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Sable Alley Camp, Khwai Private Reserve

Sable Alley is a piece of light, bright and beautiful luxury amid the game-rich floodplains of the massive 440,000 acre Khwai Private Reserve – a natural extension to the Moremi ecosystem – and the best news is that Sable Alley is as sustainable as it is sophisticated.  Each canvas-walled suite is over 590 square feet and comes complete with mini-indoor seating area, writing desk, double bed and en-suite facilities with two basin, flush loo and indoor shower.  There’s an outdoor shower with a view, too.

The communal areas are designed around the spectacular vistas – from the bar, from the outdoor fire pit, or from the lounge. At night, dinner is served either in the indoor dining area, or alfresco on the deck, accompanied by twinkling stars and the rumblings and grumblings of the wildlife. The swimming pool and sun deck also ideal spots from which to watch wildlife, or simply chill-out time in the heat of the day.

Located right on the banks of a lily-covered lagoon, home to harrumphing hippo and a favorite drinking spot for elephant and buffalo, the big game quite literally comes to you at Sable. But as tempting as it is to stay in camp, guests should venture out, for Khwai offers one of Africa’s greatest and most exclusive safari experiences. There’s an exciting range of activities including day and evening game drives, mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions (when water levels permit), game walks and viewing hides.

Ghoha Hills, Chobe National Park


Perched high on the eastern side of the Ghoha Hills, this hilltop retreat boasts unparalleled 180 degree views across the savannah and the natural waterhole which attracts wildlife year round. To the south east of the lodge, the Savuti Marsh beckons with its unique game viewing opportunities. The Marsh is a relic of an inland lake which is fed by the Savuti channel. Covered by extensive savannah and rolling grasslands, the wildlife is dynamic year round. The dry and wet seasons change the scenery and offer sightings of the annual migrations of zebras and predators.

Elegance abounds in the eleven well-appointed canvas suites, which have been elevated on wooden decks, ensuring spectacular sunrise views. The luxury suites are spacious with large double beds draped with mosquito nets, and armchairs set to enjoy the panorama. The en-suite bathrooms have double basins, twin towel racks, flush toilet and showers that make you feel like you’re on the cliff’s edge. Room amenities include Roof fan & standing fan, power point for charging photographic equipment and cell phones, gowns, slippers, mosquito net, flashlight and air horn (in case of emergency). There’s a separate dressing area. The generous mesh windows and sliding doors create a never-ending sense of space. The bedroom leads out to a private viewing deck from where you can watch wildlife at the waterhole.

The stone, wood and thatch lounge, bar and open dining area fit naturally into the side of Ghoha Hill. There are several stately wooden dining tables spread across the spacious room where the majority of the indulgent meals are served, but dining also takes place around the fire pit downstairs. The lounge leads on from the dining room and extends onto the outer deck and is tastefully decorated with light earthy colours. There’s another lounge upstairs ensuring ample room to unwind and relax. And perched on the edge of the cliff is a stone-paved pool with sweeping views of the plains below.

Ghoha Hills is an eco lodge, using solar power for minimum impact to the environment. The solar panels and massive battery room ensure that hundreds of lights, lamps and lanterns light up the Savuti bush like a wonderland, drawing you from miles away and welcoming you back home after your night



Mapula Lodge, Okavango Delta

On a large tree island surrounded by seasonal floodplains amidst over 340 square miles of private reserve, is the laid back Mapula Lodge;  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 nine canvas-and-thatch bedroom tents are replete with king size metal four-posters and feather-filled pillows to fall face first into after a day’s game viewing. Ensuite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, and there’s two natty Malawi chairs in the mini lounge area, ideal for siesta snoozes. Safari-chic finishing touches include rich Kilims on the floors, polished butler trays and brass lanterns.

The main area of Mapula Lodge features an open-plan layout incorporating a comfortable dining room and lounge, two small seating areas decorated with wooden carvings, brass ornaments, grass baskets and woven chandeliers.
On the large deck, you can sit in the shade of an ancient African ebony, while a walkway leads out from the deck to a jetty while off to the side on a separate deck is a swimming pool with sunloungers and a shady sala.


