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Exploring East Africa in 2024 should be on everyone’s calendar. An East African safari conjures images of vast savannah plains, flat-topped acacia trees, and those postcard-perfect red and orange sunsets on the horizon. It’s no wonder that an East African safari is one of our most frequent requests! At Rhino Africa, we don’t ever copy and paste itineraries. Instead, we tailor-make one specifically for you. However, here’s one to get you dreaming, that travel bug biting, and your ideas sparking…
Why You’ll Love East Africa
Famous for its abundance of wildlife in wildly remote landscapes while offering ultra-luxurious accommodation at the same time, it’s not a surprise that East Africa is at the top of many bucket lists across the globe. Giraffe, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, antelope and many more punctuate grassy acacia-studded plains that disappear into the horizon. Think Lion King; then you’re thinking East Africa!
But wait, there’s more. You can also easily combine your safari with a beach getaway on the Kenyan or Tanzanian coastline or visit the Zanzibar Archipelago. Gentle aquamarine waves, soft white sands, luxury beach hotels and year-round warm weather make these some of the world’s top beach destinations.
There are so many different ways to experience an East African Safari in 2024. Here’s just a taste of the adventure, scenery, wildlife and luxury accommodation you can expect…
First Stop: Nairobi, Kenya
Recommended Stay: 1 night
When you explore East Africa in 2024, we suggest you kick off your journey in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. With all the buzz of a major African city, Nairobi is an exciting and vibrant place to begin your East African adventure. With Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro as your backdrop, Nairobi offers museums, markets, restaurants and nature reserves well worth a visit.
Where to Stay: Hemingways Nairobi
This luxury 5-star boutique hotel epitomises personalised service, ensuring your stay is nothing short of perfect. From the warm Kenyan hospitality to your personal butler, your every need is taken care of. Hemingways Nairobi is only 40 minutes from Nairobi’s international airport, set between Nairobi National Park and the foot of Ngong Hills.
The plantation-style architecture and intricate symmetry are coupled with contemporary-chic décor and hand-cut Italian marble. Meander through the gardens, unwind at the spa or explore nearby attractions, including the Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre.
Why We Love it
- Enjoy the view of the Ngong Hills from your private balcony and airy 80-metre-square suite
- Relax as your personal butler takes care of your every need, from dimming the lights to ordering your favourite tea
- The 24-hour in-room service offers you the chance to relax in your suite in privacy and comfort
- Relax at the on-site Hemingway Spa overlooking the manicured gardens
Next Stop: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Recommended Stay: 3 Nights
Next up, safari! Kenya’s flagship game park, the legendary Maasai Mara is a must on any trip to East Africa in 2024. Best known for being host to part of the Great Wildebeest Migration, this animal spectacle takes centre stage during the peak season around August to October. The show runs all year with the full cast of wildlife consisting of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope, with some hungry predators on their heels.
Where to Stay: Governors IL Moran Camp
Hidden along the banks of the Mara River in a forest in the Maasai Mara, you will find the ten luxurious tented suites of Governors IL Moran Camp. Each spacious tent has its own verandah and en-suite bathroom with a bath, large shower, twin basins, flush toilet, and hot and cold water. This secluded camp gives you a front-row seat to wildlife and the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Although tucked away, getting there is effortless, with daily flights from Nairobi to Musaira Airstrip located just 15 minutes from camp. Enjoy breakfast on the main deck while hippos snort in the river below, and sip on your favourite cocktail next to the firepit after an exciting day.
Why We Love it
Next Stop: Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Recommended Stay: 2 Nights
With the snow-capped Kilimanjaro as its backdrop and teeming with wildlife cohabiting with the local Maasai, Amboseli National Park is an incredible safari destination in its own right. With Kenya’s largest concentration of elephants and the full range of African wildlife living in harmony with the Maasai people, Amboseli offers a fascinating safari adventure.
Where to Stay: Ol Donyo Lodge
The thatched-roofed luxury safari lodge is ideally located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills and offers easy access to Amboseli National Park. As a forerunner in sustainable tourism, Ol Donyo Lodge works closely with the local Maasai to positively impact their livelihoods through tourism. The views also make this lodge special, from Kilimanjaro in the distance to the high density of wildlife roaming close to the lodge.
Why We Love it
- Plenty of activities, from horse riding, bush walks, mountain biking, and more
- This land is owned by and leased from the local community, so your stay contributes to the area and its people
- The cottage-style accommodation has private roof terraces for incredible sundowner views
- Swap your room for the star bed and sleep out under the stars
Next Stop: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Recommended Stay: 2 Nights
Ah, the Serengeti. The big one. The mother of all national parks. The one park all other parks are jealous of. Also known for hosting the Great Migration, this flagship national park is an enormous expanse of prime grazing and browsing that sets the stage for one of the world’s greatest mammalian shows.
