Qorokwe Camp: Our full report
Opened in November 2017, the luxurious yet contemporary Qorokwe Camp stands in a private, wildlife-rich area ...... in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, bordering Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve. The camp has great views over a large lagoon that is fed by the Santandadibe River: classic Delta scenery, with particularly high densities of predators.
Qorokwe shares this extensive private concession with Gomoti Plains Camp and sister camps Stanley’s Camp and Baines’ Camp. Qorokwe and Gomoti Plains share an airstrip, but once you’ve landed, you head off in opposite directions and it’s very seldom that you’ll see each other’s game vehicles. It’s even less likely that you’ll see a vehicle from Stanley’s and Baines’ as they’re much further south and the distance is vast, with rivers and seasonal floodplains between them.
Qorokwe is certainly a luxurious camp, far more contemporary in design than most others in the Delta and very different from the more “traditional tented” safari design. This is evident as soon as you approach the substantial main area: a boxy, mostly open-plan structure of geometric wrought iron and wood. The open sides overlook the lagoon and the woodland beyond, as well as the inviting swimming pool and firepit. During our stay we saw a number of buffalo and elephant in front of camp enjoying water in the permanent lagoon; for a closer look, take advantage of one of the telescopes on the deck that are trained on this area.
Rugs and woven mats add texture and colour to the dark-wood flooring, woven baskets hang from the walls and terracotta pots crowd the corners, combining traditional objects with the modern design. Kick off your shoes and delve into a natural-history book from the comfort of cream sofas or rattan stools, or move to the beautiful central bar crafted from a single plank of wood – or perhaps simply take in the classic Delta landscape from the swing bench.
The infinity pool, down a few steps from the main area, is big enough to do a length or two before chilling on a sunlounger on the deck. There is a large circular firepit here too, jutting out slightly into the reeds at the edge of the lagoon. This makes a lovely spot for drinks before or after dinner accompanied by the chirruping of frogs and against the backdrop of the lodge’s nightlit incarnation.
Sandy pathways covered in bark chips weave through the bush to Qorokwe’s nine suites, which feature the same box design as the main area. Each suite is raised on a platform a few feet off the ground to offer views over the lagoon and bush, with a large wooden deck leading inside to a very spacious open-plan room. All are similarly modern in design, including an even more sizy family suite (which has its own plunge pool), and feature wood-and-steel frames stretched with canvas, floor-to-ceiling mesh windows, and large sliding doors.
The room itself has a lounge area with a sofa and a couple of chairs, with the bed in the centre, draped with a walk-in mosquito net. Storage areas at the back include wardrobes with sliding doors, and a table with a small kettle and coffee plunger. There’s a ceiling fan above the bed, a standing fan next to the desk (which has international plug points and a USB port), and a third standing mist-fan in the lounge. Bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer come as standard. Qorokwe’s 100% solar power seems to allow all these appliances to run efficiently. There’s even WiFi, with a pretty good and reliable connection – although bear in mind that this is the bush!
In the bathroom you’ll find a free-standing bath, his and hers basins, a toilet in a separate room and a large shower with a glass door that you can slide open to create an outdoor shower concept. Each room also comes with a yoga mat and set of dumbbells. Sliding doors in front of the bed access the deck that runs almost the length of the room, set with a couple of large comfortable day beds so you can sit back and take in the surroundings.
The landscape around Qorokwe is diverse, typical of this region of the Okavango Delta, a mix of dry mopane woodland and palm-dotted islands amongst floodplains bisected by seasonal waterways. We’ve always regarded Qorokwe’s sister camps, Chitabe Camp and Chitabe Lediba, as one of the best areas for predator sightings in the Delta, and the area around its southern neighbour, Qorokwe, appears to be equally good. Certainly we have had some fantastic wildlife viewing here during several brief stays, most recently in April 2019, including a pride of eight lions that watched intently from under a bush as a number of young giraffes wandered past. On one occasion, we raced back after hearing news of a cheetah stalking near the lodge, and watched as the female recoverered from hunting an impala while her two cubs were feeding on the kill.
Although the guiding on our various visits was good, we have generally felt that it didn’t quite match the high-quality feel of the lodge. In particular, although our guides knew the area well, they didn’t offer a huge amount of information. Staff, however, were consistently friendly, professional and efficient.
