Overview of Mapula Lodge

Journey to the remote northern outskirts of the legendary Okavango Delta, to an intimate forested island within the seasonal floodplains of the mysterious Selinda Spillway. Situated in an untamed private concession more than six times bigger than Miami, Mapula Lodge is a flamboyantly rustic safari outpost overlooking a glassy lagoon ruled by chortling hippos.

Enjoy an authentic safari experience in utter exclusivity, far away from the crowds. Float down the Delta’s secluded waterways on a mokoro (traditional canoe) and discover secret spots where few others have gone before. Go on game drives through a pristine wilderness, home to the largest concentration of lion in the Okavango Delta. Spot a breath-taking variety of animals like leopard, wild dog, cheetah and the rare sable antelope, as well as elusive and lesser-known predators like mongoose, serval and caracal. Buffalo gather en masse on the edges of the Selinda waterways, along with bathing elephants and a noteworthy medley of birdlife. Here, birders can tick off sightings like the slaty egret, Pel’s fishing owl, African skimmer, carmine bee-eater, African paradise flycatcher, jacana and the endangered wattled crane.

Mapula was designed by the eccentric creators of the legendary Jack’s Camp, known for combining an expressive character with complete comfort and safari-chic finishing touches. The lodge’s canvas-and-thatch suites are widely spaced apart and concealed among the island’s ancient trees.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Friendly staff and exceptional service
  • Supremely knowledgeable safari guides
  • Large numbers of wildlife, especially lion
  • Boating, mokoro trips and birdwatching
  • Stargazing in the chill pit
  • Optional hot-air balloon flight over the Delta

Day tours

Game drives

Mokoro trails

Rooms at Mapula Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Canvas-and-thatch cottages are spread far enough apart to offer you complete privacy under the embracing shade of the islandu2019s trees. Four-poster beds are draped with mosquito nets and complimented by ultra-comfortable feather pillows. Sink into a stylish Malawi chair in your cottageu2019s lounge area, perfect for an afternoon siesta. Bathrooms are en suite with flush toilets, twin vanities, indoor and outdoor showers.

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      Family Tent

      There is one cottage at Mapula Lodge that can accommodate two adults and two children.

      General Facilities

      Mapula Lodge’s main area is an ideal spot to relax with a good book from the small library, or to keep watch over the wildlife in the lagoon below. Take a refreshing dip in the aquamarine pool during those balmy Delta afternoons. Head to the welcome ‘chill pit’ (a sunken outdoor lounge overlooking the lagoon) for a pre-dinner drink and a spectacular African sunset, followed by stargazing that is beyond words.

      The lodge runs on 80% solar power and provides guests with charging facilities in the mess tent and the rooms.

      Laundry service

      Swimming pool

      Wi-Fi available


      Mapula Lodge’s menu has a strong focus on fresh tastes and authenticity. Expect delicious plated meals and charming picnics in the bush.

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