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May 5, 2016

The New Camp Okavango Opens

Filed under: Camp Okavango — Tags: , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 9:40 am

We have great pleasure in announcing that construction of the new Camp Okavango is now complete and we welcomed our first guests back to our Okavango Delta paradise on Nxaragha Island on the 14 April 2016.

Having hosted travellers to the Okavango Delta for over 35 years, in November 2015 Camp Okavango said goodbye to its last guests and made way for the new Camp Okavango which promises to continue the traditions for which the original camp is renowned only now from a newly designed eco-sensitive camp.

Aerial view of Camp Okavango on Nxaragha Island in the Okavango Delta

Aerial view of Camp Okavango on Nxaragha Island in the Okavango Delta

The rebuild of Camp Okavango took a total of 5 months which began with the complete removal of the original camps infrastructure. The new camp has moved to the edge of the Nxaragha Island to take advantage of the impressive delta scenery but kept within the original camps general location to ensure there was minimal impact on the environment during construction.

AN ECO-CONCIOUS DELTA CAMP

In keeping with our sustainable tourism objectives, Camp Okavango has been built using a variety of modern, non-invasive, building techniques. Along with the eco-friendly design of the lodge, it is now run entirely on renewable solar energy. The seventy kilowatt solar power plant provides the camp with twenty four hours of clean, green energy.

Solar Power at Camp Okavango

Maintaining the new solar panels at Camp Okavango

Back of house power system at Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango is powered by a state of the art solar and battery powered system

In addition to this initiative we have further reduced the impact on the environment by installing a state of the art water treatment plant that can provide approximately 20 000 litres of environmentally friendly waste water a day. This water is now used to irrigate the camp environment as well as Camp Okavango’s private grass airstrip. Previously this water was extracted from the Delta, but with this new technology it is now pumped into our irrigation system to maintain the natural grass surfaced airfield which guests use to access the lodge every day.

LAYOUT & DESIGN

Perfectly poised on the edge of the Nxaragha Island, Camp Okavango’s expansive main area has been built on elevated wooden decks with interconnected walkways linking the two lounge areas, dining room, library, self-service bar and curio shop.

Sunset at Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta

Sunset from the deck at Camp Okavango

Lounge area at Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta

Ample space for guests to relax in the lodges main area

Impressive views of the Okavango Delta from Camp Okavango

Sweeping decks and impressive views over the Okavango Delta

In front of the thatched lounges sweeping ramps lead to the lower decks with two open-air fire pits and comfortable seating areas to relax and take in the natural surroundings. There is a third deck which leads off from the main area into which hosts a secluded rim flow swimming pool and thatched lounge for those warm summer days.

GUEST ACCOMMODATION

Camp Okavango has twelve rooms, accommodating a maximum of 24 guests in eleven intimate safari suites and one family suite. All rooms are on elevated wooden platforms and are connected with the main lodge via a wooden walkway.

Each of the guest rooms have been carefully placed beneath the natural Okavango Delta vegetation offering impeccable views over the delta. Inside, the expansive open-plan rooms have a bedroom (double or twin configuration), lounge and en-suite bathroom. The en-suite bathrooms have double vanities, double shower and a separate water closet. Through the large stack away sliding doors the rooms open onto a private viewing deck from which to take in the spectacular scenery.

Guest rooms at Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta

Spacious and comfortable open plan guest rooms

Guest room interiors at Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Looking through the guest room from the spacious bathroom

Guest rooms beneath the forest in the Okavango Delta

Aerial view of the guest rooms neatly tucked beneath the delta vegetation

Guest room views at Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Looking out over the delta from inside the guest rooms

The new family unit incorporates two separate bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms with inter-leading doors for easy access between the rooms. With the inclusion of a family room, Camp Okavango now forms part of our new Ultimate Family Safari Packages which offer families the opportunity to experience the diversity of Botswana on an easy to book and flexible itinerary.

More information on our Ultimate Family Safari Packages can be found on our website.

THE CAMP OKAVANGO EXPERIENCE

With its location deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Camp Okavango focuses exclusively on exploring the natural wonders of the delta. Our experienced guides take guests out to explore the intricate waterways of the delta from the comfort of a modern motorboat or the old-fashioned way, in a traditional mokoro (dugout canoe).

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta with Camp Okavango

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta with Camp Okavango

The rare Sitatunga in the Okavango Delta with Camp Okavango

The rare Sitatunga in the Okavango Delta

For those eager to get closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on the many nearby  islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness.

Guided bush walks in the Okavango Delta with Camp Okavango in Botswana

Enjoying a guided bush walk on a delta island

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s last true remaining wilderness regions. The new Camp Okavango allows visitors the opportunity to truly immerse themselves into this water wilderness environment from a modern eco-sensitive camp which exudes the traditions of the original Camp Okavango and Desert & Delta Safaris.

Desert & Delta Safaris staff at the new Camp Okavango in Botswana

Our staff enjoying their new Okavango Delta paradise

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February 2, 2016

The New Camp Okavango Rebuild Underway

Filed under: Camp Okavango — Tags: , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 2:25 pm

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.

The fireplace at the original Camp Okavango

The fireplace at the original Camp Okavango

As part of our objective to continually adapt and improve our safari offering we decided it is time to rebuild Camp Okavango. Having been in operation for 35 years, we felt the camp required significant improvements to ensure it continues offering authentic delta safaris for our guests and to bring it in line with our responsible tourism objectives. Construction of the the new Camp Okavango began in November last year (2015) and will be welcoming its first guests in early April 2016. The Okavango Delta is one of the world’s last true remaining natural heritage sites and the new Camp Okavango will allow visitors the opportunity to truly immerse themselves into this environment

With the old lodge having been completely removed and the area under rehabilitation, the new Camp Okavango is been moved closer to the edge of the Nxaraga Island to take full advantage of the impressive views across the delta. The entire lodge is being built on raised wooden platforms allowing guests to enjoy the expansive views of the Okavango Delta from the public areas and luxury guest rooms, all interlinked by a raised walkway.

 Nxaraga Island in the Okavango Delta

Aerial view of Nxaraga Island and the Camp Okavango site

Room structures will encompass a blend of timber and canvas, ensuring that the best use of ventilation and light can be achieved. The larger guest 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 through large stacking doors.

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. Expansive decks, with a fireplace and stargazing decks will lead off from this towards the jetty where most activities depart and arrive from.

Recognising the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of the Okavango Delta, We are committed to ensuring the new Camp Okavango not only offers a unique experience for those wanting to visit this incredible water wilderness, but the new camp is built in a manner in which the impact on this fragile environment is kept to a minimum.

Camp Okavango’s power demands will now be provided for by a renewable solar energy source. An off the grid solar plant installation will provide quiet, environmentally friendly electricity. We have reduced the power demands through the installation of energy efficient appliances and equipment (thermodynamic geysers and solar panels for hot water, LED lighting) by 25%. A sophisticated state of the art water recycling plant will recycle 100% of water waste for irrigation needs for the grounds and the natural grass covered airfield on the island. All timber and furniture used in the construction is from renewable commercially grown timber plantations.

To date, we have completed several of the luxury guest rooms with construction of the lodges main areas well underway. We will continue to update you on the construction process but in the meantime, we hope these images have given you a taste of what will be the new Camp Okavango.

Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta

Looking into the new guest rooms

The new Camp Okavango in the Okavango Delta

Inside the new guest rooms at Camp Okavango

Camp Okavango in Botswana's Okavango Dellta

The new Camp Okavango guest room under a clear nights sky

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