Joining their elite portfolio of lodges in Botswana – Pom Pom Camp, Gunn’s Camp, Moremi Crossing, Chobe Safari Lodge, Nata Lodge, and Chobe Bush Lodge – Under One Botswana Sky has recently added Rra Dinare Camp to their Okavango Delta collection. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce this 8-tent canvas and timber retreat overlooking the Gomoti River in a 272 square kilometre private concession adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve. The Delta is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site; a shimmering emerald in the Kalahari sands; and the exclusive location of this new camp offers a glimpse into a secret part of this highly sought after destination.
Rra Dinare means “father buffalo” in the local language, Setswana, which gives a warm and famlilar touch to what we all know to be one of the most iconic species of the Okavango Delta. The location of Rra Dinare Camp is in the southeastern region of the Delta, in a concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. There is a private airstrip, which services this camp and one other in the UOBS portfolio, which offers a short 20-minute flight from Maun and a 1h20 flight from Kasane, making this an easily accessible and ideally located spot to unwind and revitalise in peace and tranquility.
There are 8 tented suites, including 1 family suite, which are expertly constructed on elevated wooden decking, and overlook the Gomoti River and its floodplains beyond. The canvas structures are stylish, yet casual, and offer the key elements of a comfortable and spacious safari tent. Each has an en suite bathroom with a modernised African outdoor shower, a toilet with a view, and a subdivided indoor vanity area, which leads into the bedroom. These tents have the luxurious addition of an extended lounge area, which then leads onto an outdoor viewing deck. And the view is something!
Along the raised wooden walkways, the tents lead to the central guest area, which once again makes the most of the Delta view. There is a wide, open viewing deck, which extends out from the main thatched lounge and offers a circular seating are around a dancing fire, and the floodplains sprawl out towards the horizon for all to see. A second deck stretches out from under that thatched area to reveal a nicely sized swimming pool – a true luxury in Botswana’s summer months! Wandering wildlife present around the camp can be clearly seen from both the pool deck and the boma-style deck, enhancing the element of nature from wherever one may be.
Under Rra Dinare’s central thatched area is a comfortable lounge, a dining room, a bar, and a curio shop. Everything has been simply and creatively contructed from natural wood, while gentle lighting, and ample openness and airiness make each area a comfortable and relaxing place to be.
When it comes to safari activities, guests at Rra Dinare can look forward to day and night game drives in the private concession, which always include refreshing coffee stops and sundowners. One can expect to see all of the Delta’s residents (if you’re lucky!), including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, roan, sable, eland, hyena, warthog, and plenty of wild birdlife. After all, the Delta is one of the best birding destinations in Southern Africa! When the water levels are right, there are guided mokoro excursions on offer and walking safaris on the floodplains, which add some sublime dimensions to the safari experience.
This camp was only opened in June, and we already can’t wait to arrange an Under One Botswana Sky itinerary for our guests looking to explore the best areas of this magnificent country.