Mapula Lodge meaning “mother of the rain” is on the northern fringes of the Okavango Delta slightly north of the renowned Duba Plains and Vumbura. Its a prime game area with excellent lion and buffalo, cheetah, lechwe and wild dog.
The lodge itself is on a large tree island surrounded by seasonal floodplains and offers a great mixture of activities with game drives, night drives, mekoro and motorboat trips on offer.
The vast 22 000 square kilometre concession is shared by one or two other lodges so is very private. It includes a mix of habitats with large forests of Kalahari apple leaf and also grass plains with lagoons. T
Mapula at a glance
The lodge shares the quirky designs and classic Africa flair of sister camp Jack’s Camp with oriental rugs, and memorabilia. There is a fire pit, a refreshing pool and an elegant jetty out to the lagoon. The nine canvas-and-thatch bedroom tents are reached by a path and have king size metal four-posters and feather-filled pillows with wonderful thick duvets. There were indoor and outdoor showers, kilims on the floors, polished butler trays and brass lanterns.
Need to know
The rooms and public areas are a little less spacious than more modern lodges.
What we loved about Mapula
The waterside location, the game was great. The camp is owned by Ralph Bousfield one of the most legendary guides in the Delta and is run by his own handpicked team. We loved the great explanations from our guide about all matters especially the lay of the land in the Okavango.
How to get there
Mapula Lodge is about 40 minutes flight from Maun. Its about 50 minutes from Kasane. The lodge is run by Natural Selections experts in the safari business.
When to visit Mapula Lodge
High season is from June to October. Game can hot up into November when often game concentrates closer to the lodge. The wetter months from December to March can be great for birds and general game.