Okavango Delta | Botswana
Once a former hunting concession, this community-based conservation area is now known as NG27a. More commonly regarded as a Wildlife Management Area, it prioritizes in wildlife management in the most important areas of the Delta. Eco-tourism has a variety of social, economic and environmental impacts in local communities, and as a result employment is exchanged for cash, further (employment) opportunities and medical and other services to the communities. Revenue gained is also invested in income generation, scholarships or community infrastructure projects.
Nxabega Okavango Delta Camp is a luxury tented safari camp located in NG 27a, with access by fly-in and transfer. A light aircraft flight takes 25 min from Maun, or 75 min from Kasane. The airstrip is a 5 min game drive to the camp, depending on wildlife activity.
NG27a is a riverine forest area, characterized by tall trees with interlocking crowns, nursing the undergrowth of shrubs and creepers. The existence of groundwater creates the closeness of trees, who struggle with each other for light, resulting in tall trees, with under-sized crowns.
Size of concession area – 8,000ha.
Project activities – Community tourism, work at safari lodges, leading guided walking, vehicle and water-born safari activities, basketry and other hand-made arts and crafts.
Impala, red lechwe, zebra, kudu, baboons, hyena, jackals and giraffe. Expect to see large herds of elephant parading in the dry season. Predators such lion, cheetah and the African wild dog, occasionally may be observed. Bushbuck and leopard are often seen in this habitat.
Fig trees attract Peters' epauletted fruit bat and green pigeon. Pel's fishing owl, paradise flycatcher, red-billed helmet shrike and yellow white-eye can be spotted.
Jackalberry, mangosteen, sycamore fig, sausage tree, wild date palm, knobthorn and rain tree. The confetti tree is a scruffy, multi-stemmed shrub that often forms in thickets in the undergrowth. Another shrub found here is the red star apple.
One of the few child friendly lodges in the Delta