The wildest way to experience the Okavango Delta
Oddball's offers two very different experiences: staying in a very basic, potentially busy base camp (Oddball's) or taking the plunge into the surrounding wilderness on a mokoro, for a truly rustic, private experience of untamed Africa. The camp best serves as a jumping off point for the overnight mokoro trails, offering little else in terms of luxury or other activities. The trails, on the other hand, offer something that's difficult to find in Africa's modern day safari industry - just you and your guide camping out on remote islands that you can explore on foot, and navigating the myriad of channels in a genuine dug-out mokoro. This is as close to nature as you'll ever get.
At the lodge
Set in a grove of leadwood and mangosteen trees, Oddball's sits on the edge of Chief's Island in the heart of the Okavango. The mokoro-topped bar and central lounge area boasts sweeping views of the luminous green floodplains in front of camp. There are a few comfortable chairs and sofas and a small selection of books and games available on the slightly raised deck. The dining area, like the rest of camp, is simple, with wooden tables and cushioned chairs and a small buffet counter.
Thirty guests can be accommodated in 15 simple dome tents (including two family units and one honeymoon suite). The tents - perched on raised wooden decks and shaded by canvas - are just large enough for a double bed (with a mosquito net) and a storage chest. Each has an outdoor bucket shower and an ensuite toilet. A charming reed and thatch hut constitutes the honeymoon suite with otherwise similar facilities.
Although there are no motorized activities on offer, you're spoiled by having your own private guide, who is invariably from the local community. Typically, activities take place in the early morning and late afternoon, but if you're keen on a whole day outing, the team will happily pack a picnic lunch for you. The focus is on exploring the channels and lagoons in a mokoro (made by your guide) and the islands on foot. You may also visit your guide's village, Sedibana, and meet his family. The best option at Oddball's (by far!) is to do a multi-day mokoro trail, camping out in the wilderness with your guide. They'll provide everything you need except for a sleeping bag.