Mapula Lodge

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The essence of Africa

A stay at Mapula Lodge captures the very essence of the original East African safari, offering real adventure in unreal style. Exploring the Mapula Reserve on the northern side of Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta you’ll find yourself
immersed in a magical environment teeming with wildlife, navigating a maze of pristine channels, islands, wetlands and waterways.

The nine canvas‐and‐thatch bedroom tents are replete with king size metal four‐poster beds, a small sitting area and chic safari styling ‐ think coloured rugs, polished copper and exquisite feather beds. En‐suite bathrooms provide flush
toilets and both indoor and outdoor showers. Dining in the mess tent or under the stars is a culinary experience with three course meals featuring dishes such as rare roast Botswana beef, ostrich piccata and fresh herb salads. Afternoon tea is served with a real sense of occasion and indulgent treats include the infamous triple‐layer banana caramel cake!

During the day you will explore the area by mokoro (traditional dug out canoe), 4×4 vehicle or on foot spotting herds of elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, the rare sitatunga and more. You will have the opportunity to take a scenic helicopter flight, hot air balloon ride or even fly‐camp out over night, sleeping in a simple mosquito net tent beneath a blanket of stars. Throughout, the guiding is of the utmost importance and only the most experienced and well-qualified biologist‐guides are deployed.

Set amidst an iconic Delta landscape, Mapula Lodge places you in a magical environment in which to enjoy the abundance of Botswana’s astonishing wildlife and the beauty of it’s pristine ecosystems.

You will love

  • The original and the best!
  • Small traditional safari camp
  • Stylish 1920s rugged chic
  • An immersive Delta experience
  • Easy delta waterway access

Exellent and wonderful, reaching way above expectations.

Elizabeth Mackintosh

Julia you did a fantastic job - everything was first class. Well organised, efficient and stress free. We all agreed it was the best holiday we've ever had. Cant wait to travel with CSC again.

Milford family

We are so happy we put our trust in CSC, we had an amazing adventure and would recommend them to anyone.

Kim & Brad Balance

The trip exceeded my expectations and was the best family holiday I have ever had. Our children simply loved it and now I know more about African wildlife than they do about our own farm animals.

Rowntree family

Classic Safari are the people who genuinely know other culture and offer incredible insight to perfectly meet your expectations.

Melanie McMillan & Iain Jones

We loved it all. Our son wants to go back tomorrow. We would ALL go back again!

Laurence & Remi Cunningham

An amazing experience - the best family holiday we have ever had. We were extremely impressed by the meticulous attention to our itinerary. I can't speak highly enough of all the elements of this exciting journey!

Sheryl & Robert Taylor

Thank you for making our trip to Africa so spectacular. The attention to detail really made it special. It really was the trip of a lifetime.

Paul Cozzi

Very knowledgeable and patient. Our trip was all that we hoped for. Wonderful!

Jane & Robert Happell

Everything was perfect! Advice and information on destinations and activities hit everything I had hoped to experience. I contacted the Classic Safari Company upon recommendation and have now, in turn, recommended to others.

Tim Bradley

You can't improve on perfection. I had my best birthday and holiday with my family celebrating my 80th birthday in Africa. Everything that Julia organised was perfect and the whole trip was a highlight!

Buckingham Family

The trip of a lifetime, couldn't have dreamt of a better adventure if I tried.

Emma Jeffcoat

Absolutely everything was first class & so well organised.

Simon & Jackie Adams

Classic Safari Company has done it again! A unique experience that ticked all the boxes - wildlife, culture and dining experience. A dream come true!

Ros Wheeler

Their experience and knowledge of Africa is evident and we couldn't have been happier with the total package. This has given us a taste for Africa - now we are ready for more.

Andrew & Pip Stevens

If you want the most sensational experience in Africa let Julia and the staff at Classic Safari Co plan it for you! Their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for their job means your every wish will be fulfilled.

Miriam & Joseph Harrison

Classic Safari is the place to go to for "top end" adventure travel.

Ron & Alison Guthrie

Classic Safari Company were brilliant - 10/10

Di & Kingsley Yates

The Classic Safari Company is the best I have dealt with. Extremely knowledgeable & professional, friendly, patient & understanding of first timers to Africa.

Annette Whiley

It certainly was the best trip we have EVER had. The experiences were mind blowing.  We want everyone we know to experience Africa - the animals, the people - magical.

Jo-anne & Dean Mifsud

Would do it all again and not change a moment. Best holiday ever!

The McGowan Tribe

An absolutely fantastic travel company - every one of the many trips they have organised for us over 22 years have been faultless and fabulous.

Judith & Roger Williams

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