Chobe Princess, Cruise

Berthed on Chobe River, which forms the boundary between Namibia and Botswana, the three Chobe Princesses are only 70 km upstream from the majestic Victoria Falls and at the entrance to Chobe National Park. This is nature at its finest and, combined with the luxury on board, you will experience the perfect getaway. The boats are officially located on the Namibian side of the Chobe River but routinely and most conveniently accessed via the small Botswana town of Kasane.

Chobe Princess cabinWhile staying on the Chobe Princesses, you are treated to accommodation of the highest standard. Well-appointed and exquisitely decorated, all cabins are spacious, en suite and air conditioned. Each of the rooms have big sliding windows to maximize the visual feast constantly on offer. The main area of the boats are open plan and include a lounge area where guests can relax and soak up the blissful African sights and sounds. The bar opens onto the lounge area, as does the dining room space. To add to the unique safari experience, each of the Chobe Princesses have a plunge pool and loungers for guests to laze away the day when not game viewing or fishing.

Staff on board all three boats strive for service excellence. Meals are cooked, activities guided and facilitated by them, nearly all of whom come from the local area and offer added value to guests.

The Chobe Princesses offer numerous activities. Spend a morning bird watching and enjoy the excellent game viewing on the Chobe River. Take a guided game viewing or fishing excursion on one of the tender boats (tackle provided). You can also choose to visit the famed Victoria Falls or a local village. Avid fishermen will revel in a day of tiger fishing, but you can also simply choose to relax on the deck of your luxurious floating lodge.

Chobe Princess

Shinde Camp, Okavango Delta

Nestled on a lush palm island in the heart of the northern Okavango Delta, intimate Shinde Camp is located on the edge of Shinde lagoon, teeming with animal and birdlife.  Shinde Camp’s unique tree house made of a multi-tiered raised dining/lounge area under canvas, set among the shade of ebony and mangosteen, complements the atmosphere of this original safari camp. 

Shinde Camp main dining roomShinde Camp offers eight large safari-style tents include modern en-suite bathrooms with hot and  cold running water and flush toilet. Comfort and exclusivity can best describe Shinde Camp, as it accommodates only 16 guests in total for an intimate safari experience. Each tent, strategically positioned, offers splendid views, whether across the Delta’s mysterious waterways or open grasslands.  This full-service luxury tented safari camp features fantastic cuisine and dining is a special experience.

As part of the Shinde private concession, all game activities are exclusive to guests of Shinde. Guide escorted private game activities include morning, afternoon and evening game drives, game walks, mokoros, motor boats and excellent fishing.  Bountiful antelope abound, including the sitatunga which have adapted their hooves to walk on the unstable beds of reeds floating on the water.  Abundant wildlife, the waters of the Okavango delta and authentic accommodations combine at Shinde Camp for a wonderful safari experience.

Kanana Camp, Okavango Delta

Kanana Camp is on the Xudum River in the south-west region of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and offers travelers a fantastic wildlife experience. This part of Southern Africa has many small islands with figs, palms, figs, knob thorn and ebony and is home to a great diversity of plants, birds and animals in this unique habitat.  The yearly floods change some areas of the Kanana concession into a great water paradise. Guests enjoy the best of both worlds: exploring wildlife through waterways and bushveld. Sometimes, one can observe the water visibly rising around the camp’s raised wooden decks.

Kanana Camp tent interiorSafari travellers are comfortably accommodated in the camp’s seven spacious double and twin bedded luxury tents. One family tent is also available for parents wishing to share their accommodation with the kids.  Each of the safari tents offers an en-suite bathroom which is complete with hot and cold running water, shower, as well as a flush toilet. A Kanana Camp tent affords privacy while being located within a convenient distance from the main camp area.  The swimming pool offers a relaxing place for guests to enjoy during their stay. A dining room with the bar as well as the sitting area at the camp and welcoming. The favorite campfire overlooks the Xudum River of the delta.

Travelers to Kanana Camp experience fantastic game sightings during the guided game drives as well as the thrilling experience of exploring the scenic waterways by boat of the Okavango Delta.  Furthermore, Kanana Camp offers Sleep Out Deck where guests may spend the night under the vast African night sky.

