Basic "african" Lodges Okavango with Kids
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2013 2:46 PM Last Post By: rmalone
Feb 5, 2013 7:20 AM
Basic "african" Lodges Okavango with KidsWe, 4 adults with 3 boys from 9 to 12 y planning entering Okavango area with two 4x4 from Caprivi Strip, Namibia in Aug´13. Planning is running good, except finding reasonable Lodges to stay in teh Delta with kids for some days. Beside the immense luxury and prices are kids at most places not allowed.
We’re not looking for shiny, top equipped palaces in the Bush. A bed under a roof and the possibility to take a shower under the sky of Africa and kids friendly Hosts would be enough. We know, that we have eventually park our 4x4 and fly in to such a place.
Has anyone experience with Kids in the Okavango? Some recommendation to stay?
Greets from Switzerland
Feb 5, 2013 8:47 AM
1I'm not sure what you're looking for really exists.
Basically the lodges in the delta all pay very high concession fees and the costs of running them are very high (all goods/staff etc need to be flown in). So they are all pretty high end. There are also good reasons they say no kids. They are unfenced and there aren't many people around and children are vulnerable to cats and hyena in a way that adults simply aren't (as you may be aware there have been a number of incidents in Moremi in the last year).
I would contact Tara at Botswana Footprints and ask for her advice (firstname.lastname@example.org). They book campsites so are used to dealing with self-drivers (ie people on a budget not just rich elderly US/EUropean couples). If there are any reasonable fly-in options that take kids she'll know them. You will also potentially get significantly reduced rates if you turn up in Maun ready to go within the next few days so something that appears to be outside your budget from a website search may not be.
You've mentioned self-driving so obviously you know you can go into Moremi.
You could also consider some of the lodges along the panhandle and look into a mokoro trip - some offer multi-night camping/walking (not sure if the children's ages will be a problem).
There are also some options outside Moremi eg Kazikiini where you can stay in huts - or Mankwe if you are thinking of heading to Chobe via Savuti.
I hope you find what you're looking for - it's an amazing place.
Feb 24, 2013 2:46 PM
You could also consider some of the lodges along the panhandle and look into a mokoro trip - some offer multi-night camping/walking (not sure if the children's ages will be a problem)."
Agree with #1, and if you don't find what you are looking for here is an alternative to consider. We have stayed at beautiful Ngepi Camp in the panhandle on the Namibia side, which you may already be aware of, and it is family friendly. They have mokoro trips both ways on the river, deck boat trips, visit to bushman, a unique 'cage dive' swimming pool in the river, and you can self drive in the nearby little visited Mahango National Park.
See reviews at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g480213-d1403434-Reviews-Ngepi_Camp-Caprivi_Region.html
(4 star Hotel)
From US$78.00 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.14 per night
(1 star Hotel)
From US$9.63 per night