Footsteps In Africa Delta Camp
Return to a bygone era of Okavango exploration with an Okavango guide
Footsteps In Africa Delta Camp
Delta Camp sits at the confluence of two main channels of the Okavango Delta overlooking a busy lagoon that is home to many-a crocodile and hippo and oft-frequented by red lechwe (water-dwelling antelope) and elephant. The Okavango is defined by its wet and dry seasons but this region is especially affected; activities are therefore heavily influenced by fluctuating water levels. Walking and (should water-levels allow) mokoro - the traditional way of traversing, in a dugout canoe - are your means of travel. No motorised movement here - just good old-fashioned muscle. Delta Camp's simplicity can be as refreshing as it can be lacking, however, and amidst the glutting menu of high-end safari options it offers something distinctly more basic. Still, there is a strong emphasis on doing things simply and with integrity. It is one of the only operators to still offer overnight walking and mokoro trails - an unparalleled, unforgettable close-to-nature experience.
At the lodge
A large elevated open-air thatched great room is the heart of Delta Camp. Here guests convene for activities, meals and in-between siestas. The mostly reed and found-object decor is relatively unmemorable. Don't expect chic safari, rather rustic and practical. Various sofas and chairs are oriented for optimal floodplain views. There is a small library and a decently stocked bar.
The seven chalets vary in layout but the maximum number of guests in camp tops off at 16. Each room has ensuite bathrooms and sits tucked in the old-growth forest, elevated off the woodland floor with views of the floodplain beyond. You will find some quirky constructions and adaptations - mostly of them quite innovative. Hot and cold showers are provided by solar power, as is the ambient lighting. You won't find plug points, though the camp's office will happily assist in this regard. The tree house room (also with an ensuite bathroom) is elevated considerably higher than the other rooms and might appear somewhat of a haphazard structure, however, it expresses the unrefined charm of Delta Camp at it's best.
The guides here are exceptionally well prepared - after all, they've genuinely spent their lives exploring this region. Activities are organized twice-daily in the early morning and late afternoon, though camp is eager to oblige a full-day outing and provide you with a picnic lunch for the road. The focus of your experience is on walking and mokoro excursions, though the seasonally dependent floods determine accessibility for both (typically, floods are stable from May - September). For an authentic cultural experience, visit Sedibana, a local community from which many of Delta Camp's staff and guides come. If you're up for a multi-day mokoro trail/camp-out in the wilderness, this is the place to undertake such an endeavor. Everything is provided for by camp on this 2-8 night adventure - it doesn't get more tranquil or invigorating than this.