Oddballs' Enclave

Moremi Game Reserve

Classic

From US$440

Lodge Description

Find intimacy and comfort balanced with the thrill of adventure

The Enclave is on a small island just off the south-western edge of Chiefʼs Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, and bordering Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is accessible only by light aircraft. On arrival, guests will be welcomed to the island by their private guide, who will remain their guide for the duration of their stay.

Intimacy
The Enclave experience is an intimate one. The camp is a small, comfortably appointed place. Oddballs’ Enclave can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests, in five twin or double bedded mini-Meru tents, making it a classic and intimate camp. The tents are on elevated wooden decks, each with a semi-detached private bathroom with an al fresco bucket shower, and hot and cold running water. The Enclave is the perfect destination for a small group or family to spend time together.

The Camp Experience
The guest areas have a variety of comfortable seating arrangements and a raised viewing deck overlooks the sweep of the Delta – the perfect place to watch the sun or moon rise and view whatever wildlife may be visiting. The molapo that extends beyond the camp is, depending on the time of year, covered with water or entirely dry. Either way it is often filled with breeding herds of elephant, buffalo or a small family of kudu that is local to the island. Meals are enjoyed on the deck with spectacular views across the floodplains to the distant island forests.

Walking Safari
Guests enjoy the luxury of their own private guide. The guides are locals - this is a man of the swamp, born and raised in the area. Guests will spend their days in his mokoro (pl. mekoro), gliding through the floodplains and channels (water dependent), and walking under his guidance on some of the many islands in the area, taking in the magnificent scenery and light as well as the abundant game and bird-life of the Okavango. Guests have the opportunity to focus, not only on the larger mammals, but on the ecosystem as a whole.

Location
Situated on the south-western edge of Chiefʼs Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta, on the western boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. The sitting, dining area and guest tents face a large and open molapo. At times the area is entirely flooded and guests can depart for the activities by mokoro from the deck. At other times it is dry, but often filled with breeding herds of elephant or herds of buffalo.

The Focus
Gliding peacefully across the quiet Okavango waters, as the lilies open in the morning light is a majestic experience, as is walking through the Okavango beside the local wildlife. However, the focus is truly on peace and tranquillity and achieving this peaceful feeling within one's self. Guests are encouraged to relax with a book or even without one and to watch the Okavango unfold before them.

Access
Serviced by Delta Airstrip –a 20 minute flight from Maun, 50 minutes from Kasane, and 15-30 minutes from most other camps.

Facilities
Swimming pool
Waterhole in front of camp
Several indoor and outdoor areas in which to relax and dine
Curio shop
Wireless internet

Accommodation
They accommodate 10 guests in 5 mini-menu tents set on elevated decks with en-suite facilities.

Activities
Private mokoro (traditional dug out canoe) (pl. mekoro)
Private guided walks
Cultural interaction at an authentic baYei village
Full or half day walks with breakfast or lunch picnic
The Chiefʼs Island Walking Trail is a privately guided, semi-participatory wilderness camping expedition (seasonal)

Children and Families
Children of all ages are welcome. There are no age restrictions as the camp believes that guests know their children and their capabilities, and as they will not be going on safari with other guests they have no one but themselves to consider during activities. The camp is happy to provide specialized family guides and children's food set at a time that is suitable. The camp being small and intimate means that parents can comfortably put their children to bed and then eat dinner at the shared table.

Wildlife
Game of all sorts are abundant: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus, crocodile, giraffe, antelope including the rare lechwe, tsessebe and sitatunga, otters, honey-badgers, the shy pangolin, and a variety of the smaller wild cats such as civets, servals and genets are amongst the many mammal species that visit the Delta. There are also reptiles – many species of snakes (most of them harmless), as well as several species of tortoise, terrapin, lizard, skinks, chameleon and gecko – not forgetting, of course, the Nile crocodile. Then of course there are the birds, well over 450 species, that bring the forests, rivers and flood-plains of the Okavango to life. Many rare and endangered species call the Okavango home, and birders come from all around the world come in search of them.

Considering the Wild
The power at Oddballs' Enclave is generated by solar panels, and where possible the water is also heated this way. Oddballs' Enclave also ensures that the large fuel tankers do not cross floodplains and streams or cut through forests to deliver diesel for their generators and pride themselves on being a camp without any engines or motors.

The local village, Sedibana, is 30-45 minutes from the camp. For over three decades Oddballs' Enclave there has been a strong bond between the villagers and the camp. During this time they have actively supported local development in the area. They assist in providing nursing care, veterinary assistance and transport to and from Maun for all of the villagers.

Many of Oddballs' Enclave's staff members come from Sedibana Village and have been with the company for at least 10 years, some more than two decades and there are also multiple generations of families who work at the camp. Oddballs' Enclave generates revenue for the government, and helps to police the resources against the depredations of those who don’t care for it. Through their guiding and camp experience, they help create world-wide awareness and exposure of the resources within the Okavango Delta and beyond.

As the landscape of the Okavango is becoming more arid and the elephant population is increasingly putting pressure on old growth tree species in the Okavango, the landscape is changing noticeably. Oddballs' Enclave has established a Tree Welfare program and many of the trees have been wrapped with diamond mesh wire to protect them from the elephants. In addition, throughout the year trees in danger are being coated with a homemade paste that repels elephants and stops them from scarring and eventually killing the trees.

Operator

Footsteps in Africa

Lodge Details

Property Type

Semi-Permanent Tented Camp

Access

Private Airstrip

Rooms

5

Max. clients in vehicle

Private

Wifi

Yes

Electricity

No

Activities Included

Private Mokoro, Private Guided Walks

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

Kingfisher

Safaris