Mapula Lodge (Okavango Delta)
WHERE LOCATION IS EVERYTHING!
There’s an area on the northern fringes of the famed
Okavango Delta, an enormous, 220,000 acre concession that’s
a matrix of floodplains, woodlands and channels. Waterways
snake across the landscape, spilling into glassy lagoons and
encircling islands of stately palms and trumpeting elephant.
It’s an iconic Delta landscape, and a magical environment in
which to enjoy the abundance of wildlife.
In the middle of it all, on a large tree island
surrounded by seasonal floodplains, is the laid back Mapula
Lodge. Designed by the creators of the Kalahari legend,
Jack’s Camp, this is a stylish safari outpost with serious
panache. Even better, it’s one of only a handful of camps in
the concession making for exhilarating game viewing in a
blissfully uncrowded area. And if you don’t believe us,
you’ll just have to pay us a visit.
WHY BOOK THIS CAMP?
- This is your chance to explore one of the
continent’s most game-rich and beautiful concessions.
- Safari in complete exclusivity, away from the
tourist crowds and bulging 4x4s; here, it’s just you,
your binos, and the wildlife.
- Float down secluded waterways and access areas
remoter than you can imagine on a mokoro safari.
- Game view from the cool depths of the swimming pool
and watch the steady stream of wildlife at the lagoon in
front of camp.
- The guides at Mapula are some of the best in the
business; trained by safari legend Ralph Bousfield, each
one has an intricate knowledge of the area that’s hard
Accommodation & Amenities
9 tents: 6 twins, 2 doubles, 1 family
bathrooms with indoor & outdoor showers
Wifi available: no
facilities: in the mess tent & in room
Child policy: we welcome children aged 6
years and older
Disabled access: please enquire with
All meals and local drinks; activities (NB some
activities at an extra surcharge – helicopter flights, hot
What’s not included?
Flights; premium brand beverages; tips & gratuities;
Mapula Lodge is open all year round
Green season: 10th January to 31st March
season: 1st April to 14th June; 1st November 9th January
High season: 15th June to 31st July; 1st September to 31st
Peak season: 1st – 31st August
This enormous, 220,000-acre concession is slightly to the
north of the renowned Vumbura and Duba Plains concessions on
the northern side of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Despite its
vast size (and the abundance of game), the area is home to
only a handful of camps, making it a prime destination for
those looking for an exclusive experience in a blissfully
uncrowded area. The camp itself occupies an enviable
position on a large, treed island at the edge of seasonal
floodplains along the upper reaches of the famous Selinda
Spillway, the river that connects the Okavango Delta to the
The landscape is iconic in all its Delta-esque beauty.
It’s a pristine wilderness of floodplains and grasslands,
lagoons and palm-strewn islands, and the diverse habitats
support an extraordinary range of wildlife. It truly is one
of the most unique wetland areas in the world, unchanged for
centuries, and, in our eyes (and many others!) one of the
best safari destinations there is.
It’s not a Bousfield family camp if it’s not a little bit
quirky and jam-packed with character, and Mapula is no
exception. The team have given the original lodge a
facelift, and the nine canvas-and-thatch bedroom tents are
replete with king size metal four-posters and feather-filled
pillows to fall face first into after a day’s game viewing.
Ensuite bathrooms have both indoor and outdoor showers, and
there’s two natty Malawi chairs in the mini lounge area,
ideal for siesta snoozes. Safari-chic finishing touches
include rich Kilims on the floors, polished butler trays and
At the main area, an aquamarine swimming pool is the
perfect antidote to hot Delta afternoons – and if the cool
waters don’t tempt you in, the views over the hippo-filled
lagoon below might. If you’d rather stay dry, pick a perch
in the lounge to keep watch over the wildlife action;
there’s a variety of comfy sofas and slouchy armchairs to
choose from. Then there’s our ‘chill pit’, a sunken lounge
area overlooking the lagoon, which does exactly what it says
on the tin.
The Mapula Lodge is an exclusive Safari Lodge situated
ideally to provide both land and waterborne activities to
its guests. The shallow channels and floodplains invite
guests to the tranquil canoe trips in the clear Delta
waters, while the larger islands surrounding the Mapula
Lodge are home to a wide variety of game which can best be
viewed from open 4x4 game drive vehicles.
The traditional design and use of natural log at the
Mapula Lodge in Botswana creates a unique large central
lounge with an open balcony featuring a small library,
open-air bar and curio shop. Guests also have access to the
lodge's refreshing swimming pool.
The main building of the Mapula Lodge with its extensive
decks overlooks the permanent lagoon where the resident pod
of hippopotamus resides. It is here where guests will find
the comfortable lounge, dining area and a bar area with one
of the best views in the Okavango Delta. A small library and
swimming pool completes the main area.
We’ve already established that this incredible concession
in the Okavango Delta is a true wildlife stronghold and
whether this is your first time on safari or you’ve
traversed the continent with your binos, you won’t be
disappointed by what’s on offer. In fact, those in the know
(and who’ve been around the safari block more than a few
times!) say that the area has the highest concentration of
lion anywhere in the Okavango Delta. But the allure isn’t
simply in the number of animals you’ll see, but in the
diversity of species in the reserve.
Yes, there’s lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, but
you’ll also spot elusive and lesser-known predators like
caracal, serval and mongoose. On the edge of the water,
buffalo congregate en masse and trunk-swinging elephant
bathe, watched beadily from the channels by sun-basking
crocs and hippo.
Antelope dot the floodplains in every direction, and
zebra and giraffe appear at the flash of a camera. The
birdlife here is especially noteworthy, with the endangered
wattled crane, carmine bee-eaters, and the African paradise
flycatcher all regularly spotted to the delight of many a
Accommodation Rates:- From $560 per person per night. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.