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Ian Khama

The current president is President Ian Khama. He is the son to the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama. His mother was a white British woman.

President Ian Khama is also paramount chief of the largest tribe in the country the Bamangwato.

Savuti and Khwai

Sango Safari Lodge | Mankwe Bush Lodge | Mogothlo Safari Lodge | Camp Savuti | Savute Safari Lodge | Banoka Bush Camp | Duma Tau Camp | Khwai River Lodge | Lebala Camp | Savuti Elephant Camp | Savuti Camp | Zarafa Camp | Machaba Camp | Back to Botswana Map

Sango Safari Lodge

Sango Safari Camp is nestled in the sade of the trees overlooking the Khwai River. Situated on the outskirts of the traditional village of Khwai and on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve, the camp offers guests the perfect base from which to explore the wildlife and culture of this unique habitat. Accommodating 12 guests in six en-suite meru tents, Sango Safari Camp is designed in the style of the classic tented safari camp of days gone by.

With it’s open air bucket showers, hand crafted furnishings and classic styling Sango Safari Camp aims to rekindle the atmosphere of the luxury mobile safari camp, successfully blending the rustic with the luxurious.

With the Khwai river forming a natural border between the Moremi Game Reserve and the Khwai Concession, animals travel freely between the reserves. Situated on the river overlooking the Moremi and with access to both these magnificent wildlife areas, Sango Safari Camp is focused on delivering an exceptional wildlife experience – allowing guests to take advantage of a host of wildlife activities including; open vehicle game drives in Moremi and the Khwai area, guided bush walks and night drives.

With a combination of permanent water, seasonal floodplains, open grasslands, riverine forests, and dry woodlands this incredibly rich habitat supports a diversity and abundance of mammals and birds rarely matched in northern Botswana. Sango Safari Camp invites you to share in this bounty.

Mankwe Bush Lodge

Situated between the Moremi park/Maun and the Savuti/Chobe National parks, a stopover at Mankwe Bush Lodge is a must. On it’s own Concession, self drive routes make the lodge perfect for self drive 4x4 enthusiasts with both the Moremi Park and Savuti within reach for day trips as well as concession routes, up to and including the Khwai river, urging you to explore. Self catering tents and campsites are available and game drives can be arranged.

Accommodation is supplied in eight luxury safari tents accommodating 16 guests and 6 big campsites accommodating 20 people per campsite with hot water supplied and ablution blocks. Firewood is for sale and a communal swimming pool and deck ensure that you can put your feet up in style after a long day’s game viewing.

Trips can be arranged between Mankwe Bush lodge and the Mboma boat station up into the delta, offering you a unique safari tour with a full day’s game viewing in between. Overnight at Mankwe Bush Lodge and then head through the Moremi park to the islands where a boat will collect you for a rustic catered overnight camping trip.

Mokoros (wooden canoes) with experienced Botswana guides will take you on a tranquil scenic water ride before you sip your drinks around a bush fire on the islands, surrounded by purely African sounds. Game drive back through the park for one more night overnight at Mankwe Bush Lodge before you head of for your next adventure.

Mogothlo Safari Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Khwai River, Mogothlo lodge offers a tranquil getaway unrivaled by most. Sit on the deck with a cocktail whilst overlooking a pod of hippo swimming past below. Situated on it’s own concession, game drive routes are spread out for you to explore yourselves as well as organised game drives within the concession or the Moremi Park. Accommodation is supplied in eight luxury safari tents accommodating 16 guests.

Trips can be arranged between Mogothlo lodge and the Mboma boat station up into the delta, offering you a unique safari tour with a full day’s game viewing in between. Overnight at Mogothlo Lodge and then head through the Moremi park to the islands where a boat will collect you for a rustic catered overnight camping trip.

Mokoros (wooden canoes) with experienced Botswana guides will take you on a tranquil scenic water ride before you sip your drinks around a bush fire on the islands, surrounded by purely African sounds. Game drive back through the park for one more night overnight at Mogothlo Lodge before you head of for your next adventure.

Camp Savuti

Camp Savuti is a small intimate camp accommodating a maximum of 10 guests in comfort and style creating a new type of “luxury camping” in a public campsite. To further enhance the experience the pre-erected tents have been placed to ensure privacy and a modest level of exclusivity.

At Camp Savuti 5 meru tents have been placed on platforms overlooking the Savuti Channel. The tents are large, spacious with en-suite facilities and an open shower almost identical to the type you would encounter at most luxury camps/lodges in Botswana.

The guest area consists of a intimate lounge, bar and dinning area overlooking the Savuti Channel. A game drive vehicle with guide is on hand to show guests the wonders of nature that abound in the Savuti area.

Savute Safari Lodge

Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty. But just as awe-inspiring is the decades old story of how the river was stolen… and in an unexpected twist, how it was given back.

Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere - a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years.

