1 - Savuti Camp - Linyanti Reserve
Savuti Camp lies on the banks of the Savuti channel in a private concession in the Linyanti area of northern Botswana and borders the vast Chobe National Park to the east and the Selinda Spillway to the west, the Linyanti Marsh to the north and vast open reaches of bush to the south where you will eventually come to the Okavango.
This magnificent little camp is beautiful with stunning views out across the channel, with wildlife that is second to none and accommodation that will make your stay just perfect.
This is not the most luxurious lodge (this is relative of course) in the portfolio of Wilderness but has such a fantastic feeling of personal service and superb activities that it beats all their Premier Camps hands down!! Not only this but it is a small camp giving that exclusive and intimate feeling that few lodges can compete with.
Not to be missed.
2 - Machaba Camp - Khwai, Okavango
Machaba Camp is independently owned and lies on the banks of the Khwai River on the far eastern edges of the Okavango Delta. This beautiful area is teeming with game and in particular has large numbers of both Impala and Red Lechwe which are the favourite prey of Leopard. And there are an incredible amount of this stunning Cat in the area with sightings almost every day during April to November. African Wild Dog, Lion and Cheetah are also seen in this area on a regular basis and the river provides those stunning interactions between the Hippo and Elephants as the latter cross to the Moremi Game Reserve.
The camp is stunningly designed with 10 Large tents looking out over the river to the Hippos basking on the beach on the other side. With a swimming pool and large, comfortable guest area, there are few camps that do luxury in such a subtle and elegant way.
Elegant and stylish.
3 - Jack's Camp - Makgadikgadi Pans
Jack's Camp is situated on the edges of Ntwetwe Pan, a large salt pan which forms part of the largest complex of salt pans anywhere on Earth. A desert area, this camp offers something different, not just with the wildlife but also the accommodation and the 1940's traditional East African style will impress upon you the nature of the experience at Jack's, the unusual and luxurious.
The wildlife consists of Desert species that you won't see on your travels through the Okavango and Linyanti which include Oryx, Brown Hyena, Springbok, Bat-Eared Foxes and much, much more. The highlight of any trip to Jack's Camp is to experience the incredible habituated Meerkats, a research project to learn more about the lives of these gregarious animals. This research allows you to get close to these inquisitive animals and they may use you as a vantage point to keep an eye out for airborne Predators.
4 - Zarafa Camp - Linyanti
If luxury is your thing, then this is the place to go. With the some of the most luxurious rooms anywhere in Africa, all designed by some of the best interior designers Africa has to offer you will not want for anything during your stay at Zarafa Camp on the Selinda Reserve in the north of the country.
With the wildlife not to be outdone by the magnificent accommodation you will be treated to some incredible experiences by your superb guides as they show you some of the wildest places in Africa, if not the world.
Whilst the prices are somewhat eye-watering this is genuinely one of the best places for wildlife viewing.
5 - Xigera Camp - Okavango Delta
Whilst Xigera Camp is probably the largest on this list and the accommodation being slightly on a lower par than the others (you will still not be disappointed that's for sure), I have included this camp as since the first time I visited in 2002 i cannot remember a place with such an atmosphere. Being a solely water camp for most of the year you can explore the permanent waterways of the Okavango and see what this World Heritage site is really all about and what makes it so special.
The camp has, of course, been re-built at least twice since my first visit but the incredible island location still holds the same grip that keeps drawing me back with the true remote location and magical feeling.
Wild and wonderful.
6 - Savute Safari Lodge
Savute Safari Lodge should not be confused with the location of camp number 1 as Savute Safari Lodge is located far downstream and right where the famous Savute Marsh fans out like a mini Okavango Delta. Currently the marsh is dry after several years of flooding and seems to have entered another dry period. The wildlife here is sustained all year round by permanent water holes which attract a myriad of animals from Elephants to Jackals and is particularly famous for its Elephant eating Lions.
The Lodge itself, whilst large, is beautifully designed and in a great location looking out over the Savuti Channel. With activities commencing early each day you are the closest lodge to the vast grasslands of the marsh itself and you will be the first to see the action each morning. Apart from the famous Lions and Elephants of Savuti this is also a great place to see Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and African Wild Dog.
Vast and incredible grasslands.
Martin Smith, Managing Director, Bush Pilot, Lodge General Manager and Travel Agent