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Splash Camp
Splash Camp
Splash Camp

Splash Camp: Our full report

The smart Splash Camp, opened in June 2018, is located in a prime game-viewing area of Botswana’s Okavango ...

... Delta, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. The whole camp affords great views over a large pan, which attracts game all year round.

We have visited Splash Camp several times since it’s opening, and on our most recent trip in April 2024 we found it still excellent. Located within the private Kwara Reserve, it has a number of other high-end sister camps in northern Botswana, including Lebala Camp and Lagoon Camp and Kwara Camp.

Splash Camp itself has 12 tented rooms, two of them spacious family suites. All are raised on decking with views through glazed windows and from their private verandas over the pan in front of camp. The style is contemporary, with plenty of wood cladding, twin or king-size beds, a small seating area, and smart bathrooms. All rooms have indoor and outdoor showers, a fan, a safe and battery-charging outlet, and WiFi is being installed in the rooms only.

Four of the rooms form part of the Splash Enclave, which is designed for groups of 4–12 guests looking for a more intimate safari experience. This has its own communal area complete with a plunge pool, dining area, lounge and bar.

A sandy pathway links the rooms to the hub of the camp, a light, open-sided area which houses the main lounge, dining area, bar and a plunge pool. There is also a small curio shop.

Activities at Splash Camp, in the hands of knowledgeable guides and trackers, combine day and night game drives and nature walks, as well as mokoro and boating activities, depending on water levels. From August to December, there are also excursions to nearby heronries, which can be reached along the main boating channel.

While we’ve often had very good sightings from Splash camp, during our January 2024 visit we had a fascinating wild dog experience at Splash. Finding fresh wild dog tracks we had a lot of fun with our guide and tracker, who worked fantastically as a team. We followed the trail and came across a large crocodile that was feeding on a freshly killed lechwe, no doubt having incorrectly sought shelter in the waters. Further down the trail, we found the dogs having quite a comedic roll in the reeds. What a morning! Our guide was exceptional at reading where they were heading and made sure we were well-placed to take pictures.

In April 2024 we had more time with the wild dogs, including a very pregnant alpha female, plus a younger female leopard showing off her hunting skills for us. On previous trips we’ve also enjoyed some very relaxed aardwolf sightings.

Water-based activities have, in the past, provided just as much interest from a wildlife perspective. A motorboat safari on a January trip produced no less than three sightings of the normally shy sitatunga. We also had some unexpected views of the notoriously skittish African green pigeon during the last two visits.


Our view

Splash Camp offers a superb all-round safari experience. Due to the variety of eco-systems in this area, wildlife viewing in general is excellent. While the guiding is also excellent, the guides do focus quite heavily on sighting big predators, sometimes to the exclusion of smaller, more esoteric wildlife. The camp's "digital detox" policy is great if you come to immerse yourself in the bush experience, but be prepared to cut your communications off from the outside world for the duration of your stay.

Amanda Bond

Amanda Bond

Botswana expert

Geographics

Location
Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
Ideal length of stay
We would suggest a stay of three nights at Splash Camp. It works well in combination with its sister camps, Lagoon Camp or Lebala Camp, in northern Botswana's Linyanti region within the extensive Kwando Reserve; and Nxai Pan and Tau Pan, in the drier reaches of the Kalahari to the south.

Do note that if you combine time at Splash Camp with Lebala, Lagoon, Tau Pan or Nxai Pan for a total of six or more nights, we are able to offer a discounted long-stay rate.
Directions
Access is by light aircraft to Kwara Airstrip, which is a 30-minute flight from Maun. It is then a 45-minute drive from the airstrip to the camp.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Food quality
On our most recent visit, in April 2024, the food was fresh, tasty and plentiful. The kitchen can comfortably cater to vegetarian requests, with other dietary requirements possible with advance notice.

Breakfast was a selection of muffins, yoghurts, maize porridge and cereals with tea or coffee. This was taken around the campfire before the morning activity.

Brunch is served when you return from your morning activity. We did not arrive in time for brunch on this trip, but on a previous visit our team had a delicious pork-noodle dish (there was also a pork-free version) with a fresh green salad, a carrot and beetroot salad and fresh bread. Dessert was fresh fruit salad.

The timing of dinner depends on the time that you return from your activity. We enjoyed a light coconut and lentil soup for starters, then could choose from a delicious vegetable curry, roasted lamb or grilled hake, along with steamed broccoli, mixed vegetables and roasted sweet potato. For dessert was a slightly underwhelming lemon pudding with whipped cream.
Dining style
Mixture of group dining and individual tables
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included
Local drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, are included. Imported and premium drinks such as champagne are extra, and advance notice is needed if these are required. Filtered drinking water is always available.

Special interests

Family holidays
The exclusive use Splash Enclave has its own private main area including a pool and no age restrictions making it a fantastic option for a family visiting Botswana.
See ideas for Family holidays in Botswana
Private villas & houses
For small groups or families of six or more people the exclusive use Splash Enclave acts as a camp within a camp complete with it own plunge pool, dining area, lounge, bar and private activities is the perfect way to enjoy the Delta in privacy.
See ideas for Private villas & houses in Botswana

Children

Attitude towards children
Splash Camp has a positive approach to children on safari and welcomes children aged six and over. Children younger than six may be accepted, but only if the entire camp is reserved for exclusive use.

Property’s age restrictions
Minimum age 6 years. Families with children aged 6–12 years are required to book a private vehicle on game drives; depending on the size of the group, there may be an additional charge for this.
Special activities & services
The camp will be as flexible as possible with children's mealtimes and will prepare favourites such as spaghetti bolognese for children.
Equipment
Splash Camp has two family chalets, each with two interleading rooms – a double and a twin. There is no special equipment is available.
Generally recommended for children
We recommend Splash Camp for older children who are genuinely interested in wildlife.
Notes
Splash is unfenced, and dangerous wildlife, including lion and leopard, can wander through the camp at any time. There is no fence around the pool. Thus, all children will need to be constantly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Splash Camp

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Splash 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.

Elephant

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Giraffe

99% success

Wildebeest

99% success

Hippo

97% success

Lion

94% success

Cheetah

89% success

Buffalo

85% success

Wild dog

84% success

Spotted Hyena

67% success

Leopard

59% success

Roan antelope

34% success

Sable antelope

31% success

Sitatunga

27% success

White Rhino

2% success

Aardvark

2% success

Black Rhino

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
There is a back-up generator. Battery-charging facilities are available in each room.
Communications
WiFi is in the process of being installed and will be in the guest rooms only. There is no cellphone signal.
TV & radio
None
Water supply
Other
Water supply notes
All the tents have plumbed hot and cold running water for showers as well as flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
Camp managers are first-aid trained and a first-aid kit is kept at camp. In an emergency, the camp can arrange for clients to be flown out. 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.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Security measures
The camp is unfenced, and dangerous wildlife is known to move through, so guests are escorted to their rooms after dark. A safety talk is given on arrival. “Foghorns” are provided in the chalets to attract attention in case of an emergency.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers in the common areas of the camp and in each room.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Fishing

    Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

    Helicopter

  • Mokoro

    Mokoro

  • Night drive

    Night drive

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
Included
Money
Each chalet has a safe
Accepted payment on location
Mastercard and Visa are accepted, but not Amex. Cash payments may be made in US dollars, British pounds, euros, Botswana pula and South African rand.

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