Oddballs Enclave in the Okavango Delta
Oddballs Enclave is on a small island just off the south-western edge of Chiefʼs Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango, and bordering Moremi Game Reserve.
The camp is accessible only by light aircraft. On arrival, you will be welcomed to the island by your private guide, who will remain your guide for the duration of your stay.
Oddballs Enclave can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests, in five twin or double bedded mini-Meru tents, making it a classic and intimate camp. The tents are on elevated wooden decks, each with a semi-detached private bathroom with an al fresco bucket shower, and hot and cold running water.
The guest areas have a variety of comfortable seating and a raised viewing deck overlooks the sweep of the Delta – the perfect place to watch the sun or moon rise and view whatever wildlife may be visiting. Meals are enjoyed on the deck with spectacular views across the floodplains to distant island forests.
Oddballs Enclave offers only walking and mekoro (s. mokoro) the traditional dug-out canoe of the swamps. Your private guide (maximum of two guests per guide) was born and raised in the area. He owns his mokoro (the genuine wooden article, no plastic replicas for us) and will take you out in it in the early mornings and afternoons, to nearby islands where he will walk with you to view game and the spectacular landscape that is the Okavango. On request, the camp will pack a picnic lunch for you, allowing you to stay out the whole day.
Walking unarmed amongst the full range of Africa’s wildlife is an experience that will live with you for a long time. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of this landscape and he will share his knowledge of the big and little things that with both surprise and astound you.
LOCATION: Oddballs is situated on the edge of Chief’s Island, deep in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
THE FOCUS: Oddballs Enclave is paying homage to a time when safaris were a real adventure. Activities are conducted by your own professional guide, a man of the swamp, born and bred in the area. The Enclave is a small, intimate hideaway with spectacular views over the flood plain that lies before it.
ACCESS: Serviced by Delta Air – a 20 minute flight from Maun.
GPS CO-ORDINATES: 19°31′ 51.14″ S and 23° 05′ 32.84″ E
CATEGORY OF SAFARI EXPERIENCE: Water camp with bush walks and mokoro excursions.
ACCOMMODATION: We accommodate 10 guests in 5 tents, with rustic en suite facilities.
ACTIVITIES: Walking with your personal, professional guide Mokoro excursions Optional visits to the local baYei village (your guide’s home)
CHILDREN: are most welcome.
WILDLIFE: An incredible variety of species cohabit in the Okavango, from plants, animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Low nutrient levels mean that sheer numbers of different species are seen – few of Africa’s wilderness areas can boast the diversity the Okavango can. Desert and wetland species exist side by side, elephant frolic in the water while the cats, small and large, grit their teeth and take the plunge when they feel they have to. You will also certainly see baboons cavorting, crocodiles basking and hippo frolicking.
CONSIDERING THE WILD: Oddballs Enclave does not operate any generators or offer motorized activities (you will either be gliding through the waterways in a tradition wooden hand-made mokoro, or you will be walking on your own two feet across the islands). Solar panels are used to power batteries and heat the water, and every little bit of waste is bagged and flown up and out of the Okavango altogether.
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