While the activities at Qorokwe focus on exploring on a game-drive vehicle, guided walks - with an armed guide, and mokoro excursions and boat trips on the nearby Santantadibe River may also be possible - depending on water levels.
Back at the lodge, Qorokwe doesn’t have a spa, but their in-house >beauty therapist can offer a number of treatments in the comfort of your room, or on your private deck.
Qorokwe Camp is modern in design – we think it’s stunning, but it may not suit guests who are looking for a more traditional tented, safari camp. The predator sightings in this area seem to be as good as those a little further to the north, and - although the guiding wasn’t outstanding – we were treated to great game viewing (including on one occasion a cheetah kill right outside camp). With delicious food and friendly staff, we rate it very highly for a luxury, Delta camp experience.
- Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
- Ideal length of stay
- We’d recommend a stay of three nights at Qorokwe Camp.
- It is roughly 15 minutes by light aircraft from Maun to Qorokwe airstrip, or 45 minutes from Kasane, depending on where the plane stops on the way, followed by a 45-minute game drive to camp.
- Accessible by
Food & drink
- Usual board basis
- Full Board & Activities
- Food quality
- We’ve found the food at Qorokwe Camp really good during various stays, and it lived up to our high expectations during our most recent trip in March 2019.
Meals are a mixture of either plated or buffet, depending on the number of guests in camp and where you want to eat. They’re incredibly flexible, whether you want to eat in your own room, around the pool or in the comfort of the dining room. With sufficient notice, Qorokwe can cater to vegetarians and other special dietary requirements.
A light breakfast , served before we headed out on our morning activity, offered the choice of yoghurt, cereal, fruit, muffins, pastries, tea and coffee. If you want to sleep in a little later and skip the sit-down breakfast, you can op for “breakfast-on-the-go”. Then, a packed breakfast usually consisting of separate jars of muesli and yoghurt, fruit, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and either muffins or pastries, will be sent in your game vehicle for you to eat “on the go”. You can even take along a “take-away” cappuccino in the vehicle for your drive.
At around 12.00, after the morning activity, there’s normally a more substantial buffet lunch. A large chalkboard displays the daily menu, which for us was beef stirfry, green salad, vegetable quiche and broccoli salad, followed by a platter of fruit and cheese.
For dinner we enjoyed a parsnip and white bean soup, and then had the choice of coq au Riesling or venison fillet with a red-wine jus. Both were accompanied by herb-roasted baby potatoes, spinach and feta lasagne, broccoli and sesame seeds, roast vegetables and goats cheese and a garden salad. Dessert was a poached pear or an almond tart.
- Dining style
- Mixture of group dining and individual tables
- Dining locations
- Indoor and Outdoor Dining
- Further dining info, including room service
- You can’t call the kitchen to place your order, but with advance notice, you can request to have lunch and/or dinner served in your suite.
- Drinks included
- Bottled water, soft drinks, local beers and spirits and a limited selection of (usually) South African red and white wines are included. Champagne and imported wines and spirits will cost extra and may need to be requested in advance.
The tap water is filtered and is safe for washing, showering and cleaning your teeth, but to drink, it is recommended that guests stick to the water specially provided in both the suites and the main area.
- Wildlife safaris
- Situated in a reliably good concession on the south-eastern side of the Okavango Delta, Qorokwe is in one of Botswana’s great wildlife-viewing destinations, particularly in the dry season between July and October when the grasses are lower.
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- Attitude towards children
- Children over the age of six years are welcome at Qorokwe Camp.
- Property’s age restrictions
- For families travelling with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years, private activities must be booked and these will be at an extra cost. Children younger than six may be accepted by special arrangement, and then only if the entire camp is reserved for exclusive use. Note that the minimum age for walking or mokoro activities is 13 years, and participation is at the discretion of the camp manager and guide.
- Special activities & services
- There are no special activities or services for children, but Qorokwe does have a family suite with its own private plunge pool, and the main area has a much bigger swimming pool.
- No special equipment is available.
- Generally recommended for children
- We think that the adult nature and feel of this camp would suit mature children over the age of 12.
- Qorokwe Camp is unfenced and as such dangerous wildlife can move through camp. In addition, the buildings are raised on stilts and the pool is unfenced. Children must therefore be kept under close parental supervision at all times.
Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Qorokwe Camp
Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Qorokwe Camp have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.
- Power supply notes
- There is a back-up generator for emergencies.
