Motswiri, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Whereas many safari lodges are focused either on boats, vehicles or horses, we love the flexibility at Motswiri where it is possible to opt to go out riding, on foot, in motorboats, in canoes or in open game-viewing vehicles.
Motswiri Camp is on the banks of the spectacular Selinda Spillway, an ancient watercourse linking the Okavango and Kwando-Linyanti. The Selinda area combines open floodplains to the immediate west and north of camp with riverine forests lining the Spillway to the east. Motswiri operates exclusively in over 120,000 pristine acres.
Selinda's diverse vegetation results in superb birding and it is home to giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, lion, leopard, cheetah and rare species such as roan antelope, sable and wild dog. Many large herds of elephant and buffalo migrate through the area during the year. The landscape is unusual in its clear definition between floodplains and permanently dry areas, making it uniquely suited to both horse-riding and walking safaris.
For many, there is no better way to get close to nature than on foot. Motswiri's walking safaris involve tracking spoors, searching for specific game, bird watching, detailed study of flora and fauna - whatever the guests want. Walks are accompanied by an armed, professional guide who will tailor the activities to the guests' specific areas of interest.
Groups are small, no more than six. Walks are often interspersed with fishing and swimming, or taking time-out to watch some of the spectacular pans and favourite watering holes, observing the birds and animals coming to drink.
On the water
The proximity to the Spillway and the high floods of recent seasons make boating and canoeing possible nearly all year round. There is a mix of powered boats, canoes and mekoros, well suited to a wide range of water-based activities.
Game drives and night drives are also on offer, although sometimes high floods restrict the geographical reach of these, and boating options often allow better access.
There are over twenty horses, ranging from Thoroughbreds to Boerperds, Arabs and Kalahari crosses, large to small. All are well schooled, well fed and cared for, well turned out and acclimatised to the area and to the game that guests will encounter. This is big-game country so riders need to be experienced and confident.
Motswiri is a small and personal camp, stylishly and comfortably rebuilt in 2010. It meets the latest, exacting environmental standards and is largely solar powered. The central mess area boasts a large, comfortable sitting area with separate dining. It has wonderful views of the spillway and the wildlife that is attracted to it to drink. There is a discreet sunbathing area with its own plunge pool to jump into when the going gets a bit too hot.
Sited on the raised banks of the Spillway, the five tents are airy, spaced well apart and each has its own shower, loo and large decked veranda. They can be configured for double bed or twin accommodation.
Satellite or Fly Camp
Guests also have the option of spending a night or two at Motswiri's Fly Camp. This enables access to the more remote areas of the reserve, where guests will encounter differing landscapes and game viewing experiences.
The term 'fly camp' comes from the early days of safaris when hunters or explorers would leave their main camp in situ and range further taking with them just the fly sheets of their tents. Motswiri's Fly Camp is a rustic affair, though the walk-in tents and beds are very comfortable and each tent is equipped with a loo and shower.
Planning your safari
All our safaris in the Okavango Delta are tailored to your preferred dates and interests. There are no fixed-date departures. Please contact us for an initial exploration of options and costs.