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The Okavango Elephant Camp, situated in Botswana on the meeting point of two elephant migration corridors, gives you the chance to connect with nature and rack up special memories.

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Know before you go

• This is a malaria area, so consult your doctor about protecting yourself. Use mosquito repellent and cover yourself up in the evenings.

• You need a 4×4 to reach the camp due to the condition of the roads. This is not necessary if you fly in.

• A solar farm with an inverter provides electricity, with a generator to provide backup.

• Hot water is produced in a boiler heated by a wood fire and is available in the morning and in
the evening.

Elephants moving through the delta, a regular sighting from Okavango Elephant Camp. Photo: Provided

Looking for the ultimate safari? Okavango Elephant Camp offers a bush experience in the middle of the wilderness, offering you a temporary stay in the home of the wildlife that roams the area.

The camp rests on the banks of waterways, surrounded by diverse habitat and wildlife.

 

Cheetah in the delta. Photo: Provided

Known particularly for its lion sightings, the concession offers a splendid game-viewing experience, with large concentrations of game all year round.

Neighbouring the renowned Duba Plains and Vumbura concessions, Okavango Elephant Camp allows access to almost 90 000ha just waiting to be explored.

The concessions closer to the panhandle receive more floodwater and provide the best opportunities for boat safaris, and this area is also one of the most sought-after for mokoros, the traditional, wooden canoes used in the delta. Lion, cheetah, leopard, African wild dog, and large herds of elephant and buffalo, are frequently spotted, and the sound of frogs and birds fills the air.

If you are lucky you may see the shy sitatunga, a swamp-dwelling antelope found in the marshes of the Okavango, which boasts greater variety and numbers of wildlife than in the south and west of Botswana.
Trips to the Okavango Elephant Camp are personalised and full of authentic adventures, some inspired by our environment and community, such as a visit to the local village school or to the Kgotla chief to experience Tswana culture. At night beneath the stars, you are surrounded by the magical sounds and smells of the savanna, and evenings around the campfire are not complete without authentic food, joining in the dancing and drum beating, and local guides telling their stories.

 

Plenty of waterways to explore. Photo: Provided.

To add to the experience of game drives, walks in the wilderness and sundowners in a mokoro, Okavango Elephant Camp’s conservation projects give you the chance to immerse yourself in all
things wild.

In the Delta, the successful Communities Living Among Wildlife Sustainably (CLAWS) is an initiative sponsored by Okavango Elephant Camp that aims to protect both predators, and the livestock owned by communities in the area, and this ultimately also reduces human-wildlife conflict.

The project’s pioneering Herding Progamme has a fully automated Lion Alert System that sends alerts to

Lion are just some of the species spotted in the delta. Photo: Provided

villagers as soon as a lion approaches, which ensures the safety of the lions and the livestock in the community.

Part of the project entails the establishment of communal livestock herds protected by six certified herders and their guard dogs.

Not only has this helped to prevent overgrazing, but lion populations have grown positively, as villagers no longer poison lions suspected of killing livestock.

 

Makoros at sunset.

Visitors to Elephant Camp may also join the research team as they track the satellite-collared lions at night.

Damage to baobab trees

Another successful initiative is Adopt-A-Baobab founded by Okavango Elephant Camp. Okavango Delta has the highest concentration of elephants in the world, one adult consuming between 90-270kg of vegetation per day. Baobab trees (Adansonia digitata), some around 5 000 years old, form part of the elephant’s diet and, with the high elephant numbers in this area, extensive damage calls for the preservation of these trees.

To limit desertification and habitat degradation in the Okavango Delta, Adopt-A-Baobab protects the iconic baobab with environmentally friendly slurry of neem oil, dung, and termite-mound soil that is painted on the trees and discourages elephants from eating them. The team regularly takes photographs of the protected trees to measure the regrowth and health of the trees, and will also start planting new trees.

Visit www.okavangoelephantcamp.com for more information. Book your safari today and become a part of the Okavango Elephant Camp community. Contact +27 82 883 3396. Email reservations@okavangoelephantcamp.com

Where in the world?

The Okavango Elephant Camp is 28km from the small village of Seronga. There is an airstrip in the village and easy access for self-drive guests. The camp is situated in the NG12 Concession

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