also known as Oddballs Palm Island Luxury Camp
, is located in the Okavango Gunns
area of the Okavango Delta
in northern Botswana
Situated in a stand of trees overlooking the river, this relatively low specification camp serves as a base from which guests go on multiple night camping trips into the delta.
The camp itself serves primarily as a staging post, with accommodation in dome tents, with shared ablutions and a simple open-sided public area.
Camping trips are carried out by mokoro canoe ... so just you, your guides and a mobile camp rig, heading out into the maze of waterways, so set up camp on one of the many islands.
The flood tends to arrive relatively late here, so water activities are best Jul/Oct, possibly with a revival in Feb/Mar if the rains are heavy.
There is no minimum age at this camp.
The main potential downsides are that this is a relatively busy area and the only activity on offer is mokoro canoe safari, with very simple camping facilities and the potential for variable levels of service.
We are generally quite keen to get youngsters out on safari early, but the exceedingly open child policy here worries us greatly. The camp is not specifically geared up for children, is unfenced and could be potentially very dangerous. Adult supervision is essential at all times. Many camps have a minimum age of 16 for standard mokoro canoe excursions. This camp has no minimum age for an activity which is far more involved. Whether the camp is being reckless or the other camps are way over-cautious is not a question we can answer. But we reckon about 7 or 8 is the lowest age we would be happy taking our own kids out on something like this.
Oddballs Camp offers a pretty cool experience, the kind of adventure that we are usually very keen to offer to our more outdoorsy guests. And there is no denying that it is relatively very low cost.
But to date we have not yet taken the plunge. There is something about the operation which doesn't quite fill us with confidence. We are not saying that there's anything wrong, but just that we haven't quite been getting the right vibe from them. This despite having visited several times. But we are ready and willing to change our minds.
We tend to more often use the combination of Moremi Crossing
and Gunns Mokoro Bivouac
in this same area, although the minimum age there is generally 12 years.
If you particularly want to include this in your trip then please discuss it with one of our expert safari planners.