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Splash Camp
Splash Camp
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.

Our November 2019 visit was our second to the camp, and once again we found it to be excellent. Located within the private Kwara Reserve, it is a sister camp to a number of other high-end 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.

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, 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.

On one trip to Splash, we had a lot of fun with our guide and tracker, who worked fantastically as a team. Having seen a female leopard and a very relaxed aardwolf relaxing at its den on our first drive, on the second we opted to go in search of wild dogs that had just passed through camp. What a morning! Our guide was exceptional at reading where they were heading, and made sure we were well placed to take pictures. General game was also fantastic, with plenty of giraffe, zebra and elephants to be seen.

More recently, our motorboat safari produced no less than three sightings of the normally shy sitatunga. We also had some unexpected views of the notoriously skittish African green pigeon.


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, so this is something to think about when choosing the camp.

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Botswana expert

Geographics

Location
Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
Ideal length of stay
Three nights.
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 November 2019, the food was fresh, tasty and plentiful.

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 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 Mexican-inspired soup for starters. For main course there was a delicious vegetable curry, a tasty lemon chicken dish and steamed butternut and broccoli. For dessert we had an apple and cinnamon strudel.

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.
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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.
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Children

Attitude towards children
Splash Camp has a positive approach to children on safari and welcomes children aged six and over. Depending on the size of the family group, there may be an additional charge for this vehicle.

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.
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, but 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 their parents.

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

Giraffe

100% success

Lion

100% success

Wildebeest

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Cheetah

97% success

Hippo

97% success

Buffalo

92% success

Wild dog

91% success

Spotted Hyena

65% success

Leopard

53% success

Roan antelope

43% success

Sable antelope

38% success

Sitatunga

22% success

Aardvark

0% success

Black Rhino

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

White Rhino

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
Back-up generator. Battery-charging facilities are available in each room.
Communications
No WiFi or 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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