Accommodation

Mapula Lodge

“A stylish and luxurious camp set on a massive private concession of the Okavango Delta”

Budget level: High-End
Country
Botswana
When to Go
All year
Property Type
Lodge
Location
Northern Botswana
Kids Min Age
6

A prime destination for those looking for an exclusive experience in a blissfully uncrowded area. The camp itself occupies an enviable position on a large, treed island at the edge of seasonal floodplains along the upper reaches of the famous Selinda Spillway, the river that connects the Okavango Delta to the Linyanti.

There’s an area on the northern fringes of the famed Okavango Delta, an enormous, 220,000 acre concession that’s a matrix of floodplains, woodlands and channels. It’s an iconic Delta landscape, and a magical environment in which to enjoy the abundance of wildlife.

In the middle of it all, on a large tree island surrounded by seasonal floodplains, is the laid back Mapula Lodge. Designed by the creators of the Kalahari legend, Jack’s Camp, this is a stylish safari outpost with serious panache. Even better, it’s one of only a handful of camps in the concession making for exhilarating game viewing in a blissfully uncrowded area.

The Camps nine canvas-and-thatch bedroom tents are complete with king size metal four-posters and feather-filled pillows. En-suite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, and there’s two lounge chairs ideal for siesta snoozes. Safari-chic finishing touches include rich Kilims on the floors, polished butler trays and brass lanterns.

At the main area, an aquamarine swimming pool is the perfect antidote to hot Delta afternoons – and if the cool waters don’t tempt you in, the views over the hippo-filled lagoon below might. If you’d rather stay dry, pick a perch in the lounge to keep watch over the wildlife action; there’s a variety of comfy sofas and slouchy armchairs to choose from. Then there’s our ‘chill pit’, a sunken lounge area overlooking the lagoon.

Activities include: Game drives through vast tracts of pristine wilderness in search of lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, hippo and the rare sitatunga antelope.

View the wildlife at eye level on a boat or traditional mokoro safari through the lily-filled channels (water activities are subject to water levels in the Delta and may be limited in low water season from October to January). And option helicopter flips are also available.

Why we like it

  • Located in a wildlife prolific private concession in the Okavango Delta.
  • Combines well with sister camps.
  • Great range of activities with some of the best guides.

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