Pangolin Khwai Camp opens in Botswana
Pangolin Photo Safaris’ new Pangolin Khwai Camp is now open with the first guests enjoying the innovative property offering a luxury stay deep in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Pangolin Khwai Camp sits on the 200,000ha Khwai Private Reserve – one Botswana’s most pristine and well-managed sanctuaries – with the location on one of the Delta’s northern fingers providing easy access to arid northern landscapes as well as bushland dotted with waterholes to the south.
The property, which officially opened on March 1, accommodates 12 people with guests staying in spacious Meru-style tents boasting creature comforts including an ensuite bathroom and private deck framing views across the floodplain.
At the heart of the secluded address is the open-plan lounge providing space to drink, dine and debrief after game drives with guests encouraged to linger between excursions reading, relaxing, or sitting around the campfire chatting with fellow travellers.
This photo-centric camp caters to snappers of all abilities and offers a dedicated area for editing and presentations with plenty of outlets for charging batteries, a screen for sharing images, and a big table where laptops and camera gear can rest while working.
Clients travelling without a camera can use a DSLR body and telephoto lens free of charge with resident photo guides on hand to offer advice on composition, techniques, and post-production editing.
Pangolin Photo Safaris’ director Toby Jermyn says it’s the size of the Khwai Private Reserve that guarantees guests a true wilderness experience.
“The main area we explore from Pangolin Khwai Camp is to the south and is 70,000ha of the most beautiful bushveld in this part of southern Africa,’’ he says.
“To put that into perspective our backyard is bigger than Sabi Sands Game Reserve in neighbouring South Africa and there are three small lodges in the whole area with the management plan dictating only 50 guests can stay inside the boundary at one time meaning we rarely see other vehicles on safari.
“The landscape sustains all the animals you expect in these ecosystems with an abundance of giraffes, buffalos, elephants, antelopes, hippos, leopards, lions, and cheetahs as well as over 500 bird species.
“Our guests explore on game drives during the day and after dark as well as mokoro – a dugout canoe – safaris when water levels allow.”
Pangolin Photo Safaris has a selection of Botswana experiences for those travelling with or without a camera and is celebrating the opening of Pangolin Khwai Camp by waiving the single supplement on stays between April 1 and June 14.