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Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge

Royal Tree Lodge is just fifteen minutes from the center of Maun and is an ideal way to start or end a Botswana safari. Set on a private farm, the lodge feels remote, accessible only by 4x4. The farm is on 400 acres of riverine forest and acacia woodland along the Thamalakane River. It is blessed with an abundance of wildlife and more than 300 bird species.

Royal Tree Lodge has seven spacious Meru-style tents. The décor features neutral tones, African prints, gleaming polished floors, and comfortable twin or double beds. The canvas walls are softened by curtains. The beds have bedside tables and headboards. Ceiling fans are in all the tents and are most welcome here, especially in the hot summer months. En-suite bathrooms are attached to the back of each tent and have a double basin, a bathtub, and a flushing toilet. An outside shower is sufficiently private to be enjoyable.

There are also two thatched honeymoon chalets that have large indoor and outdoor showers and a large sunken bath.

The lodge’s main area is a spacious thatched building with lofty ceilings and exposed timber beams. Its front has large glazed windows that overlook an outside deck. Polished timber floors, rugs, African carvings and masks on the walls, large clay pots, and comfy sofas all go together to make this is a premier destination. Large doors lead to a deck in the shade of Motsentsela trees. This ideal for dining under the stars, and the candle-lit evenings are quite romantic.

While the service and meals at Royal Tree Lodge are first class, it is the activities that guests come here to enjoy. Birdwatching at Royal Tree Lodge is best in the summer months from October to March, as the lodge is on the migration route of many birds. Keen birders will have no trouble noting fifty to seventy species in a day, and it is claimed that the lodge record is 130 species in a single 24-hour period!

Marked trails make walking through the reserve a real pleasure. The trails are perfect for unusual but safe close encounters with wildlife since there are no predators here. There are waterholes for game viewing (provided that you approach quietly), and the hide is the perfect place to sit and take things easy.

Game drives can be arranged within the reserve or along the river. Revel in a full day of adventure in the world famous Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives are the most popular way to observe the wildlife in its natural habitat. Search for the big five as you track lion, buffalo, hippo, elephant, and rhino. Learn about local tribes and the country’s natural beauty lodge's director and personal safari guide who himself was born and raised in Maun and has over forty years of guiding experience and a lifetime of adventure stories.

More unique activities include horseback riding, scenic flights in either a fixed wing or helicopter, and visits to a nearby village where you will be able to see how the locals live and listen to their stories.

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