Oddballs' Camp

Oddballs' Camp

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#14 of 43 campsites in Okavango Delta
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Chief's Island Botswana
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Helen L wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent.
pls be aware ots a camp, in tents. there is some warmed brown water to quickly shower with and a single light per tent
but as long as you know that your camping before booking (im not sure every reviewer did!) its amazing!

family tents are still a walkway away would be my only gripe as a family of 2a 2 c we have preferred us all in one tent.

Food was excellent! seriously im picky and i ate seconds every meal.
Kids were cooked for separately plain rice/pasta available for little tastes.
A family had a toddler who was given milk and bananas whenever the staff saw him.
guides are friendly
the walks were easy and the schedule very flexible ( i found i coulsnt do the pm walks in the heat so other activities were arranged)

and of course the animals....in the camp..not near I mean IN the camp we had giraffe and elephants. The hippos are omnipresent and loud at night but didnt come near camp.

cold at night but beds were warm enough.

as bush walking try to take dark/muted coloured clothing

drinks charged at bar prices, soda/juice was around $2aud.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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LTW_traveller wrote a review Jul 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I and four other adult family members stayed at Oddballs in late May 2022. Accommodation was fairly basic but comfortable: spacious tents on platforms with decks/verandahs and raised, comfortable beds, as well as adjoining toilet and bucket shower (solar heated water to take the chill off). Opposite our tent was a colony of somewhat noisy hippos camped out on an island, which argued noisily among themselves all night but added to the charm of our environment.

Meals and service were excellent, with communal dining with the few other guests who were there with us at the time.

On our first evening at Oddballs, we were taken for a Mokoro ride by our guides, Ambusha, Life and Richman, who were all very friendly and competent. (Note: there can be lots of mosquitoes on these rides because of all of the water, so wear repellant). The following day, we did a morning walking safari and evening visit to the nearby village, where we were offered local crafts to buy at a market that it seems was set up especially for our visit. We were flown out to Kasane early on the morning after out second night, so there was unfortunately no opportunity to so a tour on that morning.

Wildlife spotting was most rewarding from the camp: besides the hippos, we saw giraffes on the opposite side of the lake, and elephants came pretty close to drink on the first afternoon. Unfortunately, we didn't see much besides smaller ungulates (impalas etc.) on our actual safari outings (mokoro or walking), other than a crocodile in the distance, and a few buffalo, also at a distance. We weren't able to see any big cats, but could hear lions at night.

All in all, a good experience for our first time in the Delta.
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Date of stay: May 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kristin H wrote a review Jul 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oddballs is in my top two favorite places on the planet, period. I made a return trip there in June of 22 with my husband after traveling there solo in 2019. Oddballs’ attention to every detail makes this a very special place - super comfortable tents with the night noises playing constantly, beyond-fantastic food, Delta “champagne” with no plastic water bottles, and a setting that can’t be beat - perched right on the water with constant wildlife activity. The walking and mekoro safaris are a very nice and low impact way to see the bush and unwinding at the end of the day in front of the fire is exquisite. The guides are knowledgeable and attentive, and I felt safer walking in the Botswana bush with our guide, Fish, than I do walking in many US cities. BK was my guide in 2019, and he was equally wonderful. KT and the other managers are top notch, and the staff is the best. What a beautiful gem in the Okavango Delta, and I can’t wait to get back!
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All tents are fantastic!
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Oli_Tro wrote a review Jul 2022
Carshalton, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I took a tour of the Okavango Delta in May, 2022 as part a group of five of us and found Oddballs an interesting place. Being at the edge of the swamp (especially having the convenience of seeing wildlife from the camp and from the patio of my tent in particular, going about their regular routine in the natural surroundings) offered a special feeling.
The meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner were well prepared and tasty, the dinner in particular, in the relatively quiet atmosphere with only the sounds of the wildlife in the background.
The sounds of lions roaring in the night relatively close to the camp and hippos announcing their presence was also a lovely experience.
Our main safari guide was Ambusha and he was very personable, polite and most importantly, very knowledgeable about wildlife-(quite possibly one of the most knowledgeable we’ve had so far in all the African safaris we’ve done so far; albeit, being a walking safari, we didn’t get to see as much wildlife as we would have liked as understandably, there’s only so much territory one can cover on foot or by mokoro (punted canoe). The two guides we had were Richman and Life who were also very accommodating and polite.
All in all, a pleasant and enchanting experience.
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Date of stay: May 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Lambrina wrote a review Aug 2022
Weinstadt, Germany
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a great experience, we were traveling with two young kids and we always felt very comfortable there. Our guides Fish and Jeremiah were great and we had the most wonderful mokoro trip and sightings lions. We also enjoyed very much the breakfasts and lunches sitting all together.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Charlotte P wrote a review Aug 2022
Godalming, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place, wonderful location on the banks of one of the main channels, rustic camping on elevated platforms with great views of the water. Lovely community of staff and guests. Special thanks to Anti and Chief for the super guiding in traditional wooden Mokorus and for keeping us safe in long walks in the bush and to Monks and KT for looking after us so well in the camp. No Wi-Fi or 3G meant it was a proper disconnect and we left feeling so relaxed and in wonder at the beauty of the Delta. Also special mention for the great food, super breakfasts, light lunches and delicious dinners.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: central charging point so bring a portable battery pack if you want to charge anything in tent....
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dorischristina2015 wrote a review Aug 2022
Hamburg, Germany
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The camp is right across from Chiefs Island which is the entry to Moremi Game Reserve. They offer basic accommodation in tents but with a bucket shower and ordinary toilet to be shared between two tents.
The ride in the mokoro is really an experience as is slowly glides through the water and you pass elephants, water buffalos, hippos and crocodiles. The guide was amazing and came from the village just down the river. The cooks were amazing and did everything to make eating a special experience (thanks for the nice messages in the butter!)
The only problem was an elephant which probably was in musth and tried to dismantle our tent one night which after some time made us flee onto the viewing platform where we spent about an hour until he stopped roaming around and left the camp.
Unfortunately there was no one at the camp except for the camp manager who was sleeping at the other end of the camp and whose tent was totally destroyed by the elephant.
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Date of stay: June 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The tents facing the river have the best view
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Gordon E wrote a review Aug 2022
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were very warmly received by camp manager Katy and staff and ushered to our very comfortable glamping accommodation. Soon I was on the water in a traditional Mokoro with my very friendly knowledgeable guide Junior. Apart from numerous birds including two sea eagles sightings of hippos and a huge elephant, and several antelopes followed.
Sadly our planned three day trip was cut short as that night my wife suffered severe bouts of coughing, sore throat and headaches. I approached the overall camp manger Monks and asked for his help. He immediately set about organizing an evacuation by the Okavango Health Care Air service and later that day we were helicoptered to Maun. The concern expressed by all staff about my wife's welfare was touching and the help we received to evacuate her totally professional and effective. Thanks to all. It later transpired that my wife had severe flu and a very bad streptococcal throat infection.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Hannah K wrote a review Jun 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had the most amazing time at Oddball's! I had planned a solo trip but at last minute a friend joined me. Though I was nervous to go alone, I know now that I would have been absolutely fine as a solo woman at Oddball's. I booked withe Lelobu safari and they made my trip out to the camp very smooth. The accommodations at Oddball's were superb (large structured tents but with very warm, soft bedding for the cold nights), the food the best I had in Botswana, and the views unparalleled. We saw the most incredible birds and hippo fights from the top deck, drinking beer and watching the sun go down. The water was low so we did walking tours instead of long Mokoro rides and still saw a lion, impala, kudu, elephants, giraffe, warthogs, hippos and so many birds.

