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Mankwe Lodge
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Mankwe Lodge


... is located in the Okavango Mababe area of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

Upsides ...

+ private concession area
+ lower cost lodge
+ suitable for overland traffic

This place is a lower cost option in a private concession area to the northeast of the Okavango Delta.

Situated in dry mopane woodland, the camp has open-sided public areas leading out to a small pool and camp-fire area. Guest accommodation is in several traditional safari tents, accessed by ground-level paths, raised up on low decks and with private bathrooms.

It is perhaps best suited to budget overlanders passing along the main safari route between Maun and Kasane.

Activities are focussed on vehicle safari only.

Downsides ...

- unreliable wildlife sightings
- public access areas are exposed to high vehicle traffic
- human settlements around the key marsh areas
- high potential for flood failure some years
- simple facilities
- questionable reliability

This location is not ideal for safari. For most of the year, in order to access the best game-viewing, it is necessary to leave the private concession area and enter the better-watered busy public access areas to the west.

When to visit ...

When it comes to deciding when to visit, this is very much dependent upon your choice of accommodation and the activities which interest you. Please refer to the seasonality sections on the individual lodge pages for detailed information.

Jul/Oct ... is the main dry season, when there is generally good for wildlife viewing out here if the Khwai River is flowing. But it is also the most busy period for overland vehicle traffic, which makes it relatively unattractive.

Nov/Apr ... is perhaps the best time of be out in Mababe, during the green season, when the plains to the east of here play host to the vast numbers of animals migrating out of Okavango and Linyanti in the direction of Nxai and Makgadikgadi to the south-east.

Read more about when to visit this area ...

A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

How we like to include this lodge in trips ...

We are always on the lookout for decent lower cost options in Botswana, where the majority of camps are so very expensive. At one stage we tried very hard to engage properly with the owners of this camp, but ultimately it all came to nothing. A few of our trusted guests volunteered to try it as a lower cost option, but feedback was not great.

If you specifically want to include this lodge in your trip then please talk with one of our expert safari planners.

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