Linyati Bush Camp, Chobe Enclave

Linyati Bush CampLinyanti Bush Camp offers the perfect setting for an authentic and wild safari experience. As the only source of water in the dry months, the Linyanti marshes are one of the most sought after destinations in Northern Botswana, boasting a great diversity of game and a peaceful atmosphere.

The area offers spectacular birding all year round and is best known for its large herds of elephants that move down to the Linyanti River at the start of the winter months and only move back inland once the main rains arrive. Lion, sable, roan, leopard, and wild dog are also frequent visitors to Linyanti Bush Camp as is the elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile.

Bordering the western boundary of Chobe in the Chobe Enclave, Linyanti Bush Camp is an intimate tented camp comprised of six luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms for a total of 12 beds on the banks of the Linyanti marshes in a private reserve.  Activities from the camp include game drives, walking safaris, game viewing from hides, spot-lighting, bird watching as well as guided mokoro safaris, when water levels permit.

Savute Elephant Lodge, Chobe National Park

As its name suggests, Savute Elephant Lodge 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 marveling 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.

The 12 twin-bedded luxury canvas tents, recently placed under thatch, that are perfectly suited to the desert air feature lavishly appointed en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas. They also have private viewing decks and comfortable outdoor lounges overlooking the Channel. The tent interiors at Savute Elephant Lodge are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as air conditioning.

You expect to see elephants here, but guests are still amazed when they see a dust cloud appear on the horizon that eventually turns into a thundering herd. The range of animals and birds here is outstanding. You can also see rare rock paintings drawn by San Bushmen, watch the sun set behind giant baobab trees.

Khwai River Lodge, Moremi Game Reserve

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.  All luxury tents at Khwai River Lodge are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views of the African landscape. The tents are shaded by a traditional African thatch roof.

Wildlife is all around you at Khwai River Lodge as you relax on your large private deck furnished with easy chairs and a hammock. The deck also provides a spectacular environment for enjoying a private dinner in complete harmony with your surroundings, ideal for a special occasion or just as a treat.  The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with en suite bathrooms, a private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting as well as a discreet air conditioning.

Duba Plains Camp, Okavango Delta

Duba Plains Camp game viewingThe renowned Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta; a matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000 acres private reserve typical of the region’s unique landscape.  Duba Plains Camp offers 5 bespoke tents, in addition to a separate 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite, all designed by Dereck Joubert to blend into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of the shade but also to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains.

Duba Plains prides itself on its extraordinary wildlife experiences and intimate up close exposure to the best of the best wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants and buffalo and everything in between. Duba Plains is also known for interesting Kalahari species like Aardwolf and Pangolins.

All the rooms are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer guests amazing views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has a lounge area, with place to write and do your photographic downloads, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. Each guest tent offers a private verandah plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. Ceiling fans, an environmentally friendly air-conditioning system over the guests’ bed, and careful tent design maintain a comfortable climate for rest and relaxation. Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area. The main area consists of a large raised dining room, and comfortable lounge with private dining areas, wine cellar and library, with ample space for our guests to either get away and be private or be all together if they want to. Our media room is used for photographic work for guests. The camp’s center-point is the gathering place of all bush experiences – an extended deck into the swamp under the giant ebony trees.

Selinda Explorers Camp, Selinda Reserve

Selinda Explorers CampThere’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception! Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated. It’s also in the grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage traveling trunks lending an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.

The camp is located on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway, close to the heart of the pristine 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve in northern Botswana. It used to have another home – the Selous game reserve in Tanzania – but was moved here in its entirety a few years ago and has never looked back since opening in 2012.

Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. They’re spacious and stay true to the classic age of safari, when the journey was more important than the destination.


Chobe Marina Lodge, Botswana

Chobe Marina Lodge deck overlooking riverChobe Marina Lodge is uniquely located in Kasane in the north-eastern corner of Botswana, where the African nations of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana converge. This tranquil haven is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa. The Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi River, each offer their own attractions and with Victoria Falls but 70 kilometers away, Chobe Marina Lodge is a ‘must visit’ destination when in Southern Africa.

