Okavango Delta | Botswana

Mapula Lodge

Mapula Lodge is a private concession slightly north of the renowned Vumbura concession in the Okavango Delta. It’s an approximately 40 minute flight from Maun. It’s name, “Mapula”, means goddess of rain, and the lodge is named after its owner, a local Motswana lady.

Guests at this Botswana safari lodge are accommodated in 10 luxury chalets each with small lounge and en-suite bathroom facilities (twin bath tub and outdoor shower). The accommodation is set on the edge of seasonal floodplains, overlooking a permanent lagoon complete with resident hippos. Enjoy the views with a drink from the deck while watching wild game pass by.

They offer unique adventure safaris, walking safaris, mokoro and motor launch excursions in the Okavango Delta, cultural interaction at an authentic village and day and night game drives with a guide and tracker. Game viewing is particularly good in this area, as is birdwatching. Expect to see African paradise flycatchers, wattled cranes, saddle-billed storks, brown snake eagles, wattled starlings, Meyer’s parrots, lesser grey shrikes, ostriches and carmine bee-eaters.

There is a swimming pool, running water, laundry service, large deck, sun loungers and deckchairs, open-air bar, dining area, lounge, small library and curio shop.

Time your visit with Botswana’s seasons

Botswana is a destination that holds unique wonders every month of the year. While it's very easy to say that there's no bad time to visit a country, we really, really mean it for Botswana. The seasons follow the same climactic patterns of most of Southern Africa, bar a slight curve-ball.

The best way to understand when to go to Botswana is to look at the three 'safari seasons', Green, Shoulder and Peak:

Green Season: This typically runs from mid-December to the end of March and is when there is the greatest chance of rain. It is, however, unlikely to rain continuously for long periods, and if it does rain it is more often than not a big storm which then clears, which makes for phenomenal photographic compositions. It is during these months that many zebra migrate down towards the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Nightly rates are at their lowest in this season.

Shoulder Season: As the seasons change from the rains towards the drier winter we enter the first Shoulder Season, which runs from the beginning of April to the end of May. In this time you can expect to find a bush full of life and wonderful green grasses all around. The second Shoulder Season runs from the beginning of November through to mid-December as the summer rain storms build.

Peak Season: From June to the end of October is when Botswana, and in particular the Okavango Delta, is at its peak. The water from the rains has largely evaporated but the flood waters from Angola will have arrived to top up the channels of the Delta.

You can read more about Botswana's seasons in our 'A Year in the Okavango Delta' blog post.

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