Okavango Hidden Gems
Touching the earth lightly
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What our guests say
Wonderful Safari Experience - Amber River Camp was an amazing experience. The people are so friendly and accommodating. The staff felt like family by the time we left,... read more and the food was outstanding. The camp is in a private concession which allows access to drive right up to animals. Our guide Carter was extremely knowledgeable and did a wonderful job. We loved the privacy that the concession offered as there were no other vehicles around which made it feel like you were more in nature with the animals. The camp has a great location where the elephants would come through the middle of the camp each day to feed. They would also hang out by the pool with you which was such a great experience. The tents are luxurious and you can hear wildlife throughout the night including hippos, lions, and baboons. We saw elephant, zebra, giraffe, impala, kudu, lions, warthogs, buffalo, wildebeest, hippos, crocs, mongoose, african wild cats, and tons of birds. Note that it is difficult to find hyena, cheetah, and leopards. Overall this was a fantastic safari camp and will give you a personalized safari experience including game drives and mokoro rides. I proposed to my girlfriend prior to arriving to the camp, and Amber River gave us a special and personalized dinner and gift which was amazing. Highly recommend to anyone traveling to the Okavango Delta!
June 14, 2023
Exceptional camp in an amazing location. The small cosy nature of this camp and proximity of the wildlife wandering through the camp made this a hit with us and our... read more 4 adult children who came with us on our first trip to Botswana. Just fabulous wildlife. Food was 5 star and catered to our GF and dairy free requirements ( thanks for the birthday cake!) Management were welcoming and our guide Super went above and beyond in showcasing the wildlife in the region. Thanks team and we recommend this camp to all our friends!!
June 29, 2023
5 Star - My wife and I spoiled ourselves with 5 nights at Amber River Camp run by Okavango Hidden Gems.
Not only is the location secluded from other camps, but each... read more tent is private from the others, giving you that desired sense of seclusion for which we came searching. Further, there are only 6 tents in the camp - so even the dining area, pool area and fire pit provide the same sense of seclusion because there are so few people.
The accommodation exceeded our expectations - luxury 5 star yet authentic tents which made the experience more real and nothing like the grossly ostentatious accommodation I've seen in the delta.
We were treated like royalty by the staff, who are the best feature of Amber River Camp - sincere, professional, friendly. Nothing was too much to ask.
All views, from our room, the dining area and pool area and fire pit have the most spectacular view of the delta - we lay in the pool most afternoons and watched heards of elephants with their young ones, giraffe, water buck, zebra - all barely 50 metres away.
The elephants even walked through the camp during the day - one was grazing the tree next to our outside shower!
In the evening, the sunsets were as magical as we have seen in documentaries and we experienced them with biltong and Botswana gin and tonic in the open bush.
On one of our game drives, we spotted a pride of lions with cubs. We watched them playing for over an hour.
The bushveld at Amber River Camp is truly wild - no other game viewing vehicles, no tar roads. And the animals are all in the open, all at the same time.
And our guide, Super, was brilliant - unbelievably knowledgeable, yet humble.
The mokoro ride was one of the most relaxing and spiritual things I've ever done. My wife and I glided peacefully along the delta, viewing elephants and birds.
We ate far too much but the food was too good. Despite being there for 5 nights, the menu was always different.
For the ultimate Okavango delta experience, Amber River Camp offers everything!
January 16, 2023
We touched the earth slightly! THANK YOU! KEA LEBOGA! - It was our first stay in Botswana and in the Amber River Camp, but for sure not our last one! We enjoyed a direct flight from Cape Town to Maun... read more with Airlink, we were welcomed by the team from helicopter Horizons and and enjoyed a scenic flight over the delta as we saw the first elephant herds already. We were then greeted by lovely, friendly and enthusiastic staff who broke out into song. The two of us had the entire camp and staff 100 % at our disposal as we were the only guests at that time. In the first moment we felt a bit overwhelmed, but the entire team created such a great guest experience for us, it felt a bit like a second honeymoon. We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed very incredible moments. The camp is completely open where the hippo or giraffe walked through the camp and passed your luxury tent. In the nights we could listen to the music of the bush and delta, croaking of the frogs, roaring of the lions or the grunt of the hippos. The luxury tented suites were beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable and remembered the old days. We had amazing views over the delta where we could just sit and enjoy the sounds and sights of nature. The game drives were very special, we learned a lot about the wildlife and bird world in the Okavango Delta. Master, our game ranger was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with so many interesting facts and insights which kept us engaged and fascinated during our game drives. We enjoyed the early morning drives during the sun rises, also watching the stunning sunsets in the Delta accompanied with some drinks. Between the two game drives we enjoyed our private pool, relaxing and watching the elephants or antelopes around the camp. We enjoyed the delicious food, we would not miss the bush high tee ceremony before we got on the late game drive. They provided the most delicious finger food and cakes to us. Despite being in nature and far away from the nearest town we enjoyed the most amazing hospitality. Our days ended with a unique dinner experience under the stars and listening to the music of the night in the bush. The entire team (to name a few like Melanie, Kat, Master and Oli) did a fantastic job, they created outstanding experiences for us and always with a smile and kind word or even a joke. We touched the earth slightly!