Despite this swarm of life, you might not see the migration as it’s seasonal. However, your safari will still be more than worth it! Lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant, wild dog, hyena, giraffe – the smorgasbord of African wildlife – roam these plains as they have done for millennia.
Where to Stay: Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge
Tucked away in the Wogakuria Hills in the northern Serengeti, Lemala Kuria Hills offers a relaxed front-row seat to wildlife and the jaw-dropping Great Wildebeest Migration! Each of the 15 spacious, glass-fronted suites is discretely built to provide the utmost seclusion and privacy. Relax in your private plunge pool overlooking the neverending grasslands and hilly landscape.
Why We Love it
- The close proximity to the Mara River provides the opportunity to witness the spectacular river crossings of the Great Wildebeest Migration
- Enjoy excellent game viewing without the crowds
- Indulge in pampering treatments at the Melengali Spa
- Experience nature from a new perspective on hot air balloon and walking safaris
Next Stop: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Recommended Stay: 2 Nights
If the Garden of Eden needed a modern-day setting, nobody would deny the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater first rights. The world’s only intact volcanic caldera is the safari equivalent of the Super Bowl: a giant stadium 16km in diameter and crammed with wildlife. Elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, wildebeest, hundreds of birds – classic Africa in a super-fertile cauldron.
Where to Stay: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge offers Versailles-style romance in the unique setting of an ancient volcanic caldera. This lodge is what honeymoon dreams are made of! Think rose petal bubble baths, romantic candlelit dinners in the crater floor banquet, your own private butler, and more.
Why We Love it
- Nicknamed “The Lodge at the Top of the World”, you have unbelievable views over the Ngorongoro Crater
- Plenty of activities, from safari game drives to bush walks and cultural Maasai and Hadzabe tribe experiences
- Personal butler and ultra-romantic turndown service
- Interact with the KopeLion conservation team to learn about lion conservation and how the Maasai live side-by-side with wildlife
Last Stop: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Recommended Stay: 2 Nights
An unexpected delight awaits your final night as we stop at Tarangire National Park, a lesser-known safari destination in East Africa. With nothing but parched grasslands for miles during the dry winter, wildlife congregates in great numbers – friend and foe alike – to sip from the park’s only water source, the Tarangire River. As a result, the game viewing is excellent, making for a spectacular finale to an unbeatable safari through East Africa in 2024.
Where to Stay: Sanctuary Swala Camp
The very remote Sanctuary Swala Camp offers an ultra-exclusive safari experience. With only 12 luxury tented rooms, all overlooking waterholes, you don’t even have to venture out into the bush to spot wildlife. You can even watch the wildlife go about their daily business from your private verandah.
Why We Love it
- It’s very secluded and located in the wildlife-richTarangire National Park
- Enjoy up-close sightings of the resident elephant herd walking through the camp
- All the tented rooms overlook a waterhole for wildlife sightings from your room
- Various activities, from day and night game drives and bushwalking excursions
Get Ready to Explore East Africa in 2024
Why would you trust anyone other than the very best to plan your East African safari in 2024? Well, Rhino Africa is the world’s most awarded safari company. With first-hand knowledge of everything we recommend and plan for you in your tailor-made itinerary, you can rest assured that you’re in for a real treat!
Contact our African Travel Experts now, and let’s create the East African safari itinerary of your dreams!
Choosing Okavango Delta safari lodges and camps for your Botswana safari can seem like a mammoth task. With a baffling array of wildlife, birdlife, and landscapes, Botswana is among Africa’s most exclusive and wild safari destinations. One of its crown jewels is the Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This remoteness can make it tricky to decide on the best accommodation options as they can be located far from one another, can only be reached by boat or air, and you have so many excellent ones to choose from. As the world’s most awarded safari company, it’s our business to know everything about the African continent’s best safari destinations.
We use first-hand knowledge and African expertise to create a tailored itinerary according to your wish list. Mokoro safari? Check. Champagne breakfast on an island? Check. Wellness spa? Check! Whatever you want to do and see, we know just the place! So, to inspire your Botswana holiday, here are our top Okavango Delta safari lodges for 2024.
1. Little Mombo Camp
Accommodation type: Three luxury tents
Little Mombo Camp is an intimate and luxurious safari camp on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta. With just four sprawling suites shaded by ancient jackalberry and sausage trees, it overlooks the legendary Mombo Concession, known as the “Place of Plenty”.
