Desert & Delta Safaris has 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 travelers to the Okavango Delta for over  35 ye ars,  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.

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-CONSCIOUS 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.

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 approx. 20,000 liters 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. 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 lea ds 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.



The new family unit incorporates two separate bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms with interleading 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).

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.

Recognized 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.

THE DESERT & DELTA SAFARIS PORTFOLIO
What makes Desert and Delta Safaris unique is that our properties in Botswana are strategically  located within the key wildlife areas of Botswana. A combination of these areas allow for quite  possibly the best safari circuit within the destination. All our properties are common rated and we  offer a long stay NET rate structure applicable to any of our properties within any one booking.

Another key advantage to the Desert and Delta Safaris circuit is the fact that every property is completely different to the next. We have specifically avoided using the same building styles, furnishings, decor and even cutlery and crockery for a reason. Every destination should be experienced for its own merits and atmosphere and although our high service levels are maintained throughout all of our properties, the physical lodge or camp experience is different.

OUR PROPERTIES INCLUDE
Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park 
Camp Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve
Xugana Island Lodge, Okavango Delta 
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park
Camp Moremi, Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp Okavango, Okavango Delta
Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park 
Chobe Savanna Lodge, Chobe River, Namibia

For more information on Desert & Delta Safaris: www.desertdelta.com or to view our latest videos of our company, lodges and camps: Desert & Delta Safaris Videos
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new high resolution images of Camp Okavango

NEW POLICY REGARDING DRONES IN BOTSWANA

USE OF DRONES BY GUESTS TO DESERT & DELTA SAFARIS CAMPS AND LODGES

As a Botswana owned and based company, Desert & Delta Safaris respects the privilege we have to operate in the areas we do, in doing so, we base all our policies on the laws of the country.

Considering drone filming/ photography, these are as follows: To anyone wanting to bring and/or operate drones in Botswana/Chobe Game Lodge/Desert & Delta Safaris

Filmers / Photographers / Researchers / Tourists flying their own air craft should follow the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) regulations.

Botswana is part of ICAO, and the working group on UAV's states:

Convention on International Civil Aviation - Article 8 - Pilotless aircraft

No aircraft capable of being flown without a pilot shall be flown without a pilot over the territory of a contracting State without special authorization by that State and in accordance with the terms of such authorization. Each contracting State undertakes to insure that the flight of such aircraft without a pilot in regions open to civil aircraft shall be so controlled as to obviate danger to civil aircraft.

Authorities have advised us that it is now highly illegal to fly Drones in Botswana - more particularly within the protected wildlife areas and BDF (Botswana Defense Force) have been instructed to shoot them down if seen.

Official fines & legal repercussions of breaking Botswana law will follow.

Furthermore - Chobe Game Lodge and the Desert & Delta Safaris properties are located near international borders and in areas where anti-poaching surveillance is extremely intense. BDF patrols are frequent and helicopter and government surveillance of these areas for both security and anti-poaching control is high.

Under no circumstances will Desert & Delta Safaris/Chobe Game Lodge permit use of drones without official permits and licenses as well as the relevant communications required with local Wildlife departments.

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