The Chobe Marina Lodge comfortably immerses guests in the breathtaking, natural environment that Africa has to offer, while providing the best African safari experience with a unique natural, warm and comforting aesthetic. Whether you stay in one of the studios, chalets or suites, a memorable stay is guaranteed!

Chobe Marina Lodge bedroomGuests at Chobe Marina Lodge are accommodated in 66 beautifully appointed rooms comprising 6 Honeymoon suites, 16 standard studios, 14 studio suites and 30 luxury suites. Accommodation at Chobe Marina Lodge offers a choice of guest rooms fromthatched studios, apartments, chalets and suites with private lounges. Each is beautifully appointed and overlooks the Chobe River and landscaped gardens. All include the modern comforts of air-conditioning, television, telephones, mini bar fridges – stocked on request and daily housekeeping.

Chobe Marina Lodge with its lush expansive gardens are home to an abundance of wildlife, including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, squirrel, mongoose, vervet monkeys and fruit bat. Two restaurants and wonderful wooden decks over the river make this hotel truly world-class. With the world-renowned Chobe National Park just 10-minutes from Chobe Marina Lodge, an encounter with Africa’s awesome foursome (elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo) is bound to occur.

Chobe Marina Lodge poolDine in opulence and sheer class at Chobe Marina Lodge, where good food and comprehensive service are part of the mix. Commissioners A La Carte Restaurant serves world-class dishes beautifully prepared by our experienced chef. For a more informal meal try the Mokoros Restaurant, which offers local cuisine in a lighthearted, friendly environment.

At Cathari Health & Beauty Spa pamper yourself with our menu of body services, facials, hands and feet treatments done by our team of carefully selected professional beauty therapists. The treatments were all designed for your total relaxation and well-being. Beauty Mobile Spa was formed to service the needs of rapidly expanding massage demands of the guests who want to go back to their busy schedule or hectic life fully refreshed.

Zambezi Princess, Cruise

There is something incredibly relaxing about cruising on the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park, watching the outstanding wildlife and birdlife whilst onboard the Zambezi Princess.

Zambezi Princess cruiseWith only a small number of guests per boat, the Zambezi Princess is like being on your very own houseboat; you may envision it as your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in the Zambezi Princess intimate river safari experience.

With a minimum of three smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy, you may mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquility that surrounds you.

Each cabin on board the Zambezi Princess is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.

Chobe Botswana extension from Victoria Falls – 3 Days

Elephant in Chobe National ParkOn our Chobe Botswana extension from Victoria Falls, guests will explore the Chobe River and the abundant wildlife and bird species of Chobe National Park. Counter-balancing the wilderness is this restful, air conditioned, en-suite Chobe Game Lodge, with graceful high arches, quarry tiled floors and barrel vaulted ceilings that create an atmosphere of cool tranquility.

Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. By size, it is the third largest park in the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most biologically diverse. It is also Botswana’s first national park. In Chobe National Park, encounter huge herds of buffalo, elephant and zebra – favorite prey for hungry lions, cheetah and leopard.

Chobe Botswana extension Chobe Game LodgeDesert & Delta Safari Camps’ Chobe Game Lodge is  located within the Chobe National Park in Botswana. A hard to beat location, directly on the game rich Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge has unhindered views of the river – and beyond – from the luxury boardwalk deck. Guests can explore the Chobe River and the abundant wildlife and bird species of Chobe National Park.

All 47 guest rooms are tastefully furnished. Each room boasts hand crafted Rhodesian teak furniture and walls decorated with original African carvings and paintings.

Other facilities at this game lodge include: a large swimming pool with terrace, a riverside boma (outdoor enclosure) area where traditional dancers perform, a fully equipped conference room, a business center for those guests needing to keep in touch, a stylish bar with an outside terrace overlooking the Chobe River and a cigar bar with a full sized billiard table. Meals are catered for at the terrace restaurant overlooking the Chobe River.

Land Per Person from $1,895,  3 days/ 2 nights.  Plus flights from Johannesburg or from Kruger Park Airports.

