Banoka Bush Camp
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Banoka Bush Camp is situated on the banks of the Khwai River, in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta, adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve. Built along the tree-line overlooking a lagoon, the whole camp is raised off the ground to take in the view. Accommodation is in tented rooms complete with private verandas. The main area consists of a bar, lounge, dining area and plunge pool and deck. There is an open campfire area to relax in and discuss the day's adventures.
The narrow Khwai Channel along the Banoka Bush Camp is home to large animals such as hippo, crocodile and buffalo, and red lechwe often seen grazing along the fringe. Elusive roan and sable antelope often come to the river to drink followed by primates and a leopard. Common species include kudu, tsessebe, Burchell's zebra and blue wildebeest. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Rich bird life is found in habitats of mixed woodlands, aquatic vegetation and open areas.
Activities in the Banoka Bush area include guided game drives, walks and traditional mokoro rides on the Khwai's secretive channels, creating the classic Delta experience. Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis. Banoka Bush Camp is easily combined with the Linyanti regions and Central Kalahari Game Reserve to provide a comprehensive Botswana experience - and in summer it is simply unbeatable as a wildlife destination.
Banoka Bush Camp OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
Stay Banoka Bush Camp is an adventure safari lodge with 10 luxurious tents with a capacity for 24 guests. There are eight twin bedded canvas tents and two family-tents which accommodate two adults and two children each. All the canvas tents have thatched roof and en suite bathroom facilities and come with a mini-veranda. There is one pilot/guide tent which is a very basic version of a guest tent.
The Camp The main Banoka Bush Camp area consists of a lounge, dining area and bar, all under canvas and with ceiling fans. There is swimming pool and an open deck area. All raised off the ground to take in the view. An open air boma or campfire area is used for dinner, relax in and discuss the day's adventures.
ChildCare Children of 6 years and above are welcome to stay at the Banoka Bush Camp. Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room. The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years (subject to water level). The minimum age for mekoro and walking activities is 13 years. There are no specific facilities for children available.
Safari The main activity at the Banoka Bush Camp is twice daily guided game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, exploring the Khwai Concession and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. All vehicles are equipped with books on local flora and fauna along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken.
Experience Fishing around the Banoka Bush area is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment. Bird watching and mekoro or boating excursions are dependent on water levels.
Location Banoka Bush Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana is located on the banks of Khwai River, in the Khwai Concession, north-east corner of the Okavango Delta. It is about 20km from Moremi National Park’s north gate.
Getting There Banoka Bush Camp can be accessed by road (approximately 3 hours from Maun through the Moremi Game Reserve); however, accommodation reservations must be made prior to entry into the Concession – vehicles will not be granted access without an accommodation booking. Self-drivers are welcome to partake in camp activities/drives but may not do self-drive game drives on the Concession.
When to go Botswana’s winter months from May to October are dry and cool with chilly nights. This is also its high season for travel. Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between December and February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Best time to travel is all year round.