You feel like royalty at the camp, however, the wildlife experience is humbling. Herds of elephants pass through the camp on their ancient foray paths. And when out on safari, you’ll seek out the resident rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, hyena, wild dog, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and the full range of antelope and general plains game.
Little Mombo has honeymoon written all over it because it’s one of the most romantic Okavango Delta safari lodges out there. The suites are far apart for the utmost privacy, complete with outdoor showers and shaded day-bed swings. It’s also ideal for a celebration with your close friends and family.
What Makes Little Mombo Special?
- Very private, with only three luxury tents
- Plenty to do, from watching animals in the nearby hide to taking to the skies in a helicopter
- Raised wooden walkway and deck with boma to admire the wildlife passing by
- Located in the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve
Perfect for: A romantic getaway
2. Duba Plains Camp
Accommodation type: Five suites
Duba Plains Camp is so far into the Okavango Delta that you can only get there by light aircraft. This ultra-luxury safari camp features classic Delta architecture with huge tented suites on elevated decks beneath a dense canopy of trees.
Your view from everywhere and in every direction is of the wide-open plains and seasonal delta channels. Despite all this lavish luxury, you’re actually in a wildlife zone made famous by the National Geography documentary “Relentless Enemies”, about feuding lion and buffalo filmed here.
Duba Plains is a great family camp with dedicated safari activities for children. But with just five suites, it’s not exactly going to be noisy, so couples and honeymooners alike will enjoy the exceptional game viewing in a peaceful setting.
What Makes Duba Plains Special?
- Exclusive luxury safari camp in the northern Okavango Delta
- Child-friendly safari activities to keep little ones busy
- Full range of activities, including day and night game drives and water safaris
- Exceptional game viewing with lion, buffalo, elephant, hippo, hyena, giraffe and many species of plains game
Perfect for: Families or small groups of friends
3. Linyanti Bush Camp
Accommodation type: Six luxury tents
Linyanti Bush Camp, located between the Okavango Delta and Chobe, is surrounded by the wildlife-dense Linyanti Concession.
With a maximum of 12 guests at a time, you can enjoy personal attention and the utmost in safari luxury. But this is not the all-singing, all-dancing bells-and-whistles type of safari lodge; it’s more the light-footed, pared-down authentic safari camp in its uber-pristine position.
With its focus on safari activities and game viewing, Linyanti Bush Camp is for the dedicated safari enthusiast who wants to get out there and experience Africa. Children are welcome but must be seven years or older for safety reasons.
What Makes Linyanti Bush Camp Special?
- Exclusive safari camp in the Linyanti Wetlands
- Close to Chobe National Park for easy access
- Full range of safari activities, including game drives, boating, helicopter and walking safaris
- Fantastic game viewing with elephants, predators, plains game and rarer species like sable, roan, red lechwe, sitatunga and African wild dog
Perfect for: Safari enthusiasts and purists
4. Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
Accommodation type: Nine tented suites
With classic tented suites featuring a contemporary style, Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp is a small, relaxed and thoroughly luxurious safari camp. Situated in its own private concession in the northern reaches of the Okavango Delta, your safari experience is guaranteed to be life-changing.
Shaded by giant ebony trees on the edge of a lagoon, your palatial suite celebrates its view of the Delta from the extensive verandah, bedroom and even your bathroom. Yet this magnificence pales to the safari experience. Game drives, mokoro water adventures, walking safaris, helicopter flights, and community and eco-tours provide a 360-degree African safari experience.
A great all-rounder, Nxabega Tented Camp is ideal for everyone from honeymooners and couples to small groups and families. Children of all ages are welcome and catered for with dedicated children’s safari activities, special meals, and childminders.
What Makes Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp Special?
- Small, luxury safari camp in a private concession within the Okavango Delta
- Full range of safari activities (seasonal), from game drives, walking safaris, water-based safaris, and even admiring the wild from a helicopter
- Amazing Big 5 wildlife safaris and birding with more than 450 species on record
- Expert guides and trackers give you a unique insight into the bush
Perfect for: Anyone from couples to families and small groups of friends
5. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Accommodation Type: 10 bush pavilions and one Geoffrey Kent Suite
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is an elegant timber and thatch construction under a picturesque jackalberry grove overlooking the game-rich Moremi Game Reserve.
Remote? Check. Luxurious? Check. Sensational game viewing experiences? Check, check, check! Add deep philanthropic roots and dedication to conservation, and you get a first-class safari experience with the ultimate luxury.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is somewhere you want to share with that special person in your life. However, the exclusive intimacy of the camp also lends itself well to small group celebrations. Children aged six and up are well catered for, making Sanctuary Chief’s Camp a great family retreat as well.