Nicole & Matthias
December 26, 2022
Bucket List - exceeded all expectations - This was our first trip to Botswana and it was absolutely a 5+ star visit. From Lauretta, to Costa our guide, to Ollie and TSA - super attentive and fantastic... read more service. The food was amazing and the game drives were wonderful. Costa, knew how to find the animals and it was peaceful as we were the only ones out there. The accommodations were exceptional. This was a bucket list item for me and it exceeded all expectations.
June 4, 2023
We have been visiting Botswana for more than a decade, and have stayed at several camps, but Amber has been the most memorable so far. We took the short helicopter... read more ride from Maun to the camp, and this is worthwhile as one can get a better idea of the delta.
The staff is excellent and went out of their way to make us feel special. Food in the camp is prepared by qualified chefs and is the highlight at the end of the day. It is amazing what they can do in the middle of the bush.
Wildlife is abundant, and it is a good area for wildlife and bird photography The guides are very knowledgeable and made sure that we could take special shots.
The sunsets are spectacular and having a sundowner in the bush is memorable.
November 17, 2022
Best stay ever!! Highly recommended 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 - Luxury 5 STAR yet authentic tents. The staff is amazing, they go beyond their means to make your stay that extra personal and special!
Spectaculair sunsets/sunrises. The sunset game... read more drives are the best!
So special to be surrounded by animals and nature.
Oow and the food!!! Just excellent!!
Highly recommend Amber River Camp!
November 14, 2022
Hidden gem - to Maun where we were met by our guide from Amber River Camp, located in the south east of the Delta. After a 2,5 hrs drive we were warmly welcomed... read more by the entire staff. Amber River Camp is an unprecedented and new camp in the Delta and has only been open since April this year. Carine and I quickly got the impression that we were one of the first guests. We had the entire camp and staff 100 % at our disposal as we were the only guests at that time. This felt a bit uncomfortable for us, since all those lovely people made so much effort for us. Nevertheless a wonderful stay and very indelible moments. What was very special about this camp was that it was a completely private concession and therefore off-road drives were a pleasure. It was also a completely open camp where the hippo, elephant and lion walked through the camp and passed your tent (total luxury). So watch out was the message and don't be disturbed by nocturnal noises (roar of the lion and grunt of the hippo). A intimate and exclusive safari experience and deliberate return old days
So in a very clean and cooling pool you imagined yourself in a movie set. This residence, a bit off the beaten track and luxury, was a hidden gem and it definitely deserves its place.
November 23, 2022
Amber RiverCamp - We have stayed at many safari camps but Amber River Camp has been the best by far.
We arrived like Hollywood stars in a helicopter where we got to see... read more the delta from above.We were then greeted by t friendly enthusiastic staff who broke out into song.
Our luxury tented suites were beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. They were well secluded, so much so that we were able to enjoy an outdoor bath under the stars which was an awesome experience.
The suites had amazing views over the wetlands where we could just sit and enjoy the sounds and sights of nature.
The game viewing was spectacular and we saw a wide variety of game, including a pack of wild dogs feeding on their kill. We were introduced to birdwatching as the Delta is teeming with bird life. Our game ranger was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with so many interesting stories and facts which kept us engaged and entertained for the duration of our game drives.
On every game drive we stopped and enjoyed drinks and snacks while watching the stunning Delta sun sets.
We did not ,however, have to go far to see game as we could sit around the pool while watching the elephants roam around our camp.
Despite being in nature and miles from the nearest town we enjoyed the most amazing meals and snacks. Every day we looked forward to our bush high tea where we got to enjoy the most delicious cakes and snacks.
My favourites being the carrot cake and scones. Our days ended with an unique dinner experience under the stars.
The staff contributed to a very enjoyable stay as they were always eager to help and were quick with a smile and a joke.
A wonderful ending to our perfect few days at Amber was a Mokoro ride, which was a peaceful, serene trip along the shallow waters of the delta.
I am already planning my next trip to Amber River Camp.
November 13, 2022