino. Different individuals: mother with calf, lone bull, a couple together… And one client lucky enough to observe from the mokoro…
Whether looking for the Okavango, the Kalahari or a great Botswana safari experience, Rra Dinare is the perfect destination for guests wanting to enjoy the incredible diversity and variety that Botswana has to offer – all in one location.
Rra Dinare camp is a classic, intimate 8-tented safari Delta camp in a private concession bordering Moremi Game reserve and overlooking the Gomoti River floodplains. Our second camp due to open in the same concession in May 2018 will be a 9-tented camp set on the banks of the Gomoti River. Both camps have swimming pools, curio shops and family tents. A feature of the incredibly spacious tents is the private lounge area with a secluded veranda. The tent size is 60 square metres excluding outdoor veranda (varying in size but approx. 15 – 25 square metres). Activities include game drives, bush walks and mokoro. Seasonal variances in water levels and weather affect game movements and the availability of some safari activities.