The laid back Mapula Lodge is set on a large tree island surrounded by seasonal flood plains, north of the renowned Vumbura and Duba Plains concessions in the Okavango Delta.
The wonderfully rich habitat of savannah country, seasonal floodplains and permanent waterways supports varied and diverse wildlife, including everything from sitatunga antelope, buffalo, big cats, wild dogs and phenomenal birdlife.
There are 9 canvas-and-thatch tents complete with king size metal four-poster beds and en suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers. Safari-chic finishing touches include rich Kilims on the floors, polished butler trays and brass lanterns.
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 the ‘chill pit’, a sunken lounge area overlooking the lagoon, which does exactly what it says on the tin.
The activities on offer include day and afternoon game drives, mokoro excursions and boating safaris (when water levels permit) and seasonal fishing (April to November).