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Mombo Camp

A conservation-forward, luxurious African safari camp Mongo camp is set on Chief's Island deep in the Moremi Game Reserve.

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Selinda Camp

Selinda Camp is a luxury property with a unique location and has a strong emphasis on conservation efforts and game viewing. 

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Xigera Safari Lodge

Set in a game-rich private concession within the Moremi Reserve, Xigera is the most plush and pampering experience in the Delta.

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Zarafa Camp

With just four tents, Zarafa Camp in Botswana is as close as you’ll get to a home-like experience in the middle of the bush.
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Chitabe

The Chitabe concession in the eastern part of the Okavango delta borders the Moremi Game Reserve and is one of the richest wildlife zones in the country. It was established by the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks and awarded as a lease to its current holders. The camps were opened in 1997 by owners Dave and Helene Hamman, who are still intimately involved in the camps running, even though they are now part of Wilderness Collection. The Hammans come up to Chitabe three or four times a year from South Africa and each time Helene tweaks the design somewhat. Her attention to detail comes through in everything from the wine selection to the art in each guest tent.

Set on raised decks above the marshland and connected by boardwalks with rough tree trunk railings are eight guest tents in each Chitabe and Chitabe Ledibe (the sister camp next door). The canvas cottages have polished wood floors softened by area rugs, cozy club chairs with reading lamps and desk areas. Helene has always overseen the camps’ design and refurbishment. She has chosen every décor detail from the lovely Provencal-style boutis quilts on the beds and vintage-like suitcases that contain the coffee and tea services in each room to the tribal crafts in the lounge area and the leather bound books in the library. Her husband Dave is a well-known photographer and his black-and-white prints hang over each bed. Bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers as well as double sinks with a tusk towel bar in between the basins.

The communal areas in large thatched tree house like structures include a living room, dining room (meals are communal except when a private dinner is arranged) and a small library tree house with club chairs and a selection of Africa-focused books. On another deck is a small raised pool with loungers and great views of the floodplains. Helene has also been deeply involved with the camp staff, hiring each member and working with many of them on continuing their education and skills by introducing a training and learning center in the camp. This has resulted in a distinct Chitabe pride and warmth among her team that infects guests.

Chitabe is a land-based camp so activities include day and night game drives and, depending on the season, walking safaris, but these can only be done in winter when the grass is low enough to ensure guests’ and guides’ safety. With open plains areas on this tree island, Chitabe supports lots of plains species like zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe and lechwe, which attract predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Both the diversity of animals and birds one can see here and the frequency of high drama feline spottings make Chitabe a favorite among Botswana wildlife enthusiasts.

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Duba Plains

Boasting incredible game viewing and a unique landscape, Duba Plains is an authentic property known for its predator-prey interactions.
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DumaTau

Duma Tau and its neighboring sister camp, Little Duma Tau offer a high-end, chic safari experience in the elephant-rich north of Botswana.

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Jack’s Camp

One of the world’s great desert adventures, Jack’s Camp is considered an incredibly memorable experience, but it is not about big game.

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Jao Camp

Your small plane puts down on the landing strip on a remote island just west of the Moremi Game Reserve, and there is Jao, nestled in the marshes. The husband-and-wife team of renowned architects Silvio Rech and Leslie Carstens—who also designed Wilderness Safari’s North Island resort in the Seychelles—based this safari camp on an Indonesian longhouse, with masses of polished wood and a jungle-treehouse feel. Canvas and thatched-roof units are scattered under canopies of such trees as Jackal-berry, Sycamore Figs and Knobthorn Acacias and linked by raised wooden pathways. The camp was renovated with a focus on sustainability, so the thatched roofs and walkways are actually made from recycled materials, all made to look like natural wood. On the interior, the aesthetic is high-end funk, with an earthy, natural vibe.

As for the animals, its location in the Okavango Delta—which floods during the winter—makes Jao a perfect alternative to the traditional land-based big five safari. Glide across the floodplain as the sun rises, swishing through reeds and lily pads as hippos wade in the water and lionesses stand with their cubs having an early morning. Stop at Hunda Island for a game drive or angle for tiger fish en route. Afterward, visit the gym or the glass-enclosed treatment room on the jungle floor, where guests can indulge in a massage and body scrub while colorful birds flit among the treetops. And don’t miss a Jao “sleep out,” at a remote site some 20 minutes away from the main camp. Lying on mosquito-netted beds under the shooting stars, you only have the sounds of the bush as your lullaby—total tranquility.

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Kings Pool

Tucked among the trees next to one of Linyati River’s marshes, King’s Pool offers close-up views of hippos and elephants.

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Little Mombo

Connected to Mombo via raised walkways, Little Mombo provides the seclusion of a smaller camp but the unbeatable game viewing of its sister property.

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Little Vumbura

A special island camp in the Okavango reached by boat, Little Vumbura is great for mixing water and land-based game viewing.

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Qorokwe Camp

Set in a high-density game area in Botswana’s southeastern Okavango, Qorokwe is a four-star camp with the service, cuisine and game viewing of a five-star lodge.
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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offers an eco-focused home in one of the most highly concentrated game areas in the Okavango Delta.
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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Completely renovated in 2014, andBeyond’s Sandibe is at the front of the pack when it comes to luxe safari accommodations in Botswana. The two-story main building, shaped like a pangolin (an African anteater) and covered in wooden shingles, is architecturally innovative, with soaring curved beams, a library, dining room and inviting living room.

Each of the twelve rooms, which have the look and feel of a cozy bird’s nest, have private pools and decks, outdoor showers and bathrooms with elegant vanity mirrors and copper sinks. The shell of each accommodation is lined with a custom-made insulating fabric, which keeps guests cozy during the colder winter evenings, but can be hot during other times of the year (air conditioning will be installed in each of the rooms soon). Weather permitting, guests may sleep under the stars on their outdoor decks.

The Chitabe concession, where the lodge is located, is a unique combination of grasslands and woodlands with a high density of wildlife (including the elusive leopards). Activities include day and night game drives with a special guide-tracker team and helicopter rides to view the sweeping Botswana landscape. Children are welcome to participate in andBeyond’s WILDchild program, where they can cook with the chefs, make traditional crafts and learn how to track animals. AndBeyond is recognized globally for its work in conservation and sustainability alongside luxury guest experiences, and guests are able to be a part of these efforts during their stay.

Active travelers can maintain their fitness regime thanks to the small gym (one of few among safari camps). There is also a massage room, complete with Africology products—and the occasional elephant passing by.

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Shinde

This Ker & Downey camp offers an authentic and high touch experience with simple accommodations on a private concession.
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Tuludi Camp

Located in the breathtakingly beautiful Khwai Private Reserve, Tuludi offers travelers modern and whimsical accommodations.

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Vumbura Plains

One of the most soulful camps in the Okavango Delta, Vumbura Plains has a special authentic warmth, as part of a tight-knit local community.

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