- There is no cellphone reception, but Wi-Fi is available in the suites.
- TV & radio
- There is no TV or radio.
- Water supply
- Water supply notes
- All the suites have plumbed hot and cold running water, and flushing toilets.
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended
- Medical care
- Camp managers are trained in first aid. Medical evacuation by air is available in case of emergency, but please note that it is only possible to fly out of camp during daylight hours as the bush airstrips do not have any lighting at night. The nearest doctor is in Maun and there are hospitals in Maun and Johannesburg.
- Dangerous animals
- High Risk
- Security measures
- Guests are escorted to their suites after dark as dangerous wildlife is known to wander through the camp. Radios and “fog horns” are provided in the suites to call for assistance in case of emergency.
- Fire safety
- Each suite has a fire extinguisher.
Guided walking safari
- Disabled access
- On Request
- Laundry facilities
- A full laundry service is included.
- No exchange facilities are offered at Qorokwe Camp. There is a small safe in each suite that can fit travel documents, cash and wallets.
- Accepted payment on location
- Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted, but Diners and Amex are not. Cash in the form of South African rand, GB sterling, US dollars, euros and Botswana pula is accepted.
Other lodges in Okavango Delta Safari Reserves
Alternative places to stay in this same area.
Kwara Camp's private reserve boasts land and water activities year round, with excellent game-viewing opportunities and access to permanent channels of the north-east Okavango Delta.
Little Kwara is an intimate camp offering enthusiastic guiding on both land- and water-based safaris in an area known for good densities of big game.
On a secluded island within a private reserve, Little Vumbura combines superb game viewing with a broad diversity of habitats in a truly picturesque setting.
With experienced staff and a wealth of activities, Shinde offers a traditional safari in an exceptionally varied and wildlife-rich environment.
Chitabe Lediba, in Botswana's southern Okavango Delta, is a small family friendly safari camp; it offers great dry-land safaris and in our experience consistently delivers good game sightings.
Sandibe Safari Lodge
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In a beautiful part of the Delta, Kanana focuses on fantastic water activities and birding – including exclusive access to an impressive heronry.
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Set in the Kwara Reserve, offering superb wildlife viewing year-round, Splash offers both land and water activities led by guides with a particular knack for tracking big game.
Footsteps across the Delta
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Tubu Tree Camp
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Nxabega Tented Camp
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Indulgently stylish and luxurious, Vumbura Plains offers superb game viewing and birding on an exceptionally varied private reserve.
Gomoti Plains Camp
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Jacana Camp is a small safari camp with an informal island feel; it is ideal for water-based activities in the Delta and offers excellent birdwatching.
Deep in the Delta, overlooking a floodplain, Kwetsani Camp is a small, high-end camp with good access to areas for land and water-based activities.
For an affordable yet varied safari encompassing a range of eco-systems, the traditional Mapula Lodge takes a lot of beating.
Duba Plains Camp
Duba Plains Camp is a traditional safari camp, best known for the thrilling lion and buffalo interaction that is often found here in broad daylight.
Baines' Camp is a well-run, intimate camp in a pretty part of the Okavango, offering a range of activities and the option to spend a morning walking with elephants.
In a private concession south of Moremi Game Reserve, Stanley's Camp offers 4WD game drives, seasonal water activities and a superb elephant interaction.
Little Tubu is a new, traditional camp with just three tented chalets and a distinctive tree-house feel. The areas around it can be explored by water and land-based activities year round.
Pom Pom Camp
Pom Pom Camp lies amidst stunning Okavango Delta scenery. Come for idyllic mokoro trips and great birdwatching, and accept that big-game sightings here are a bonus.
Duba Explorers Camp
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Xaranna is a plush tented camp amongst the idyllic waterways and islands of the Delta. Each air-conditioned tent has a plunge pool. Water activities and pampering are the focus here.
Seba Camp is a luxury camp in a lovely location that offers the full range of water and land safari activities, depending on the time of year. This camp is particularly suitable for families.
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Beautifully located in a private concession overlooking the Gomoti River, the traditional Mma Dinare is very well-priced for the Okavango.
Abu Camp is an exclusive safari camp on the western side of the Botswana's Okavango Delta - offering superb elephant-back safaris and opportunities to walk with them too.
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Sitatunga Island Camp
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Eagle Island Lodge
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