Rra Dinare Camp (meaning ‘Father Buffalo’) lies on a private concession adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve in the southeastern side of the Delta, an area with varied and exciting game viewing. Overlooking the Gomoti flood plains, Rra Dinare has a scenic setting which enjoys a steady stream of wildlife throughout the day. A traditional, unassuming but very comfortable camp offering some excellent game viewing with 4×4 drives and seasonal moroko activities.
Rra Dinare Camp lies on the 67,000 acre Santawani concession, which it shares with its sister camp, Mma Dinare (‘Mother Buffalo’) meaning sightings of other vehicles are rare and controlled. The concession is made up of Mopane woodland (a favoured home for many animals) for the main part though the area around the Gomoti River and widespread floodplains is open and offers pretty Delta landscapes.
Rra Dinare Camp has eight tents, including a family room, set on raised wooden decks with spacious decks and a sitting area for enjoying the views and quiet time between activities. The stretched canvas tents are spacious and thoughtfully designed and all are ensuite with twin basins, flush loos and a shower.
The central area has been built in keeping with Under One Botswana Sky’s other properties with open high thatched spaces allowing guests to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings while watching wildlife and birds from the comfort of an armchair or the bar. Meals are taken together family style in the dining area. The swimming pool and curio shop complete the luxurious, relaxed feel that Under One Botswana Sky safaris are known for.
As one of the last areas of the Okavango to receive the annual flood waters it contains some of the closest dry-season watering points for the game that spreads out towards Nxai andMakgadikgadi Pans during the rains. As a result the game viewing is especially good at this time. Around this, there is a high density of game in the dry season but since quite a lot of the reserve is mopane woodlands (a favourite location for animals during the rains and early dry season) good game viewing is expected all year round.
This river system attracts a wide variety of game. Familiar favourites include Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Tsessebe, Hippo, Crocodile, Genet, Honey Badger and a host of Plains Game. Rare Antelope breeds including Roan, Sable & Eland, not usually seen in the Okavango region, occur here. As the Gomoti is the primary water source in the area, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog come down to the riverside to drink and hunt, of course!
The locations and views are spectacular with the classic flooding of the Okavango across the adjacent seasonal floodplains. For those keen on bird-watching, the combination of the wetlands and the drier Acacia and Mopane veldt provide a perfect habitat for a variety of aquatic species including Open Billed Storks, Hammerkops, Egrets, Ibis and forest/savannah dwellers including Raptors, Shrikes, Drongos, Sunbirds and Ground Hornbills.
Rra Dinare Camp offers both day and night game drives in this exclusive private concession adjacent to Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives are conducted with a maximum of six passengers per vehicle with trackers on night game drives. Seasonal water activities on Gomoti River and game walks are available depending on local conditions.
The Okavango Delta offers a full range of accommodation options for every budget and interest, from simple mobile camps to some of the most sought after luxury lodges on the African safari circuit.
Accommodation in the Okavango Delta falls across three broad categories – water, land and mixed camps – categorized by the activities they offer. We generally recommend combining water and land camps, or a mixed camp, for a comprehensive Okavango experience.
Water camps are usually set in the permanent delta and offer boating, mokoro excursions and walking. The focus is on the unique delta environment, its distinctive waterways, birds and aquatic creatures. These environments do not typically support big game or game drives and as such these are generally slower paced safaris. Example’s include Camp Okavango and Setari Camp.
Land based camps offer game drives and sometimes walking safaris, with a focus on the extraordinary game which is attracted to this oasis in the desert. The fertile floodplains and islands of the delta are home to some of the best game viewing in Africa with great concentrations of animals in the vicinity of camps such as Mombo Camp, Chief’s Camp and Chitabe Camp. While water often features in the beautiful landscapes around these camps, water activities are not offered as the conditions are not suitable for safe boating or mokoro trips.
Mixed camps provide both land and water activities. However it is important to note that many mixed camps cannot offer water activities year round, and will only be able to conduct water activities with the arrival of the annual flood. Moreover in drought years, when flood levels are low, water activities may not run all year. There are a selection of camps such as Shinde Camp, Kwara Camp and Kanana Camp which can guarantee water and land activities year round. All of this we take into account and detail for you when planning your safari itinerary.
Most accommodation in the Okavango delta is provided by well-known safari outfitters such as Wilderness Safaris, &Beyond and Desert and Delta. Accommodation and all travel arrangements are booked through an independent tour operator (such as Okavango Delta Explorations) who offer independent advice on all the various operators’ camps, tailoring itineraries to include any preferred camps and all the necessary logistics. Access to remote camps and lodges is primarily by light aircraft on a shared charter basis, or helicopter, although some of them can be reached by vehicle or boat.
Government policy, coupled with the geography of the Okavango Delta, has ensured that the Okavango Delta safari experience has remained exclusive. Most camps and lodges are sited on large concessions meaning that you might not see anyone from another camp during your stay. Even when camps and lodges share concessions activities are often restricted to their allocated area.
To reduce the impact on the environment all accommodation in the Okavango Delta are required to be non-permanent. Outfitters have however not allowed this requirement to detract from the quality of their properties with the Okavango Delta containing some of the most luxurious camps and lodges in Africa.
Many camps and lodges are still tented in the traditional style, with some like Footsteps Across the Delta still utilizing comfortable explorer style Meru tents, but in recent years radical modern wood and canvas designs, such as &Beyond’s Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, have become popular.
All accommodation in the Okavango Delta is graded by the Botswana Tourism Organization. This gives a rough understanding of the standard of the accommodation and provides a basis for comparison. It is however difficult to capture the essence of such unique properties on such a matrix- based standard and grading should form one variable when comparing accommodation.