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Lagoon Camp

Lagoon Camp

Lagoon Camp along with its sister camp, Lebala, are the only two camps to share the vast Kwando Concession in Botswana. Kwando is currently the largest private wildlife reserve in Botswana, covering nearly 900 square miles of unfenced wilderness in the far north of the country. Lagoon Camp is perfectly situated under shady trees on the banks of the Kwando River. The terrain in this region features both lush riverine forest and open plains. Forming the border between the reserve and the Mudumu National Park in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, the Kwando River attracts big game in surprising concentrations, especially during the dry months in Botswana (from May to October).

Lagoon Camp was renovated in 2011, and accommodation is in eight spacious thatched chalets and one family unit. The chalets have stretched canvas walls and are set on timber platforms. This slight elevation adds enormously to the views of the river where the elephant often come to drink and bathe. The units are well appointed with neutral and updated décor, pleasant furniture, and nice touches such as leather seats, a coffee table, and writing desk. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and luxurious with two hand basins, a deep bathtub, an indoor shower, and a separate flushing toilet. The family chalet consists of a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a second bedroom accessed through a wooden door off the main bedroom.

The main area at Lagoon Camp is spacious giving visitors many options for relaxation. It encompasses an open-sided dining room, a bar, a lounge, and a swimming pool. All of these are linked by timber walkways, and just a few steps away is the campfire in a sandy clearing. Ablaze in the mornings and evenings, the fire welcomes guests to relax, contemplate the day’s experiences, and make new friends.

The surrounding terrain is deeply forested and home to a wide variety of birds and mammals. Elephant and hippo are frequently visible from the camp and spotted-necked otters are often seen performing in the water.

Depending on the planned activities, most days begin with a light breakfast, and larger brunch usually follow the morning game drive. Afternoon tea is served before the afternoon activities, and finally a delicious dinner is enjoyed after dark.

Game viewing from the camp decks is surprisingly good. Seasonal herds of elephant and buffalo converge on nearby riverbanks, and a pack of wild dog regularly den close to the camp. But daily and nightly game drives into the bush provide the best animal encounters. For a unique perspective on the environment, guests can also cruise the river in traditional dug-out canoes called “mokoro.” Nature walks and fishing on the river are also encouraged.

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