What Makes Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Special?
- A luxury safari lodge with palatial suites, exquisite design and extensive facilities and amenities
- Exceptional game viewing in the famous Mombo Concession of the Okavango Delta
- Full range of safari activities, including game drives, mokoro delta excursions (seasonal), helicopter flights and cultural activities
- Rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure
Perfect for: Couples, families, or small groups
6. Jao Camp
Accommodation Type: Two villas and five suites
Located within its own private concession, Jao Camp borders the Moremi Game Reserve inside the Okavango Delta. Contemporary style and first-class amenities make Jao Camp stand out as something special. Your suite has a plunge pool built into the enormous verandah overlooking the water and floodplains.
Game viewing in this northern section of the Delta is extraordinary, with all species amply represented, from elephants and lions to mongooses and meerkats. Activities include walks, day and night game drives, mokoro safaris, motorboat game viewing, sleepouts, fishing, helicopter flights and an in-house museum.
Another fantastic all-rounder, Jao Camp caters for families with dedicated rangers, activities, meals and edu-tainment. Romantics will love the privacy and seclusion of the luxury suites, and small groups will enjoy the intimacy and personal attention.
What Makes Jao Camp Special?
- One of the most remote Okavango Delta safari lodges as it’s set on an island
- Award-winning architecture and design with enormous villas and sprawling living areas
- Exceptional game viewing area in a private concession with all wildlife in great numbers
- Full range of activities including on land, water, in the air and from your private verandah
Perfect for: Couples, families, or small groups
7. Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Accommodation type: 12 luxury suites
Captivating contemporary design and luxury amenities and facilities make Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge one of the top safari camps in the entire Okavango Delta region. Inside a private concession with exclusive traversing rights, you’re not only in one of the most spectacular Delta safari lodges but also in one of the most spectacular Delta locations.
The full Delta wildlife experience is displayed at Sandibe, including day and night game drives, walking safaris, boating safaris, helicopter safaris and behind-the-scenes sustainability tours. Families and children are welcome, with family suites and young adventurers’ safari activities.
Anywhere in the Delta is the scene of sun-drenched romance and excitement. Sandibe is no exception, so newlyweds and anniversary celebrators will love it here. Families and small groups will enjoy various safari activities that complement luxury living.
What Makes Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge Special?
- Unique lodge designed to look like a giant pangolin at rest
- Customisable safari vehicles to suit your group and occasion
- Plenty of safari activities on land, water and in the sky, including scenic helicopter transfers
- A full spectrum of African wildlife to discover, from as big as elephants to as small as elephant shrews
Perfect for: Families, romantic getaways and honeymoons
8. Xigera Safari Lodge
Accommodation type: 12 tented suites
A pioneering safari lodge in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Xigera Safari Lodge is as much a celebration of African art and design as it celebrates African wildlife and scenery. With 12 tented suites on stilted platforms spread out under a canopy of trees, it offers a very serene atmosphere.
At Xigera Safari Lodge, with your deeply knowledgeable and committed safari guides, your Okavango Delta game viewing experience will be exceptional. Activities include game drives, mokoro trips, nature walks, helicopter flights, bush dinners, stargazing, story-telling, sleepouts in the baobab treehouse and art tours. With a family suite, children of 12 years and older are welcome.
Safari, wildlife and nature enthusiasts, as well as photographers, will love the variety of activities and experiences. This camp will also appeal to couples looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
What Makes Xigera Safari Lodge Special?
- Impressive variety of additional safari activities, including helicopter safaris, photography safaris, and many more
- Extensive spa programme focused on wellness, mindfulness and holistic healing
- 12 tented suites individually decorated and furnished
- The opportunity to sleep under the stars in the Baobab Treehouse
Perfect for: Multi-generational safari travellers, wildlife photographers and couples
9. Zarafa Camp
Accommodation type: Four suites
Another luxury safari lodge not precisely in the Delta but offering a Delta experience, Zarafa Camp is a classic Botswana safari camp with game viewing – particularly predators – at its heart and soul. In a huge private concession and right on Zibadianja Lagoon, the Savuti Channel source, Zarafa Camp, links the Delta with the Linyanti waterways, and the game viewing here is legendary.
Built from reclaimed materials, Zarafa Camp is pure luxury and privacy. Every detail tells a story, from the Zanzibar doors to the copper baths and railway sleeper decking around your private suite.
Wildlife and photography enthusiasts, especially if you’re interested in predators and large game, will enjoy the frequent sightings and flexible safari schedule. Zarafa Camp is a great family lodge with dedicated young explorers’ safari activities and entertainment.
