Guests per Safari Vehicle
Saguni Safari Lodge is perfectly situated in the eastern region of Moremi within the Okavango Delta. This stunning lodge is nestled on an island of mature riparian trees, typical of the Okavango Delta. Saguni Safari Lodge overlooks the ‘Mbudi Lagoon’, in the beautiful game-rich area of Khwai. The name ‘Saguni’ is a bushman name for Khwai, meaning “an area with an abundance of game and spectacular sights”.
Saguni Safari Lodge offers 13 Forest Tents and 8 Luxury River Tents, custom-designed and built in harmony with the island environment. The River Tents are on the riverfront with stunning views over the Sable River and the Forest Tents are nestled under the canopy of trees.
The Lodge offers open vehicle photographic safaris and walking safaris (subject to seasonality). Besides the daytime game drives, which can feature Africa’s big attractions, there is also the option to experience a night drive. Cultural visits and mokoro excursions are all available at Saguni.
There is a custom-designed main area that opens onto a central deck and fire pit. The bar at Saguni Safari Lodge is well-positioned to project only the best views of the lagoon. The inviting campfire is the focal point from dawn to dusk, and it is the perfect place to chat about the day’s adventures. Mealtimes and high tea are based around the activities and are either served outdoors on the decking area or in the warmth of the dining room.
Saguni Safari Lodge offers the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife, and warm local hospitality.
The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta is the most unexpected wonder – water present in a desert. The broad Okavango River sinks into the dry sands of the Kalahari Desert, creating a lush and waterlogged oasis with crystal clear lagoons and channels, reeded islands and fertile floodplains. Dubbed “the river that never finds the sea”, this magical oasis spreads over more than 15 500 km² (almost 6 000 square miles) and yet is so fragile that, if it were denied water for even a decade, it would revert to a semi-desert.
This breath-taking environment constantly adapts and changes with the ebb and flow of the floodwaters that seasonally inundate large portions of the Delta. Although dry for two-thirds of the year, during the winter months the rising floodwaters create a maze of marshes, small wooded islands and shallow lagoons. Water lilies and other aquatic plants flourish in the shallow water, while water birds inhabit the banks of papyrus. As relatively little water can be found elsewhere during this time, the wildlife is drawn to the clear waters of the Delta.
On the edges of the Delta, where land blurs with water, breeding herds of elephant splash gently through shallow channels, the long necks of a family of giraffe materialise slowly out of the Delta skyline and graceful sitatunga antelope hide in the reeds. It is a place where you can wonder at the antics of wild dog in the morning and cast a line for tiger fish in the afternoon, wake in the dappled shade of a forest and enjoy dinner beneath the boughs of a massive baobab at full moon.
Beautiful little reed frogs cling to the water grasses and a variety of incredible bird species make their appearance, from jewelled kingfishers and bee-eaters to ponderous herons and cranes and solemn-looking owls. Red lechwe scamper through the shallows and wild cat, serval and pangolin can be spotted at night, when the moon reflects off the backs of a family of hippo coming out of the water to graze, turning them into slabs of shining silver.
The Okavango Delta is home to a large number of species, including some that are specially adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, like the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga antelope. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog may be encountered, while hippo resides in deeper channels and lagoons. Honey badgers are observed during daylight hours. Roan and sable antelope favour taller grass in open woodlands and families of dwarf and banded mongoose occupy large termite mounds.
Graceful giraffe, with their impossibly long necks, and herds of zebra can be encountered on the floodplains. Lion, as well as other predators, can also be found in the area, particularly in the drier areas. Although predominantly nocturnal and difficult to spot, leopard occurs in the dense forest are the water’s edge. The sparkling channels teem with a variety of fish, while hundreds of bird species, frogs and insects inhabit the reeded banks.
Saguni Safari Lodge, Botswana