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Mapula Lodge

Where location is everything.

Mapula Lodge

Mapula Lodge sits on the edge of a seasonal floodplain in a private reserve just outside the Okavango Delta. It's just north of two of the regions' most prolific game viewing areas, the Vumbura and Duba Plains concessions, and game viewing at Mapula is just as fabulous as you might expect. Lion, leopard, wild dog, buffalo and plenty of plains game wander across the glossy landscape and the activities on offer will make sure you get a good look at all of them. Then, at the end of a day's exploring, you'll return to sunset cocktails on the deck, the best food in Botswana, and some seriously-stylish rooms.

At the lodge

The hotel

The stylish main area is tucked between the boughs of ancient trees and looks straight out over a glittering lagoon. Inside the open-plan lounge, you'll find jewel-coloured sofas underneath understated chandeliers, and a long, elegant dining table where meals are taken. Outside, the fire pit is the perfect spot for morning coffee and sunset cocktails, and during siesta time, you may like to retire to the swimming pool and gaze at the views of the horizon beyond.

The rooms

The team behind the iconic Jack's Camp in the Makgadikgadi have breathed a new, stylish lease of life into Mapula Lodge and it's looking lovely. The nine rooms are a combination of canvas and thatch, and large double beds draped in rich fabrics and surrounded by fluttering mosquito nets have brilliant views over the lagoon. Each has a small indoor sitting area and a private outdoor deck, as well as a small, ensuite bathroom with outdoor shower. Extra-special touches include polished brass water jugs, elaborate Kilim rugs and beautiful wall hangings.

On safari

Experiences

The activities at Mapula are as varied as the spectacular Delta landscape. Water activities include traditional mokoro safaris, boat trips and fishing (all of which depart straight from camp across the lagoon), whilst game drives and walking safaris enable you to get to grips with the terrain. Mapula also have a few surprises up their sleeve and you might find yourself sleeping under the stars at their rustic fly-camp, or munching dinner around a camp fire in the middle of the bush. If you're looking for something really different, add a helicopter flip or a hot air balloon flight to your itinerary for a bit of spice.

When to go

Okavango Delta by month

January

Season: Wet
  • This is the wettest month of the year with an average of just 10 days of rain expected, providing a unique experience in this lush landscape.
  • Incredible birding and the start of the birthing season, providing excellent game viewing with high predator excitement.
  • The vegetation is lush and green, animals are in presine condition and birds are in full breeding plumage providing incredible photographic opportunities.
  • Make sure you have your insect repellent packed, the wet season is also mosquito season.

February

Season: Wet
  • This time of year is the height of the wet season, on average rain falls only a couple of days a week, leaving plenty of time to explore this lush green paradise.
  • Good game viewing with high predator excitement during the birthing season.
  • The vegetation is lush and green, animals are in presine condition and birds are in full breeding plumage, providing incredible photographic opportunities.
  • Keep your insect repellent handy, particular in the early morning and late evening, as this is mosquito season.

March

Season: Wet
  • March is still relatively hot and considerably drier than January and February, expect sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Still good predator excitement with many young antelope learning the harsh lessons of an unforgiving wilderness.
  • A great time for land based explorations with water based activities only available at a handful of camps.
  • Be sure to pack mosquito repellent at this time of year.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures start cooling with a handful of rainy days at the end of the wet season, welcoming in the floods from the North, indicating the start of the Delta flooding.
  • As birds look to migrate, game starts to make its way back into the region as other water sources become more scarce.
  • A great time of year to explore the Delta wilds by land before the flood waters rise too high.
  • Mosquito's are still around but not as prevalent, pack your insect repellent just in case.

May

Season: Dry
  • The perfect time for delta explorations, flooding is approaching its peak towards the end of the month, providing the perfect conditions for water based activities.
  • Temperatures are comfortable with little to no rain expected.
  • The ideal time for photography, animals are in their prime after the season of plenty, however migratory birds are beginning to fly North.
  • Mornings and Evenings can be a little nippy at this time of year, a couple of extra layers will surface during the month of May.

June

Season: Dry
  • Flooding is reaching its peak, creating one of the ideal months to visit this watery wonderland.
  • Temperatures are cool with little to no rain expected, making for comfortable safari conditions.
  • Wildlife of every shape and size migrate into the delta, taking advantage of this water source in the dry season.
  • Include a warm jacket in your essentials as morning and evening temperatures are chilly.

July

Season: Dry
  • The height of the water levels are achieved, ensuring a great diversity of activity in the Delta region.
  • Temperatures are warm during the day with little to no rain expected.
  • Enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet with incredible variation and big game encounters.
  • Pack a warm jacket for the chilly mornings and evenings.
  • Without a cloud in the sky, stargazing is an absolute treat during the month of July.

August

Season: Dry
  • The ideal time to visit this region with plenty of water around, leading to great water and land based safari, depending on your preference.
  • Temperatures are beginning to climb but still very comfortable, with little to no rain expected.
  • Enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing on the planet with incredible variation and big game encounters.
  • Include a warm jacket on your packing list because mornings can be chilly at this time of year.

September

Season: Dry
  • The perfect time to visit the Delta, the flood levels have began their decline, increasing the size of the islands and the weather is ideal for game viewing.
  • Temperatures are warm with midday temperatures climbing, clear blue skies are still to be enjoyed.
  • Home to the best wildlife viewing in Botswana at this time of year, encounter a myriad of species, all on your doorstep.
  • Very few mosquitoes are present during this time of year, making for a carefree safari experience.

October

Season: Dry
  • The flood levels begin to drop with the temperatures and humidity reaching their peak, expect some rainfall in the later days of the month.
  • Excellent wildlife viewing with incredible variation and big game encounters, the animals begin to disperse with the arrival of the rains.
  • Visibility is still good with sparse vegetation, making it easier to spot the animals of this region.
  • A full day in the bush is not recommended during October, as many of the bush species seek refuge from the midday heat.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still hot and humid with the first true rains of the wet season, it should be noted that in most cases rains are just passing afternoon showers.
  • Wildlife will start to disperse with the receding floodwaters, making the delta game viewing exceptionally good, instead of world class.
  • As vegetation becomes green wildlife becomes more difficult to spot but that much more beautiful photograph.
  • Be sure to include a water based camp on your itinerary, ensuring the complete Delta experience.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are not as persistent with occasional afternoon showers soothing the heat of the day.
  • The "emerald season" is now in full swing, foliage is green and plentiful, flowers are in bloom and the migratory birds have returned.
  • The readily available water and green vegetation means animals enjoy prime condition, ideal for photographic enthusiasts.
  • Mosquitoes can be an issue at this time of year, be sure to pack some insect repellent.

Wildlife


The Okavango Delta boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa, with numerous species present across a range of wet and dry habitats. Encounter the Big Five in this region, with black and white rhino only present in the Moremi section of this conservation area. The numerous hoofed species including giraffe, zebra, lechwe and warthog, which are preyed on by lion, leopard and the endangered African wild dog, providing frequent hold-your-breath moments while on safari.

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