Mokolwane

LOCATION:

Okavango Delta

NUMBER OF ROOMS:

7

PRICE RANGE:

US$ 595 — US$ 1,155 per night

DATES OPEN:

Year Round

LOCATION:

Okavango Delta

NUMBER OF ROOMS:

7

PRICE RANGE:

US$ 595 — US$ 1,155 per night

DATES OPEN:

Year Round

Privacy amongst the prides

Mokolwane is a small, relaxed camp in one of the largest, and almost untouched, parts of the Okavango Delta. Set amongst a sprinkling of Mokolwane palms, in the Xudum concession (NG29), you’ll find it tucked away in 180 000-hectares of wilderness. Teeming with herds of elephant and all the Okavango predators, with so much space and so much action, it’s no surprise that National Geographic and Netflix filmmaker Brad Bestelink has chosen to base himself here. This is leopard country. These territorial cats love it here so much, that the area boasts the third highest density recorded anywhere in Africa. Mokolwane is a special little camp, big on adventure. And being the only camp for miles around, a great place to breath in the stillness and solitude.

Why You’ll Love Mokolwane:

  • As the only camp in a virtually untouched 200 000-hectare private setting, you’ll feel like you own the place!
  • This is the perfect little hideaway, offering big adventure in the wilderness.
  • You’ll enjoy sightings of all the Okavango predators, including the 3rd highest density of leopard in Africa, packs of wild dog and so much more.
  • If you’re looking for an exclusive use camp, this private camp is ideal for small groups.
  • The eco-system here offers a diverse variety of landscapes, from open grasslands, floodplains, lagoons to riverine and mopane forests, home to a large number of species.

We recommend booking Mokolwane as part of a complete Natural Selection safari, but if you want to book it separately or just check availability, click here to select dates and book.

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Mokolwane Accommodations

At Mokolwane you’ll find 7 charming tents, hiding 10 feet above the ground amongst the shady bows of fig, jackalberry, ilala palm and wild mangosteens. Elephants love it here, with a buffet of palm nuts, berries, and wild fig to feast on as they drip off these tree giants.

Each room, with an ensuite bathroom and comfortable interiors, emanates an earthly charm. Set on the Matsebi river system you’ll find yourself amongst the shade, enjoying spectacular views which turn emerald as the floodwaters roll in.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 7 canvas style tents, lifted 10-feet above the ground (6 twins, 1 family)
  • En-suite facilities, including indoor showers, flush toilets and hot and cold running water
  • Mosquito nets over the beds; ceiling fan
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main area
  • Communal dining area, on a raised wooden platform
  • Enjoy leisurely meals, with spectacular views!
  • With open skylines, enjoy exceptional star gazing opportunities

When to Visit Mokolwane

Mokolwane Camp is open year-round, with each season offering its own type of wildness. The annual floods reach the concession in around April or May, and the water stays in this area until the end of September.

Seasonality

  • Green season: 10 January – 31 March
  • Shoulder season: 01 April – 31 May | 01 November – 19 December
  • High season: 01 June – 30 June | 01 September – 31 October | 20 December – 09 January
  • Peak season: 01 July – 31 August

Mokolwane Activities

The diverse landscape is scattered with herds of elephant and large numbers of predators. With virtually no other people around you will enjoy remarkable game drives in the company of our exceptional guides.

Mokolwane highlights:

  • Enjoy morning and afternoon into evening game drives exploring the beautiful yet diverse ecosystems. Going between the islands and the fertile floodplains, keep an eye out for predators stalking the big herds.
  • Wind your way along crystal clear channels on mokoro (seasonal), floating between the water lilies and the papyrus reeds.
  • Stand on your shady tent deck, coffee and binos in hand, looking for spectacular sightings that come close to camp.
  • With an abundance of birds, you’ll be ticking them off at a rate of knots!
  • Spot thousands of elephants around a single waterhole.
  • Experience a thrilling scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta.

Mokolwane Landscape & Wildlife

Landscape

NG29 situated on the south-western corner of the Okavango Delta, is one of the largest concessions in Botswana and a vast wilderness area that is virtually untouched. A drive around the whole concession would take a number of days.

The eco-system here is diverse. For birds and wildlife, it is a playground of open grasslands, fertile floodplains, crystal clear lagoons, reeded islands, riverine and mopane forests, creating a wonderfully varied landscape for them to live in. Open savannah give way to small expanses of floodplain, and leadwood thickets, mangosteens, marulas, sausage trees and wild sage punctuate the wilderness.

Wildlife

Teeming with herds of elephant and all the exciting predators, with so much space and so much action, it’s no surprise that National Geographic and Netflix filmmaker Brad Bestelink has chosen to base himself here.

Between 5,000 to 10,000 elephants are in the concession at various times of the year and the buffalo herds that come through are also in large numbers. Giraffe and zebra are joined by wildebeest, and all the antelope from kudu, lechwe, bushbuck, tsessebe, to name but a few.

As a result there is a lot of predator action in the concession with a high density of resident leopard competing with strong populations of lion, wild dog, hyena and cheetah for prey.

The smaller species like bat-eared fox, side-striped and black-backed jackal, African wild cats, honey badgers, meerkat and mongoose are also frequently seen in abundance. As night falls, enjoy sightings of all the nocturnal creatures, from porcupine, aardwolf, aardvark, civet and genet.

This is an exciting concession for bird lovers too. From wattle cranes, Pel’s fishing owl, martial eagles, to huge flocks of quelea preyed on by falcon, there’s plenty to tick off on the bird list.

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