What Makes Zarafa Camp Special?
- Fantastic game viewing, especially predators and rare plains game
- Flexible safari activities, including walks, hides, night drives and boating
- Private 130,000ha game reserve straddling Linyanti Wetlands and Okavango Delta and built on the edge of the Zibadianja Lagoon
- Enormous private suites and extensive eco-conscious and sustainability credentials
Perfect for: Wildlife and photography enthusiasts and families
10. Khwai River Lodge
Accommodation type: 14 luxury tents and one private suite
The Khwai River is a permanent channel in the Okavango Delta, and the Khwai River Lodge, a community-owned safari camp, has incredible views of the river and its Moremi Game Reserve backdrop.
Khwai River Lodge has large thatched suites with private verandahs and delightful semi-open bathrooms. Safari activities include day and night game drives with plenty of predator action, walking safaris, boating, birding, bush dinners, village visits and instructional stargazing.
Couples looking for romance in the African wild should head straight for the private suite with its own heated splash pool and private dining. The wildlife experience is consistently excellent, making Khwai River Lodge a good option for general game viewing and photography.
What Makes Khwai River Lodge Special?
- Community-owned luxury safari lodge on a permanent water source inside the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve
- Large, comfortable suites (and air-conditioned!) on elevated platforms with private verandas
- Exceptional game viewing with lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, buffalo and the entire cast of Delta plains game making frequent appearances
- A long list of activities, including alfresco spa treatments, game drives, walking safaris, stargazing, bird-watching, and more
Perfect for: Romantic holidays
11. Shinde Camp
Accommodation type: Eight large safari-style tents
Shinde Camp was one of the first camps in the Okavango Delta and was later rebuilt in 2020. With a unique “treehouse-style” construction, guests are guaranteed an authentic safari experience and picturesque views of the waterways. The interior combines ultimate luxury and historic charm, creating an elegant, warm “Out of Africa” ambience.
Each of the spacious suites is equipped with everything you need, from indoor and outdoor showers to yoga mats. Families with children seven years and older can enjoy a custom two-bedroom family tent which accommodates up to five people.
Located in a private concession and on the permanent Shinde Lagoon, guests can enjoy an exciting mix of year-round land- and water-based activities to discover the Delta’s diverse ecosystem. Opt for morning, afternoon, and evening game drives, glide on the waterways of the Delta in a mokoro, go on a guided walk adventure, or even fish between March and December!
What Makes Shinde Camp Special?
- The camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests
- Experience the incredible bird, plant, and reptile species calling the Okavango Delta home
- Because this camp is located on a private concession, guests can enjoy guided walks, Mokoro excursions and night drives, as well as game drives and motorboat trips year-round
- The Botswana Tourism Board has awarded Shinde Camp a five-star status
Perfect for: Families and safari enthusiasts looking for diverse experiences
12. Gomoti Plains Camp
Accommodation type: Eight luxury tents and two family tents
Nestled beneath mature acacia trees on the Gomoti River in the Okavango Delta, Gomoti Plains Camp offers a tranquil and romantic safari experience. Each of the spacious tents is tastefully furnished with wooden decks to drink in the picturesque views of the floodplains. Guests enjoy pre-dinner drinks around the campfire and dine under the stars.
The exclusive area is known for its rich wildlife and bird species concentration. Gomoti Plains is a well-kept secret cherished by guides, locals, and travellers. You can look forward to exploring the riverways on a motorboat or mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) or experience nature on a walking safari. There is a good chance to spot larger predators, elephants, and buffalos.
What makes Gomoti Plains Camp Special?
- An all-inclusive gourmet dining experience
- Get up close and personal with the environment on walking safaris led by expert guides
- Located in the centre of the Okavango Delta, Gomoti Plains Camp is teeming with wildlife
- Relish in cuisine that is the perfect combination and balance between local flavours and good old-fashioned home-style cooking
Perfect for: Families and couples looking for a romantic getaway
Ready to Book Your Okavango Delta Safari Lodges?
Are you feeling inspired to visit the Okavango Delta for an exclusive, luxury African safari? Contact us today, and your dedicated Travel Expert will recommend the top Okavango Delta safari lodges and design the perfect Botswana safari itinerary for you.
Let’s start planning!
Featured Image Credit: Xigera Safari Lodge
Cruise insiders have seen a rise in demand for a host of sailings to destinations including bucket-list worthy holidays in Florida, Canada and Alaska and even the Arctic
Cruise holidays are continuing to be a firm favourite with Brits as more UK holidaymakers are expected to have gone on a sailing in 2023 than ever before