When David Livingstone discovered the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later the channel had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again in the late 1950s, continuing until the early 1980s when it again receded, gaining the channel its reputation as ‘the river which flows in both directions’. In 2009, after another extended hiatus, the channel began flowing again and by January 2010 had spilled into the Savute Marsh for the first time in three decades. No-one knows how long the water will remain…

The signature expansive glass sliding doors and viewing decks at Savute Safari Lodge were inspired by the striking panorama, and have been further complemented by the Savute Channel which now flows just 50 metres from the lodge.

To ensure a private and relaxing environment, Savute Safari Lodge accommodates just 24 guests in 12 local timber and thatched chalets. The chalets have been elegantly furnished in calm neutral tones to compliment the natural environment and feature expansive private decks, a combined bedroom and lounge area plus en-suite facilities.

Sink into one of the numerous comfortable leather, wood or wicker sofas in the lounge - and library - or sip a cocktail in the stylish bar, all of which are situated in a beautiful two-storey thatch and timber main building. Savute Safari Lodge boasts a shaded viewing deck, al fresco dining area and swimming pool with spectacular pool loungers - ideal for watching the varied wildlife – and the resident elephants - as they make their way to the Savute Channel to drink, bathe and play.

Activities are centred around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife. Guests will also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.

Savute lays claim to the second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the rain-ripe grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. Often followed by a myriad of predators, the zebra migration is a must for visitors.

Banoka Bush Camp

Banoka Bush Camp is named in honour of the River San, or Banoka, ancestors of the Khoi and the earliest settlers of the Okavango Delta. It is situated in the Khwai Development Trust Community Concession, on the banks of the Khwai River in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. The Khwai River is the northernmost 'finger' of the Delta's alluvial fan. Here you can discover one of the most diverse areas in northern Botswana, with a wealth of wildlife to be seen on drives, walks and traditional mokoro rides.

Banoka Bush Camp is built along the tree line overlooking a lagoon. The whole camp is raised off the ground to take in the view. Accommodation is in ten en-suite tented rooms complete with private verandas. There are two family tents which accommodate two adults and two children each. The main area consists of a bar, lounge, dining area and plunge pool and deck. There is an open campfire area to relax in and discuss the day's adventures. The camp is 100% solar powered. You can expect to see excellent sightings of predators including lion, wild dog, spotted hyaena and African wild cat. Huge herds of buffalo along with elephant, hippo, roan, tsessebe, reedbuck, waterbuck and red lechwe to name a few are abundant in the area. Spectacular birding opportunities also abound, with some 450 species recorded.

Duma Tau Camp

DumaTau Camp is a ten-roomed luxury tented camp located in the private 125 000-hectare Linyanti Wildlife Reserve which borders the western boundary of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It is situated close to the source of the Savute Channel on one of the many lagoons within the Linyanti Swamp system, which makes game drives along the Savute one of the highlights of a stay here.

DumaTau Camp lies under a shady grove of mangosteen trees, raised off the ground to overlook a large hippo-filled lagoon. The tents are spacious, under thatch with canvas walls, en-suite bathroom facilities and an outside shower. Guests can enjoy the night sounds of Africa from the comfort of their rooms, and shower under the stars! There is a dining room, pub, lounge, swimming pool and a special guest bathroom with a fantastic view. Wildlife viewing is the primary activity at DumaTau Camp, either on day and night game drives or while on foot and on the water (levels permitting). Short nature walks can be taken along the Linyanti River and Savute Channel, while the camp's boat takes visitors along the waters of the Linyanti, with hippo and waterfowl alike to entrance. There are also a number of platforms and hides from which to view and photograph animals and birds. One of the best hides is right at the source of the Savute and many species of game and birdlife can usually be seen from this hide.

Khwai River Lodge

Khwai River Lodge nestles on the edge of a forest overlooking the vast floodplains of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. Known for its exceptional range of big game, a host of animals are visible from the comfort of your own private deck at this luxury safari camp. As you spot lions, cheetahs and hippos, with birds of prey circling above, you feel that you are within a world that has barely changed since time began.

Khwai River Lodge is perfectly designed to blend into the surrounding environment. Housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, our luxury tents feature sliding glass doors that bring the outside in. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. Shaded by a traditional African thatch roof, each luxury tent's interior offers a luxurious en suite bathroom, a fully-stocked mini-bar, a four-poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning.

Early morning game drives take you out and among a wild landscape dotted with trees. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats such as lions and leopards, to hippo, rhino, antelope, giraffe and buffalo. Widely acknowledged to be the predator capital of the world, this is the only place in Botswana where the Big Five can be seen. Many visitors come to Khwai River Lodge purely to experience its huge variety of more than 300 species of birds. If this is you, then do contact us in advance and let us advise on the perfect time of year for what interests you the most. For instance, some of our visitors time their trip to coincide with the arrival of the massive flocks of carmine bee eaters on their annual migration.

