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Baines’ Camp is located on a huge private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, overlooking a lagoon on the Boro River where hippo can often be seen.
Here in the Okavango Delta lives some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful have where animals have been protected for decades. The 260,000 acres of untamed African bush, bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, boasts desert, dry savannah, lagoons and swamps in close proximity - cheetah, crocodile and elephant can all be seen close to camp.
Set in a grove of trees and surrounded by papyrus beds, this low environmental impact camp has been built using only commercially grown wood, incorporating recycled aluminium cans as the insulation layer within the walls, and can be packed up without a trace. At any time of year there is always something to be seen from the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main building and sitting room, be it a prowling lion looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon or one of the many elephants who live in the area.
There are five luxurious suites at Baines’ Camp, complete with four-poster “sky beds” swathed in mosquito netting. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of year. The beds can easily be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck if guests want to enjoy a night under the stars, overlooking the shining waters of the Boro River. Each suite is set on raised platforms up in the tree canopy, allowing visitors a wide view over the river and beyond.
Botswana has superb wildlife which is exemplary in Baines’ private concession and its numbers are spectacular all year round. The camp’s guides, all highly trained English speakers, show guests the signs of the bush on exciting walks along the animal paths that surround the camp. They also explain how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango, or introduce guests to some the 500 bird species that live at this confluence of habitats.
One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Baines’ Camp is in one of the locally made dug out canoes. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango Delta. In one of these traditional mokoros, it is possible to float around the streams and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water but also getting a remarkable view of the plains from a new and exciting angle.
An extraordinary treat available at Baines’ Camp is the opportunity to go walking in the bush with three semi-habituated elephants. Jabu, Thembi and Morula are orphaned elephants that were adopted by Doug and Sandi Groves. The elephants “take” guests on long walks, foraging in the area in absolute safety. They show guests how they look for food, strip leaves from branches with their long trunks and take showers in the lagoons of the delta. What better guide to the African bush than a fully-grown African elephant?