New Okavango Delta Safari Camp: Splash Camp
If you’ve enjoyed stays at Kwara or Little Kwara camps in the Okavango Delta, you’ll be excited to learn about some of the changes taking place in the private Kwara Reserve in summer 2018. Kwara and Little Kwara will be closing, but brand-new Splash Camp gives guests access to the same private reserve with plentiful wildlife, plus many activities to enjoy on land and on water.
Kwara and Little Kwara Camp Closing for Upgrades Summer 2018
Kwara and Little Kwara will be closing for upgrades this summer, but starting in June 2018 we’re excited to introduce guests to Splash Camp, a stunning new camp in the private Kwara Reserve (432,000 acres) which uses the same airstrip as Kwara, and offers access to the same exceptional wildlife area as the Kwara camps. The camp was named for the area which has long been known as Splash due to the huge water crossings that had to be negotiated to access the camp area. Guests at Splash will enjoy a stylish new camp set picturesquely among trees, and boasting a scenic view. The intimate camp consists of 12 rooms around a pan which attracts year-round game, with private verandas for lounging and soaking in the scenery.
Private Reserve with Consistent Predator Sightings
The private Kwara Reserve shares an 18 mile boundary with the Moremi Game Reserve, and is known for its beautiful setting with access to the permanent waterways of the Delta and extensive dry bush wilderness, as well as its consistent sightings of predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard and on rare occasion – white rhino. Herds of elephants also frequent the area, as well as giraffe, zebra, sitatunga, lechwe, impala and hippos. The camp’s location in a private concession means guides can drive guests off road in search of sightings as well as take guests on night drives with spotlights. 30% of fascinating mammals are mainly active at night, so this increases guests’ sightings.
Mokoro Rides and Other Water-Based Activities
A mokoro trip is the quintessential delta experience. There is nothing more relaxing than poling along the lagoon and channels with a guide, soaking up the atmosphere and seeing things from a totally different perspective. The camp also offers walking at the guides’ discretion during the green season. Please note that the minimum age for both mokoro and walking activities is 12 years. Fishing is also offered at Splash for ten months of the year, but is prohibited in January and February as this is peak breeding season. Basic equipment is supplied, but avid fly-fishers are advised to bring their own equipment.
Boating is the perfect way to travel along the waterways and have a great view of what is going on at the water’s edge and beyond. From August to December visits to the nearby heronries currently located in Godikwe and Gcobega lagoons along the main boating channel are available.
To see how Splash can complete your Okavango Delta safari or a southern Africa safari experience, check out our Top Trip, Southern Africa’s Private Reserves, which includes three days at Splash.
The first version of this article was posted on 1 Mar 2018 at 12:52 PM.