Settle into the rhythm of the Okavango with a stay at Oddballs’ Enclave - rustic, wild and charming. Experience the environment slowly and in detail on foot and in expertly guided mokoros.
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Developed as an extension of the historic Oddballs’ Camp, which was one of the first tourist camps in the Okavango Delta, Oddballs’ Enclave is a comfortable upgrade from the dome tents of its sister camp, Here, you will find just five Meru-style tents on raised decks, catering for a maximum of 10 guests at a time.
Oddballs’ Enclave offers a classic Delta experience, and the activities revolve around the ebb and flow of the surrounding waterways. Guests will have their own local, experienced guide throughout their stay as they explore the channels by Mokoro and the numerous islands on foot.
The camp is deep in the Delta, situated on a small island, which is just off the southwestern edge of Chief’s Island - famous for having some of the best game viewing in Botswana, if not in Africa. Each safari tent has its own raised deck, and during our last stay, we had one of the most memorable elephant sightings anywhere in Africa, as a bull elephant slowly made his way closer and closer to our deck, we held our nerve (along with our gin and tonics) as he ambled passed, grabbing some of the vegetation next to us with an outstretched trunk.
Oddballs’ Enclave is not a camp to visit for tearing around in a jeep after predator sightings but a place to let the action unfold before you and revel in the peace and tranquillity that is what the Okavango is all about.
This is a small camp, and it really feels as though it isn’t imposing on the stunning environment surrounding it, which we love.
The main area consists of a cosy central deck which has plenty of seating options for relaxing and taking in the views; there is a semi-open dining area to one side and a lounge to the other. The lodge is full of character and fun details, such as the hanging seats made from half a traditional wooden mokoro, which are no longer in use in favour of tree-saving fibreglass models.
The tents themselves have everything that you need but aren’t over the top, and it is fair to say that they are on the more basic side of the tented camps that you will find in Botswana. However, we think they are just the perfect blend of comfort and adventure. Each Meru-style tent is raised off the ground on elevated wooden decks, giving you lovely views to appreciate from the private deck and accompanying directors’ chairs. Inside there are double or twin beds, a hanging rack, a lockable chest and various lamps. The outside bathroom is brilliant, especially the open-air shower giving you the chance to soak up the views, even from here.
The facilities at Oddballs’ Enclave include five twin or double Meru, beautiful views and access to walking and mokoro safaris in the Okavango Delta.
All food and most drinks are included during a stay at Oddballs’ Enclave, given the intimacy of the camp this is normally done as a group, but naturally, private dining can also be requested.
This small camp is exclusively powered by solar panels, and where possible, even the water is heated using the power of the sun. The camp has also been very active in the local Sedibana village, which is around 30-45 minutes away. For over 30 years, the camp has provided nursing care, veterinary assistance, local development and transport to the villagers, and many of the staff at the camp come from this local community. Some have been with the company for more than two decades.