I went for the views but I will return for the staff and guides. Shout out to Lesedi who went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and Cain, our guide who was an unbelievable source of knowledge and made us feel safe stalking a lion in high grass. We were so grateful to learn from him about the flora and fauna as well as his experience growing up in such a beautiful place. Thank you to all at Oddball's! I hope I will be able to return one day.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: If you're going in winter be sure to bring warm clothes as it's quite cold at night.
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Tissa Madawela wrote a review Dec 2022
London, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
During our Safari Holiday in Botswana we spent 2 nights at Odballs' Camp on 1.9.2022 and 2.9.2022. We were a family of 3. It was the best accommodation we had in our 10 day stay in Botswana and Victoria Falls. Facilities were basic but that was the beauty of it. It was an overwhelming time spent with the nature. Camp is set by the Okavango river and you see many birds, Baboons, Elephants, Buffalos, Hippos and even lions quite near to the tents. Food was very good considering that everything has to bring in by air. Manager Keitumetse Gaufiwe was very attentive and helpful. We had wonderful Mokoro rides in the Okavango river and Walking safaris in the adjoining park. We saw many animals in very close proximity. Our guides Moja Ngande and Bakang Yene were exceptionally good. They new everything about the animals and the jungle. It was a memorable stay.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Do not except air conditioning or wifi. You do not need it. It is a comfortable wonderful living...
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Answer from Travel
Washington DC, District of Columbia133 contributions16 helpful votes
Around $10 per guest per day
pichi-puchi asked a question Sept 2018
Girona, Spain455 contributions123 helpful votes
Hi, can I book directly with the lodge or I must go thru an agency? What is the offical website? Thanks.
Answer from 1profi
Auckland Central, New Zealand527 contributions246 helpful votes
Contact a travel agency which is specialized in tours in Africa. They get better prices for you.
348grantd wrote a tip Dec 2023
Sydney, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fabulous place for an authentic delta experience."
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Hannah K wrote a tip Jun 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you're going in winter be sure to bring warm clothes as it's quite cold at night."
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Tissa Madawela wrote a tip Dec 2022
London, United Kingdom61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not except air conditioning or wifi. You do not need it. It is a comfortable wonderful living with the true nature around you."
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Charlotte P wrote a tip Aug 2022
Godalming, United Kingdom150 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"central charging point so bring a portable battery pack if you want to charge anything in tent. also a torch. Good walking shoes and longs"
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dorischristina2015 wrote a tip Aug 2022
Hamburg, Germany65 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The tents facing the river have the best view"
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