Banoka Bush Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Banoka Bush Camp

Situated on the banks of the Khwai River, in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta and adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve, this incredibly diverse area hosts a wealth of wildlife.

OVERLOOKING A LAGOON, THE CAMP IS RAISED OFF THE GROUND TO TAKE IN THE VIEW.

What We Love
  • Banoka Bush Camp is in partnership with the Khwai Community and aims at bringing the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live alongside conservation areas.
  • There is a swimming pool and deck area raised off the ground to take in the view.
  • The electricity is 100% solar powered with a generator used for emergencies.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and above are welcome.
  • The minimum age for walking and mekoro activities is 13 years.
  • Charging facilities for batteries are available.

The Review

Banoka Bush Camp is named in honour of the River San, or Banoka, ancestors of the Khoi and the earliest settlers of the Okavango Delta. You can expect to see excellent sightings of predators including lion, wild dog, spotted hyaena and African wild cat. Huge herds of buffalo along with elephant, hippo, roan, tsessebe, reedbuck, waterbuck and red lechwe to name a few are abundant in the area.

Why Stay
Built along the tree-line overlooking a lagoon, the whole camp is raised off the ground to take in the view. Accommodation is in ten en-suite tented rooms complete with private verandas. There are two family tents which accommodate two adults and two children each. The main area consists of a bar, lounge, dining area and plunge pool and deck. There is an open campfire area to relax in and discuss the day's adventures.

Wildlife
The narrow Khwai Channel is home to large animals such as hippo and crocodile with buffalo and red lechwe often seen grazing along the fringe. Elusive roan and sable antelope often come to the river to drink followed by primates and a leopard. Common species include kudu, tsessebe, Burchell's zebra and blue wildebeest. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena.

Bird life found here is just as varied thanks to the colourful palette of habitats, including mixed woodlands, aquatic vegetation and open areas.

Experience
Activities include guided game drives, walks and traditional mokoro rides that allow one to float down the Khwai's secretive channels, creating that classic Delta experience. Fishing with a limited supply of basic equipment is on offer seasonally on a catch-and-release basis.

Banoka Bush Camp is easily combined with the Linyanti regions and Central Kalahari Game Reserve to provide a comprehensive Botswana experience - and in summer it is simply unbeatable as a wildlife destination.

Getting There

The Banoka Bush Camp is located in the Khwai Development Trust Community Concession (NG18) in northern Botswana. It is about 20km from Moremi National Park’s north gate. The camp can be accessed by road (approximately 3 hours from Maun through the Moremi Game Reserve); however accommodation reservations must be made prior to entry into the Concession – vehicles will not be granted access without an accommodation booking. Self drivers are welcome to partake in camp activities/drives but may not do self-drive game drives on the Concession.

 
Banoka Bush Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Banoka Bush Camp

Rating                       Adventure Camp
Type                         Safari Lodge
No. Rooms                 10
Max Occupants           24
Special Interests         Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                    Khwai Community Concession (Northern Botswana)


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There are eight twin bedded canvas tents. The twin beds can be pushed together to create a double bed. There is one pilot/guide tent which is a very basic version of a guest tent.

Family Tent
There are two family tents which accommodate two adults and two children each.

Unit Description
Canvas tents have thatched roof and en suite bathroom facilities with a toilet, shower and hand basins. Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied. Rooms have ceiling and each unit includes a mini-veranda.

Camp Description
The camp has a dining area, lounge deck and a bar under canvas canopy, all with ceiling fans. There is a swimming pool and an open deck area. All raised off the ground to take in the view. An open air boma is used for dinner around campfire.

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. Multi-plugs are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Activities

The main activity here is twice daily guided game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, exploring the Khwai Concession and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken.

Fishing is on a catch and release basis (prohibited in January and February for fish breeding purposes). The camp has a small stock of basic rods and reels but if interested bring your own fly fishing equipment. Bird watching and mekoro or boating excursions are dependent on water levels.

Suggested Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1030h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoons are at leisure.

Afternoon tea (at 1530h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 1930h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 10 January 2014
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Children Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for boating activities is 6 years (subject to water level).
    The minimum age for mekoro activities is 13 years (subject to water level).
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years (subject to availability).

Other Policies
    Maximum 9 guests per vehicle.
    All drinks are for guests’ own account unless stated otherwise in our itinerary.
    Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
    Any additional payments can be made in camp using cash, Travellers Cheques or Visa/MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:            2:00 PM
    Check out:         12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:      1 night

 

Khwai Concession

The 180,000-hectare Khwai Community Concession lies in the north-eastern corner of the Okavango Delta adjoining the Moremi Game Reserve with a wide range of habitats: a blend of riparian forest, floodplain, wetland and grasslands.

The narrow Khwai Channel is home to hippo, crocodile and buffalo with red lechwe often grazing along the fringe. The beautiful gallery riverine woodland, dominated by ancient camelthorn, knobthorn and appleleaf, provides sanctuary to birds, primates and leopard. Elusive roan and sable antelope often drink at the river.

The floodplains offer common species including kudu, tsessebe, zebra and wildebeest while the mopane woodland together with the permanent presence of water attracts large numbers of elephant to the area. Larger predators include lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena.

Birdlife
Bird life found here is just as varied thanks to the colourful palette of habitats, including mixed woodlands, aquatic vegetation and open areas. A large variety of waterbirds including Wattled Crane and Saddle-billed Stork, together with numerous raptor species adds great birding appeal to the area. Other avian specialities include Verreaux's Eagle-owl, Senegal Coucal, Long-toed Lapwing, Burchell's Sandgrouse and Arnott's Chat. With some 450 species to be seen, this is a birder's paradise.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff & Potters – £3.00 per day

Related Projects
Banoka Bush Camp is part of a community partnership between Wilderness Adventures  that aims at bringing the benefits of ecotourism to the communities that live alongside conservation areas. Khwai Development Trust and the Khwai Village benefit from the many employment opportunities as well as training and skills development in the ecotourism and hospitality industry. The camp is 100% solar powered.


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.

Getting There

The Banoka Bush Camp is located in the Khwai Development Trust Community Concession (NG18) in northern Botswana. It is about 20km from Moremi National Park’s north gate. The camp can be accessed by road (approximately 3 hours from Maun through the Moremi Game Reserve); however accommodation reservations must be made prior to entry into the Concession – vehicles will not be granted access without an accommodation booking. Self drivers are welcome to partake in camp activities/drives but may not do self-drive game drives on the Concession.

Airstrip Details
Banoka airstrip is located approximately 15 minutes drive from camp.
Licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5 700 kg MAUW (maximum all up weight) so will be able to accept and is licensed for King Air/PC12s. Category B.
Airstrip coordinates: 19’05’33’86 South, 23’38’53’08 East.
GPS co-ordinates are: 19° 7'39.57"S 23°39'39.26"E
Length 1.3 kilometres.