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Reviewed 19 October 2017

When we arrived at Delta Camp in our 3-seater plane, we were greeted by MD, our guide. MD is a bushman from the area. After a brief rest at the airstrip, MD instructed us to put on sunscreen and bug spray, take our cameras and binoculars, and leave the rest behind. Our luggage would be driven to the lodge. He then guided us to a Mokoro. Mekoro (plural for Mokoro) are dugout canoes traditionally made from the Kigelia tree. Bushmen use Mekoro to travel around the shallow waters of the swamp and between islands. MD stood at the stern and propelled the Mokoro by pushing us along with a two-pronged pole, keeping it steady for us. These boats can be easily overturned and are especially vulnerable to attack by Hippopotamus. We were unaware of this on our first Mokoro ride, making this a wondrous tranquil experience of picturesque sights and bird song. When we arrived at the lodge, our Mekoro “parking spot” was unavailable because elephants and water buffalo were blocking the path. But MD is an experienced guide and took us to another access point. MD was also our guide through walks in the Delta. His first instructions to us were that we should only walk in single file, and how we should react if we are ambushed by lions, elephants, hippos, hyena, etc. It was not comforting, but made the walk very exciting. When he noticed a hyena running straight toward us, MD told us to “freeze”. It stopped in its tracks about 30 meters away and we stared at each other for a short time. It then ran counter-clockwise around us, stopped again, stared, bared its teeth, ran around again, stopped, stared, and ran away. Whew! We did three bush walks with MD, each thrilling. We saw zebras, giraffes, water buffalo elephants, hippos, impalas, steenboks, baboons, vultures, and so many beautiful birds. On our final day, MD took us back to the airstrip in the Mokoro. There was a Hippo too close for comfort, so MD was very cautious, skirting and stopping at the opposite embankment, with several attempts to inch forward until the Hippo was out of sight. We could sense his anxiety about the Hippo and about being able to get us to the airfield in time for our flight. He always had our safety in mind.

For our first night, we stayed in a family size room. It was wonderful. Another couple (Jo and Matt) were in the tree house. It was amazing. The first floor was the bathroom, with an open view on three sides. The second floor was the bedroom, also open to the elements on three sides. Three steps down from the bedroom was a sitting area, along with a hammock. What a view. Directly on the Delta. When Jo and Matt left the next day, we asked Mat (the Camp Manager) if we could move into the tree house since we were alone at the camp. “No” was his immediate response, with a far-too-long pause and uncomfortable gaze followed by a huge smile that said: “Got you!”, and a resounding “yes”. We were ecstatic. From our tree house, we could see hippos and alligators in the distance. Elephants were both near and far. We saw them roaming on the Delta, right in the camp itself, and right beneath our tree house. The bushman and the staff were extremely wary and cautious of the elephants. They were wild, not used to humans, and would charge if startled or bothered. When animals were spotted in the camp, we would be accompanied to our treehouse. The warthogs around camp mainly fled as we walked past. The vegan food was flavorful, and we especially enjoyed the crisps for breakfast. Thank-you, Mat and MD, for a memorable experience. Lyn & Ian.

Room tip: If you don't mind steep stairs or heights, the tree house is amazing!
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Lyn C
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

it was scary. the canoe with poler was good.watch you mouth weeds my hit you in face.
the ground is hard hard... hot and muggy. morning get cold..in oct...need jacket.. it is very dark..the hipo came after us they are very territory and do not like you. mosquitos come in have bug spray.. you will need it..keep tent closed...all time...not worth the walk around island very few animals in oct . I will never go again.... wished I did not go this time

when we tiped the poler 15 p they were angry they wanted more . they got angry.
we passed some people going for day trip.do not know what they payed..

Room tip: set you price before you go.... they expect a good tip...
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank kitty37421
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

What an exceptional experience! We arrived by tiny plane and were met by Matt and KG our guide. We were due to go to the camp by mokoro but the hippos in the pool had other ideas so we went by foot. An incredible start to a memorable stay at Delta Camp.
We were the only guests and were treated as part of the family. Naima our waitress and Colin the chef produced and served the most amazing, exceptional food. Drinks were always cold and readily available. Everything comes in by plane from Maun - the freshness and variety was incredible.
The open fronted reed cabins were an experience - we shared ours with the local wildlife - the monkeys arrived before us putting the loo roll down the toilet and scattering the towels - quickly put right but we couldn't leave anything out so learnt to live out of the very large wooden trunk in which we stored everything.
As I have no head for heights we didn't stay in the Tree House which is the most extraordinary bedroom - although we did take a quick look and the view is amazing but be aware the bed is a level higher than the bathroom which could be tricky at night!
We were able to view elephants and buffalo from approximately four feet away - although we were six feet above them on the platform in our cabin - an extraordinary experience. We walked on Chiefs island following trips by mokoro to get there and were treated to close up viewings of giraffe, zebra, impala, kudu, elephants and numerous birds.
We learnt so much about the wildlife and environment from KG and would love to return during the wet season to see how the area transforms from golden to green.

Room tip: If you don't like heights don't book the Tree House.
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JTZ
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Our trip to delta camp was amazing. On the plane on the way, there was lots of game. We landed at Oddballs and saw a big elephant close up. Then Knowledge and Joshua our guides greeted us and gave us a briefing of the area. After we took the Mokoro (wooden canoes) to delta camp and saw elephants and hippos. St arrival Pony greeted us and told us about everything that was going to happen . After we went in an evening walk and saw giraffes and elephants . The next morning we did a morning mokoro and walk where we saw a pride of lions elephants buffalo giraffes and all in foot . The guides were very knowledgable and reassuringly said "if a lion charges at you, stay still , make eye contact and take your pictures!!!".
The rooms are lovely with great views and very comfortable beds. Also the food is amazing.
Thank you to everyone who made our trip so amazing!

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank laughinglioness
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

My husband and I had a truly magical experience at Delta Camp. Matt, the manager, and our guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun. The people of Botswana are very friendly and extemely proud of their successful government and country - a nice feeling to experience in Africa or anywhere!

We have traveled extensively but have rarely experienced the amazing remoteness and sense that nothing had changed in thousands of years in the Delta. Delta Camp does a fabulous job of serving good, healthy meals (and plenty of them) in such a remote location. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, but perhaps more rustic than some may wish given the luxury price. I felt the open air cabins were interesting and appropriate for the setting. The plumbing worked fine and the showers were good and hot. Who doesn't like sharing your quarters with some wildlife when out in the bush?

And gliding through the reeds, surrounded by water lilies in a mokoro poled by your guide is the most relaxing sensation I've experienced. (In spite of the hundreds or thousands of hidden hippos!)

Date of stay: March 2017
Thank MarcieKL
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