7 Botswana Kwando Splash Camp Oka­vango Delta

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes - – Melanie van Zyl www.kwando.co.bw, www.theafrican­wild.com

Kwando’s new­est lodge, Splash Camp, lies just north of Moremi Game Re­serve within the pri­vate Kwara Re­serve. Stay­ing here with your sig­nif­i­cant other is a bucket-list trip of dreams. Fresh and el­e­gantly styled, Splash Camp’s decor is sim­ple but chic, echo­ing the nearby delta and Botswana’s dig­ni­fied blue hues found in the flag, and sig­ni­fy­ing the coun­try’s rev­er­ence to Pula, those pre­cious, ever-giv­ing rains. This lux­ury camp of­fers ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from a world-fa­mous World Her­itage Site

red lechwe prance across the sea­sonal flood plains, wa­ter­ways are filled with hip­pos, crocodiles and ele­phants, and you might even spy the shy si­tatunga cam­ou­flaged against pa­pyrus, on a boat trip into the delta. The plains and drier wilder­ness ar­eas are home to chee­tah, wild dog, li­ons and more, sought-after preda­tors with ter­ri­to­ries so close to camp you’re likely to see them at the ear­ly­morn­ing break­fast out­side. Keep those binocs close, what looks like a jackal might turn out to be a wild dog. And, based near per­ma­nent wa­ter sources, you can hop onto a ro­man­tic mokoro for two.

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