Gomoti Plains Camp, a new tented camp in the Okavango Delta, offers family-friendly safari style in the wild
Botswana’s newest tented camp offers the best of the okavango
From its dramatically divergent terrain to its bountiful fauna, a safari in Botswana is like no other in africa. a veritable noah’s ark teaming with wildlife of all shapes, sizes and speed settings, the water-rich okavango delta offers visitors the opportunity to view it all; from lion stalking through scruffy Kalahari grass to riverbanks gridlocked with lazy, sunbaked crocodiles.
It is here that Machaba safaris decided to, quite literally, pitch tent. Their newly opened gomoti Plains camp offers a classic safari experience and modern-day amenities without being too decked out or gentrified.
The camp, situated in a new concession in the south-eastern part of the
Gomoti Delta is built on land leased from the local community. As Machaba Safaris managing editor Alistair Rankin explains, ‘Machaba’s philosophy in Botswana is about creating from the ground up and working with the local community’.
Situated on the edge of the Gomoti river system, the camp consists of a tented main area where guests can feast on oldfashioned, home-style cooking under the stars. There’s also a library and swimming pool. Ten luxury tents, including two family units that can accommodate four pax, on raised lookout decks make up the accommodation offering.
Alistair’s brief for the structures and interiors to architect Lisa Rorich and interior designer Andrew Irving from Interdeco was straightforward: keep it simple. ‘I wanted the focus to be on the outside, not the inside, but still maintain a high-luxury factor,’ he says.
Lisa drew inspiration from the
1950s safari style, updating it with contemporary flourishes and materials. She opted for dark grey canvas exteriors to mimic the shadows of the surrounding thorn trees, effortlessly camouflaging the tents into the surrounding landscape. Similarly greyish timber tent structures and poles mimic large tree branches. ‘Large roll-up blinds and meshed openings were also a must to maximise on the indoor-outdoor relationship,’ says Lisa.
Inside, the decor palette reflects the surrounds, too; roughly woven baskets and fabrics are reminiscent of sun-bleached grassland, deep blues and reflective surfaces reference the water and khaki-hued upholstery cite the green-grey foliage of the lala palms found all along the riverbank.
When not reclining on a comfy sofa or enjoying a drink on the deck staring off into the vast African veld, guests can safari by road (day and night drives), foot (guided walking safaris) or water (paddling along the shallow waters of the okavango in a dug-out canoe called a mokoro). Whichever mode you choose, be sure that the experience will be rich and bursting with life. Machaba Safaris n 8 machabasafaris.com
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Read our travel features for instant wanderlust on houseandgarden. co.za clockwise, from top left a double tent; roll-up canvas walls deliver easy inside-outside flow; interiors riff on the colours and textures of the landscape