Chobe Chilwero, Chobe National Park, Botswana

A great deal of thought has gone into making Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero into a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.

The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. As well as the elephants for which the park is famous, there are also huge herds of buffalo living in the towering teak forests that are characteristic of the area. Each room has two showers – one inside and one outside. The freestanding tubs in the bathrooms are big and comfortable. Each cottage has its own private garden where guests can sip cocktails after a day of game viewing, or why not enjoy your very own private dinner served under the African sky.

While at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, a visit to the spa is an absolute must. The full-service spa offers a range of treatments and rituals of the highest quality to relax, restore and revitalize guests. Authentic African design has been integrated with, and inspired by, the abundance of nature that surrounds the lodge. Great care has been taken in selecting brands, treatment methods and practices that are environmentally friendly. Treatments are provided by trained professionals, and include products from both the Africology and Thalgo lines. Spa facilities include an indoor spa bath, Vichy showers, hydrotherapy, plunge pool, relaxation area and private treatment rooms – one of which is elevated in the treetops. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Chobe Chilwero bedroom

Botswana – 5 Days

Botswana - 5 Days extensionIntimate camps, secluded location and incredible wildlife await you on a Botswana – 5 Days extension. Botswana is true safari country: combine water and land camps and experience it all. Botswana offers its visitors traditional game drives in open vehicles, canoe and boat excursions and walking safaris. Whether you are a first-timer or a safari aficionado, Botswana’s spectacular wildlife never fails to set the heart pumping and cameras clicking.

Botswana has diverse areas of wildlife habitat. In addition to the delta and desert areas, there are grasslands and savannas, where blue wildebeest, antelopes, and other mammals and birds are found. Northern Botswana has one of the few remaining large populations of the endangered African wild dog. Chobe National Park has the world’s largest concentration of African elephants and supports about 350 species of birds. These varied wildlife habitats in Botswana provide a variety of activities for its visitors including traditional game drives in open vehicles, guided walking safaris, as well as canoe (mekoro) and boat excursions.

4 nights at 2 different camps. All inclusive tariff, including bush flights from Maun and between camps.


Commencing Maun, drop off Kasane & vice versa $300 per person

Commencing Kasane and returning to Kasane $500 per person.

Unforgettable Moment #310

Floating down the great Chobe River experiencing the natural wonders synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness.

Unforgettable Moment #209

Linda and I just returned yesterday from Victoria Falls to our Georgia residence and we would like to thank you for a great trip which was made even better by adding the Chobe excursion and experiencing a real safari, seeing thousands of elephants besides other wildlife close up.

        – Bernie & Linda N. (Cleveland, GA)

Unforgettable Moment #207

We had a wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly… The Cape Grace Hotel was great, and we enjoyed Cape Town. We had great guides on Robben Island and that was a very meaningful experience… The drive outside Cape Town, along the coast and to the wine country was truly beautiful. La Petite Ferme was great food and great vistas. Stellenbosch was really quaint and good shopping with a throwback general store that was a charmer. Dinner at La Colombe Restaurant was a really fun, delicious culinary experience.

[In Botswana], we saw all the Big Five animals and more. Really quite something. Both camps were great – different and each good in their own ways. The experience with the people at Khwai River Lodge was one of the highlights. It felt like a family and we were serenaded on arrival and two other times. So all around great memories, lots of pictures, learning nature and animals and people and countries. What more could you ask! So thank you so much.

        – Linda L. (Bethesda, MD)

Unforgettable Moment #203

…Thank you for putting together such a fabulous trip – Cape Grace Hotel couldn’t have been finer. King’s Camp was terrific and we quickly saw the Big Five. We learned so much from the guide and tracker. Chuck was afraid I was going to take the tracker home with me because he had the biggest smile ever! Botswana was incredible, not just because of the expansive terrain to view the animals, but also because of the staff at Khwai River Lodge. They touched our hearts deeply with their warmth, grace, and spirit. I know that I could take another trip across the world and all that is to be gained from those experiences. At 64, I am a slow learner as to what it means to expand my horizons. Much thanks!

        – Susie & Chuck A. (Washington DC)