Baines' Camp is tucked away under the shady canopy of the Okavango Delta trees, where water is abundant and vegetation is lush. This luxurious camp consists of only 5 suites, each set atop wooden decks in the tree line. From these decks, spectacular views of the permanent water of the Boro River and a lagoon are the perfect way to unwind after a day spent in the bush. This area of Botswana is teeming with wildlife and birdlife.
Suites comprise opulent bedrooms, furnished with luxurious fabrics and plush textures. Fully-mobile four-poster beds are comfortable, particularly when wheeled outside for an open-air sleep. Being in this secluded wilderness means that no city lights can interfere with the visibility of the magnificent celestial bodies above.
This exclusive accommodation is named after the 19th Century explorer and artist, Sir Thomas Baines. The main guest area boasts a sizeable deck where guests are able to enjoy an outdoor meal or a sundowner, while taking in the stunning views of the lagoon. In this area, a sparkling swimming pool and two sala's provide our valued guests with the utmost in relaxation.
Five beautifully appointed suites are each perched on wooden decks, overlooking the gorgeous surrounds, including the Boro River. Each suite features an opulent bedroom with a mobile four-poster bed, en-suite facilities and a private viewing deck. On hot African nights, the beds can be moved to the open deck, and guests are invited to drift off to sleep surrounded by the sounds of the African bush.
In addition, each room is conveniently equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe and minibar. 240 volts of electricity is provided by a combination of a silent packed generator and a battery system. Electricity is available 24 hours a day.
Game viewing: The Okavango is teeming with an array of wildlife, including birds. Semi-open 4 x 4 safari vehicles are ideal for the conducted game drives. These game drives often extend into the night, which reveals an entirely new spectrum of wildlife.
Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) safaris: Discovering the Okavango while being poled slowly down the waterways in a mokoro is an unbeatable experience. These trips are, of course, subject to water levels, although they are available for most of the year.
Motorised boat safaris: Baines' Camp's socially-adapted motorboats are designed to cruise down the waterways and experience the local wildlife with minimal effect on the animals in the area. These too are water level-dependent.
Walking safaris: Experience the wildlife and bush firsthand, under the watchful eyes and expertise of an armed professional guide.
Baines' Camp conveniently has its own registered private airstrip (S19.37.23 E023.16.42), located 45 - 60 minutes' drive from the camp (depending on the water level in the Delta).
The camp is accessible by air from Maun (approximately 15 minutes), Kasane (approximately 1.5 hours) and all other delta camps. The luggage restriction is 12kgs per person in a soft-sided bag.
Children 12 years and older welcome.
Summer extends from December to March, and is know an as the wet season. Hot days are spliced with refreshing afternoon thundershowers, and the average daily temperature ranges between 20ºC and 38ºC. It is during this lush season that newborn animal frolic amidst the gorgeous summer flowers, greeted by the migrating birds. Naturally, this increase in wildlife also implies increased predator activity.
The dry season extends from late March to early December, although winter only occurs between June and August. During these chilly months, temperatures range between 0ºC and 28ºC.
Autumn (April to May) maximum temperatures rise from about 10ºC to 32ºC and spring (September to November) sees temperatures of 15ºC to 38ºC.
While temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year, game viewing is generally more productive during summer. While partaking of the beauty of this area, cool and comfortable clothing should be worn, along with plenty of sunscreen. Knitted tops and heavy jackets are necessary for the mornings and evenings in winter, and safari outfits should be in muted, natural colours.