Seasonal Water Camps

Safari camps in the semi-permanent waters are known as seasonal camps and offer water-based activities from June/July to October.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

June to Oct

Overview

Seasonal Okavango Delta lodges lie in the part of the Okavango Delta which is seasonally floods. They offer the full range of water-based safari activities. But only from June to October when the water levels are highest. All year round they offer 4×4 game drives in open vehicles and game walks.

The waters of the Okavango Delta offers a floating safari experience. Choose between the silence and gentle pace of a poled mokoro, or the faster pace of a comfortable shaded motorboat. A network of waterways, feathery papyrus reeds, and diverse animals, large and small, are waiting to be discovered.

Some camps are more water-orientated (such as Kanana Camp) and some are more land-orientated such as Shinde. Some of the lodges on private concessions within the Moremi, such as Chiefs Camp, also have seasonal flood waters on the edge of Chief’s Island.

Exactly when each lodge can offer mokoro trips or boat excursions varies from camp to camp. And by season, depending on the strength of the Okavango flood. And also as the water channels forge new routes.

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Features

Why you may love it

  • Offer the full range of water and land-based safari activities during the seasonal flood
  • All on private concessions so they can offer night drives and walking safaris
  • These private concessions also offer walking safaris, night drives and off-road driving on occasion
  • Remote locations giving a great sense of tranquillity and wilderness

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When to visit Seasonal Water Camps

Overview

Seasonal Flood

Though the camps are open year-round, they are obviously at their best during the flood from June to mid-October. The exact timing varies from year to year and camp to camp.

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Tuskers Bush Camp Review

Tuskers Bush Camp is very neat, tidy, but rustic as well. I like how it is situated and how well the tents are spaced out. Lots of privacy and shade from the Mopane trees. They have 6 tents all en-suite with bucket showers and flush toilets. The water is very salty, so it is not drinkable. But drinking water is provided in a flask and in water bottles on request. The Bucket Shower is definitely not one of my favorites as the water is salty and it ran out within 2 minutes of turning on the shower. So you need to be ready to jump in and wash quickly!  The tents were fairly small (as this is a moderately priced camp), but have got shaded verandas. The tents are all solar powered so WiFi is available only in the lounge/dining area.

The staff are exceptional, very accommodating and always assisting. They always made me feel at home. They also escorted us at night and in the morning when it’s dark to and from our tents as the camp is not fenced and any animal can roam freely through the camp.

The food was delicious. It was well prepared and well-presented.

It wasn't prime game viewing season but we saw lots of elephants and giraffes. A few hippos here and lots of beautiful birds. If you're looking for that rustic feel and real outdoor experience, this would be the perfect camp for you!

Cedarberg : Gloria Darvall
Did you know
  • SizeDelta swells 3 times in size between March and August
  • TimingHow early it floods depends on the Summer rains