The Okavango Delta
A scenic hour and a half drive from Botswana’s tourism capitol Maun towards the Eastern Okavango, Shangana Safaris base “Lazy River” looks out over hippo filled lagoons on the Santantadibe river. Our simplistic brand of barefoot luxury will ensure that you feel at home from the moment you arrive. On arrival our guide will take you on a walk to familiarize you with your new surroundings.
Situated close to 3 mokoro “stations” we are well positioned for you to access various parts of the delta with a guide. Whether your wish is to go out for a few hours or a few days we can arrange your excursion through the community run mokoro trust.
Our comfortable Island base is the perfect place to spend days of relaxation between mokoro trips and Okavango safaris. The main area has a basic but fully equipped self catering kitchen and dining room. We have a combination of campsites, self drive sites and furnished tents.
We are 2kms outside the boundary of the wildlife areas of the Okavango. However this Island Hideaway enjoys a stunning vantage over classic Okavango landscapes.
Our view is often visited by herds of Elephants. The very vocal resident hippos are always sure to make their presence known.
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“Thank you Helene and David, for the magical space you have created at Lazy River.
I feel very fortunate to have recently spent two peaceful nights camping on the edge of the hippo-filled lagoon. Lazy River is a balm for the soul.
The journey out there alone is magical, crossing the matrix of streams, floodplains and islands across a network of sand tracks and creaking pole bridges.
What I loved most about the camp is the combination of simplicity and comfort – and the way the camp blends into the environment, making one feel part of nature.
A hot shower and flush loo to take the edge off bush camping, levelled tent-stands, secret benches tucked into hidden spots for that early morning coffee while bird-watching, starlight, the grunts of hippos and far-off calls of lions and elephants – all these factors made for the most relaxing, restoring break.
I’ll be back!”
-Lin (July 2021)
“Lazy River is a low-hanging fruit in terms of visiting the Okavango. The island is not very far from Maun, some 1.5 hours drive. A visit does not need national park/game reserve permits – just a booking with Dave & Helene. And prices are affordable…You really need a 4wd to get there, though.
The camp itself is a pretty tranquil place. Chilled is a good adjective to describe it. Very nice facilities – basic, but very “climatic”, aesthetic, down to earth. You feel very close to the sticky, prickly bush all the time, but there is no need to suffer.
The camp offers this rather interesting feel of interactions between man and nature. Yes, there are hippos and elephants passing by and lions roaring at night. But you can also hear cattle bells, and the camp shares the island with a small agricultural project. So it is not your “colonial safari experience”, it is a more modern, “woke” experience of much more “real” nature.
We spent a wonderful weekend there, and we will come back for more…“
-Piotr (July 2021)