Created by the Okavango River spilling onto the open savannah, Okavango Delta is a sanctuary for some of the world’s most endangered animals: white and black rhinos, African wild dogs, lions and cheetahs call the marshlands and flooded plains their home. Its permanent wetlands and beautiful islands make this UNESCO World Heritage Site a year-round safari destination.
Set on the banks of Weboro Lagoon, Mopiri Camp is tucked away in the north west of the Okavango, offering guests a thrilling water camp experience. Mopiri means ‘little island’ in the local Bayei language — which is exactly what this camping experience provides.
Just over 160 miles from Maun and 60 miles from Shakawe, the camp is accessible by road and air. Offering panoramic views of the lagoon, seven spacious en suite tents and a trio of family units are set up for guests, each with a private pool and bathrooms featuring a large rain shower. Long, winding boardwalks separate the accommodation from the main camp, creating a sense of privacy.
A spacious dining room and separate lounge area lead out onto a large deck, where a smattering of seats encircle a firepit — the perfect spot for stargazing. An outdoor pool is ideally positioned for guests to appreciate the action unfolding over the floodplains, while al fresco dining areas dotted around the island and camp offer guests the chance to try local delicacies out in the fresh air. What’s more, traditional evenings with tasty meals and music from the Mopiri choir are held in a boma (traditional enclosure) in the middle of the island.
Days spent island-hopping in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) can be part of a short trip or combined with bush walks. Overnight trips to private fly camps are also up for grabs, allowing guests to explore deep into the delta during the day, followed by a three-course meal around the campfire come evening. There are also opportunities for lagoon-fishing and tours run by the Wild Bird Trust charity. The delta is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home to over 350 species, including the rare Pels fishing owl, African skimmers and jacanas, pygmy geese and the endangered wattled crane.
Need to know
• Seven rooms
• Three family rooms
• Two swimming pools
• In-room massage treatments
• Family-friendly water camp
• Accessible by road and air
• Variety of safaris
• Music from the Mopiri choir