For that ideal Botswana Safari, travel to Mapula Lodge in the famous Okavango Delta where a resident herd of hippo wallow in Hippo Lagoon in the game rich Mapula Reserve within the northern Okavango Delta region.
Sitting on a large island of trees, on the banks of a seasonal floodplain, Mapula Lodge boasts incredible sightings of big cats and large herbivores: think lion, leopard, cheetah and buffalo. The 12 000 hectare Mapula Reserve borders Vumbura and Duba Plains concessions on one side and Moremi Game Reserve on the other.
Accommodation in seven twin rooms, one double room and one family unit peep over the bush on wooden stilts, sheltered by low-hanging trees. Each stone and thatch suite boasts en-suite, open-air showers and traditional zinc bathtubs plus luxurious double or twin beds, lounges and private decks. Wooden floors, large mesh windows and sandy pathways ensure rustic, comfy accommodation for all.
Mapula Lodge has panoramic views over the Okavango Delta - sit on the shady deck and enjoy high tea or sundowners before a game drive or mokoro trip into the delta. Relax in the comfortable lounge and dining room or head to the swimming pool for a swim or nap on a sun lounger. The bush bar is the ideal meeting place for pre-dinner drinks.
Birding safaris, walking trails with guides and day and night drives ensure guests see plentiful wildlife on their Botswana safari. Game drives operate on both sides of a buffalo fence where guests see red lechwe, impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, steenbok, waterbuck, reedbuck, porcupine, hyena, jackal, genet, caracal and lion!
Enjoy close up sightings from a mokoro canoe of Sitagunga – a day’s excursion including walks could find crocodiles, elephants, waterbuck, pythons and monitor lizards – delicious packed lunches ensure no one goes hungry!
Photographic, fishing and birding safaris are extra pluses at Mapula Lodge – an Okavango Delta fantasy!