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Upon arrival in Maun you will be met by Delta Air who will assist you to the light aircraft and onwards air transfer to Oddballs’ Enclave.
The Enclave is on an island just off the south-western edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, and bordering Moremi Game Reserve.
The camp is accessible only by light aircraft. On arrival, you will be met at the airstrip by your private guide, who will remain your guide for the duration of your stay.
The Enclave offers only walking and mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) safaris of the swamps. Your private guide (maximum of two guests per guide) was born and raised in the area. He owns his mokoro (the genuine wooden article, no plastic replicas for us) and will take you out in it in the early mornings and afternoons, to nearby islands where he will walk with you to view game and the spectacular landscape that is the Okavango. On request, the camp will pack a picnic lunch for you, allowing you to stay out the whole day.
Walking unarmed amongst the full range of Africa’s wildlife is an experience that will live with you for a long time. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of this landscape and he will share his knowledge of the big and little things that with both surprise and astound you.
Finding out more about your guide and his way of life is a fascinating experience for visitors. The way of life excites great curiosity in many guests, and if you ask your guide he will be happy and proud to take you to his village, the last redoubt of the baYei people who colonised the Okavango in the late 1700s, gliding in their dug-outs out of the Zambezi, into the Chobe, thence into the Linyanti, the Selinda, and finally the Okavango. You may meet the chief or his elders, his wife or girlfriend and children, and visit his home in this idyllic island in one of the world’s most beautiful places.
Oddballs’ Enclave can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests, in five twin or double bedded mini-Meru tents, making it a classic and intimate camp. The tents are on elevated wooden decks, each with a semi-detached private bathroom with an al fresco bucket shower, and hot and cold running water.
The guest areas have a variety of comfortable seating and a raised viewing deck overlooks the sweep of the Delta – the perfect place to watch the sun or moon rise and view whatever wildlife may be visiting. Meals are enjoyed on the deck with spectacular views across the floodplains to distant island forests.
You have two full days to enjoy the activities on offer and to explore the Okavango Delta
After breakfast at Grasslands Bushman Lodge, you will depart by light aircraft to Camp Savuti.
The Savuti Marsh, fed by the Savuti Channel, has developed a reputation over the years as one of the world’s premier predator viewing areas, boasting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife on the African continent. A number of award-winning documentary films shot in Savuti have cemented its reputation.
The Channel, dry since 1982, started flowing again in 2010 and is now once again flooding the Marsh, an area of sweet grasses that attracts herbivores of every description and, this being Africa, their attendant predators.
The activities on offer are morning and afternoon game drives through the park and along the fringes of the Channel and Marsh. The game-viewing vehicles are open to facilitate game-watching and photography, and your guide will delight in showing you the beauty and diversity of Savuti’s natural wonders. This area offers superb game and birding-viewing in the open areas of Savuti within Chobe National Park.
Camp Savuti is a small, intimate camp of just five Meru tents accommodating a maximum of 10 guests in comfort and style. The tents have been positioned to ensure privacy and a modest level of exclusivity throughout the camp. Each tent sits on a platform, with views over the Savuti Channel. The tents are large and spacious with en-suite facilities and views from your deck.
In the guest areas, there is a comfortable and intimate lounge, bar and dining area, all overlooking the Savuti Channel.
Two full days to further explore Savuti and the Chobe National Park.
After breakfast at Camp Savuti, you will depart via road transfer to Camp Linyanti.
Camp Linyanti is a 90 minute game drive from Saile airstrip located in the Chobe National park. Fed by the flooded Chobe and Kwando rivers, the vast floodplains of Linyanti stretch out to Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, and create a wetland oasis in an otherwise parched landscape.
Remote, inaccessible except by air or arduous tracks of heavy sand, Linyanti is the cognoscenti’s hide-away. Great trees stud the open riverine forest as it approaches the water’s edge, and the interface, especially in the dry season, is a game-and bird-viewer’s delight.
Twice daily game drives through the forest and along the waterways yield a marvelous array and variety of wildlife, with traditionally dry-land and wet-land species vying with one another. Hippos snort in the lagoon, while Brown Hyena prowl the forest and with excellent opportunities to see Sable and Roan antelope.
The game-viewing vehicles are open to facilitate game-watching and photography, and your guide will delight in showing you the beauty and diversity of Linyanti.
Camp Linyanti is small and intimate – five elevated, en-suite rondavel tents with outdoor showers accommodate just ten guests in this simple and charming camp overlooking a vast lagoon.
Two full days to explore the Linyanti area of the park.
You will have the opportunity for an early morning game drive and a sumptuous breakfast, before making your way to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight back to Maun.
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