Lebala Camp

Lebala is situated in the south of the Kwando concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. The southerly flowing Kwando river disappears into the vast marshland before emerging as the Linyanti river. The triangle formed by this vast wetland is home to the Mamili National Park in Namibia. Lebala Camp has eight ensuite tents all with bath and double outside showers – including a family room. Activities include game drives and walking safaris.

Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannahs. This wild expanse contrasts with the casual understated elegance and luxury of the camp itself. This special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe and tsessebe and also provides refuge to lechwe, waterbuck and the shy sitatunga.

Savuti Elephant Camp

As it name suggests, Savute Elephant Camp is known for the herds of elephants that can be spotted roaming its plains. But other large animals also gather here to slake their thirst, especially now that the intermittent Savute Channel has started flowing through Chobe National Park once again after an absence of nearly 30 years.

The camp has its own traditional boma, where guests can relax in the evening and swap safari experiences while marvelling over the stars in the vast African night sky. This is a place to really feel the pulse of Botswana—and to become a part of it yourself. Luxury accommodation at Savute Elephant Camp is all about the view. Housed on raised wooden platforms, our luxury tents feature sliding glass doors that bring the outside in, allowing you to observe the abundant wildlife from the comfort of your room. Step outside onto your large private deck—furnished with easy chairs and a hammock—ideal for admiring the beautiful plain, or for enjoying a romantic dinner in complete privacy.

Out in the bush, where rocks rear up among stony hills, are a collection of paintings that take your breath away. These works by Bushmen are thought to be more than 1,500 years old—beautiful images of elephant, giraffe, sable and eland antelope. Normally these types of painting might be found hidden in caves, but here, unusually, they are out in the wide, open landscape. No-one knows what materials the bushmen used, but the paint is thought to be a mixture of snake venom, blood and plant juices.

Savuti Camp

Savuti Camp is situated in an isolated part of the Linyanti Concession along the Savute Channel in northern Botswana. The site of Savuti Camp is about 17 kilometres 'downstream' from the Zibadianja Lagoon - the source of the Savute Channel. The Channel stopped flowing between 1980 and 2008; during this time it was an unusual and productive ribbon of grassland that served as a corridor and feeding ground in the surrounding woodland for a wide variety of herbivores. With two-thirds of the Savute Channel located in the concession, Savuti Camp guests have private and exclusive access to the abundant game and the natural and geological changes that are occurring on a daily and seasonal basis.

This intimate camp's en-suite accommodation is in seven large walk-in tents that are raised off the ground and face onto the Savute Channel. From the camp's thatched dining area, a plunge pool and large viewing area with fire pit extend outwards on raised wooden decks, providing a wonderful view of the Savute Channel and its wildlife.

Explore the Savute Channel and its environs through day and night game drives, nature walks with a guide (on request), and several well-positioned hides for safe, up-close animal viewing.

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon - the source of the world-famous Savute Channel. The Camp evokes a sense of old-style safari with its four large, luxuriously appointed double or twin 'marquis style' tents. Hosting a maximum of eight guests, the emphasis at Zarafa Camp is on offering a personalised and private experience to guests - perfect for those who favour a more intimate experience or those who prefer the entire camp for their own, exclusive use. Accommodation consists of spacious tents with verandas, positioned under cool and shady trees with breathtaking vistas of the Zibidianja Lagoon. A large bedroom, en-suite bathroom, featuring a copper bath and both indoor and outdoor showers, are standard. The main area at Zarafa Camp is furnished in the same 'campaign' style as the tents and evokes the traditional safari ambiance of the turn of the 20th century. Lounge and dining facilities may be enjoyed under canvas or on the full-length deck shaded by giant broad-leafed trees.

Activities at Zarafa Camp are flexible to suit guests' particular interests and include morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Short guided nature walks from camp are encouraged, to introduce guests to some of Africa's less prominent wildlife. Guests can relax in camp and enjoy a massage too.

Machaba Camp

Machaba Camp is located along the Khwai River on the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve, which is one of the most beautiful reserves in southern Africa, and offers spectacular game viewing. Elephant abound, often passing by the camp in search for acacia pods on their way to the waters of the Khwai River. Machaba's tents are on the ground amidst a riverine forest, with old knobthorne, red bushwillow, raintree and leadwoods above and around it.

The camp consists of 8 luxury twin tents and 2 luxury family tents. Children of all ages are welcome at the camp, however a privat

e vehicle will need to be booked for families with children under the age of 6 years old. Machaba Camp is aimed at the affordable luxury travel markets across the world, offering great value for money and a unique classical safari experience. Machaba has a game-viewing hide overlooking the river at which guests can be dropped off, and then collected again at a pre-arranged time. Other activities at Machaba centre around two game drives per day. The Khwai area is a big game experience - Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe and many different species of antelope abound. The area offers a blend of open grasslands, seasonal floodplains and the permanent water of the Khwai River system.

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