Wildly Luxurious Camp in the Okavango Delta offers a perfect balance of sustainable living and opulent comfort for safari enthusiasts
Lush palm islands, vibrant vegetation, and the iconic wildlife of Southern Africa create the backdrop for Atzaro Okavango, the 18th and newest safari destination from African Bush Camps. Designated by ABC as an “Icon” camp for the ultra-luxurious, wildly indulgent safari experience it offers amid savanna and delta landscapes, Atzaro Okavango is set to debut in March 2024. Celebrating sustainable luxury in the heart of the Okavango Delta of Botswana, the camp offers travelers a harmonious integration in a breathtaking environment and immersion in authentic local culture amidst the UNESCO World Heritage wilderness.
Long enamored with the Okavango region, Beks Ndlovu, a veteran professional guide who founded African Bush Camps in 2006, developed and designed the property jointly with Philip Gonda and Victor Guach of Atzaró Group. Philip, a former Bush pilot, and his partner desired to launch a remote, nature-based camp in Africa for years. When mutual friends introduced the three men, they realized they shared similar values and a common dream. Beks suggested a specific piece of pristine and undeveloped land rich in wildlife that offers opportunities for ABC to provide employment and financial independence to the local community, which, in turn, is dedicated to protecting the area.
Spread across 60 acres next to a river and overlooking a lagoon in the Okavango Delta, Atzaro Okavango Camp will welcome travelers with 10 luxury air-conditioned suites, including 2 double luxury family suites. Each suit has a private plunge pool, indoor/outdoor shower, and a private deck under a grass-topped roof for outdoor dining and entertaining.
True to ABC’s spirit of wild luxury and adventure, the design of the camp’s suites will be elegant, with a soothing palette of beige, wicker, and overstuffed leather furniture, canopied bedding, woven rugs, native potted plants, and flowing draperies on floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize views. Interiors will be further outfitted for comfort and connection with a well-stocked minibar, reliable Wi-Fi, fans, and mosquito nets.
Atzaro Okavango is powered by solar energy for the perfect balance of sustainable living and opulent comfort. Strict recycling procedures, reusable water bottles and refilling stations, and wastewater treatment plants are part of each ABC operation. Hiring local community members and their opportunity to grow and advance within the African Bush Camps organization is vital to the ABC philosophy. The company’s Foundation, ABCF, launched a new education program in Maun to benefit 15 students of the region and installed a water system in the same school to support an essential learning environment.
An onsite wellness spa will offer a soothing range of treatments, and personal fitness routines will be easy to maintain in a fully equipped gym, classes held on the yoga deck, or with laps and dips in an expansive 20-meter pool surrounded by a wooden deck topped with comfortable loungers and shading umbrellas.
A wine bar will be the destination for dining, African-inspired sundowners, and a selection of wines. An ancestral boma will also be available for outdoor dining and gatherings.
There will be no shortage of adventure opportunities to thrill and edify travelers at Atzaro Okavango. The region is rich in wildlife, such as elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, giraffes, lechwe, and hippos, making it an ideal destination for safari enthusiasts and nature lovers. Activities will include daily game drives, walking safaris, and mokoro explorations in the iconic ‘African gondola’ of the Okavango Delta, all led by African Bush Camps’ professional guides. Night drives, bird-watching excursions, and catch-and-release fishing will also be ready options, as will helicopter rides for guests staying three days or more, and cultural visits to nearby communities to provide locals with opportunities for self-sustainability and to share their knowledge and traditions.