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Hot new openings May 2024 – Atzaro Okavango launches in Botswana

Atzaró Okavango Camp, opening May 2024 is a uniquely premium safari lodge in an unrivaled location at the heart of the Delta’s meandering waterways in Botswana. Atzaró Group’s latest expansion into Africa enjoys its vast private concession allowing for complete isolation and an unforgettable experience, whilst the luxurious accommodation, facilities, and service provide a safari experience like no other.

Reminiscent of a bygone age, Atzaró Okavango Camp is set to become one of the world’s leading safari lodges, with an extra level of hospitality that transports one in time. Nestled in the pristine African wilderness of the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta, the 1100 square kilometer private concession, offers guests personalized game viewing experiences, free of the overcrowding often found in other safari destinations. Atzaró Okavango Camp delivers an unforgettable journey back in time, blending romance, glamour, and authenticity, with unparalleled wildlife encounters and specially curated guest activities.  Located between the Moremi Game Reserve and the Gomoti Plains this area is widely recognised as one of the most exclusive and wildlife-rich regions in Africa. Expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience in breathtaking surroundings, further enhanced by Atzaró Group’s acclaimed hospitality. 

Atzaró Okavango Camp has partnered with African Bush Camps, a world-renowned provider of extraordinary wildlife and safari experiences, ensuring only the best local bush knowledge and guiding expertise, drawn from all corners of Africa’s most pristine regions. 

There are 12 romantic suites, eight stand-alone, plus two private villas with two suites each, all with plunge pools and elevated ‘star beds’ for the ultimate starry sky views at night. An adjoining private viewing deck is the perfect spot for relaxing sundowners. Interiors feature parquet flooring, mid-century furnishings and antiques, and the feel of a colonial and relaxed mix, with luxurious fabrics and amenities. Every suite enjoys a private deck overlooking the majestic lagoon and wildlife-filled waterways. All accommodation has air conditioning, heating for chilly mornings, high-speed wi-fi, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor baths and showers for a true bush experience.

During their stay, guests will enjoy the finest hospitality, with infused cocktails from the Palm Bar, an exquisite fine dining area, a fire-lit boma, a curated art gallery and boutique, and a delightful wine cellar. The camp’s unique wellness offering includes a state-of-the-art gym, yoga shala and an indulgent wellness area and rejuvenating treatments. Guests can partake in sommelier-led wine tastings, and high-tea served on the observation deck. Cocktails and champagne can be enjoyed at the 20-meter-long pool area adjacent to the lagoon, where hippos and elephants become constant companions.  An Ancestral Boma area provides a sacred space dedicated to the region’s past generations.

Activities include comfortable private game drives and night drives, as well as community visits to the local area. There are guided safari hikes on foot, helicopter safaris, bush dining, open-air cinema, photography safaris, stargazing, fishing and dug-out mokoro canoe expeditions.  For families, there are a raft of children’s activities to enjoy.

Conservation and Sustainability

Atzaro Okavangó is involved in important projects in the area to rejuvenate the natural habitat and support the flora and fauna ecosystems. The camp also works with anti-poaching patrols to safeguard the diverse wildlife found in the surrounding areas to prevent illegal hunting and protect endangered species. During the building phase of Atzaró Okavango, the conservation of existing trees on the site was paramount. There is an on-site solar farm, featuring cutting-edge solar photovoltaic technology with lithium-ion battery storage.  All the water used at the lodge undergoes purification via a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis treatment plant and then the water is re-mineralised. The camp also operates with sustainable practices, from reducing plastic waste to utilizing renewable energy sources as well as on-site organic matter waste composition of all organic kitchen waste.

The Okavango Delta’s wildlife is diverse and abundant, thanks to its rich ecosystems, the Botswana Government’s vigilant efforts against poaching, and the protection provided by the World Heritage Foundation status. The Delta sustains large concentrations of animals year-round, with seasonal and migratory variations. Careful management has made it one of the world’s most exclusive wildlife destinations. The camp’s experienced guides from African Bush Camps offer guests unrivaled sightings of elephants, hippopotamus, lions, leopards, gazelles, cheetahs, impala and buffalo.

In addition to the captivating wildlife found naturally in the Okavango Delta, the experienced guides offer guests unparalleled opportunities to witness breathtaking animal views up close and personal. The camp is situated in an area where a dynamic seasonal shift of animals occurs between the arid and grassy regions surrounding the delta itself. During the wet season, large animals migrate from the delta to the lush grazing plains of its outer regions. As the winter months approach and the grazing fades, the water entices the wildlife back to the delta, and birds’ flocks once again make it their home. The emerald season in November brings the birth of herds of new antelope and Impala, a favorite time of the Camp’s owners when thousands of new foals dot the landscape, attracting large prides of big cats.

The camp offers an ideal vantage point to witness this constant migration of exquisite wildlife in thousands. At Atzaró Okavango Camp, safari travelers can experience the splendor of African wildlife in its natural habitat. The surrounding lagoons, rivers and plains create a landscape teeming with animals, fulfilling every wildlife enthusiast’s dream. Atzaró Okavango Camp’s safari guides and staff ensure the utmost guest hospitality and service during the stay.

Encouraging longer stays of 5 days or more, the Atzaró Okavango Camp invites guests to fully relax amidst the wildlife and immerse themselves in the soothing sounds of nature. Guests are invited to indulge in the wellness and fitness facilities, following their existing or new routines, rejuvenate, and settle into one of the world’s last untouched wildernesses. Each private villa is equipped with its own vehicle and ranger, available for sunrise and sunset game drives.

Every part of the experience is meticulously handled, from planning your trip to the travel, arrangements, safari options and stay. Atzaró Okavango Camp has partnered with African Bush Camps, the renowned provider of extraordinary wildlife and safari experiences in some of Africa’s most untouched locations.