Although over 80 fish species occur in the Okavango Delta, the species most sought after by recreational fishermen include tigerfish, nembwe with various other tilapia (bream) species and African pike. In the winter months fishing is not that productive due to cooler conditions. The summer months (Sept-April), when waters are warmer, offer far better fishing opportunities with the peak being October and November. A new fishing law prohibits fishing in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes.

Catch and release is practised at all Wilderness Safaris and Safari Adventure Company camps. Whilst none of their camps in Botswana are sold as ‘fishing camps’ per se, they are able to offer this as an activity at the following camps: Banoka Bush Camp, Xigera, Jacana, Jao, Kwetsani, Tubu Tree, Little Vumbura, Vumbura Plains, Seba, Abu, Selinda, Zarafa, Savuti, Kings Pool and DumaTau. Only a basic supply of equipment is offered, so avid fishermen are welcome to bring their own equipment along.

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Family Room At Banoka Bush Camp

The family suite at Banoka Bush Camp consists of two separate canvas tents on elevated platforms. Both rooms have separate entrances and their own bathrooms, with the children’s tent being a little smaller.

Since the camp’s opening, wildlife sightings have been excellent, including: pack of 14 African wild dogs with pups (a regular sight at the moment), herd of approximately 1 000 Cape buffalo, leopard chasing and catching a squirrel, pride of seven lion feeding on a young buffalo carcass, common waterbuck in camp, elephant and general game such as southern giraffe, red lechwe, spotted hyaena, common reedbuck and impala.

The camp also recently ran its first cultural village trip for enthusiastic guests.

 

Banoka Bush Camp Now Open

The much-anticipated opening of Banoka Bush Camp took place on 20th September, and was met with very positive feedback from guests that have already paid a visit. The site for Banoka is situated on the banks of the Khwai River, which forms a natural border between the Khwai wildlife reserve to the north and Moremi Game Reserve to the south.

Banoka, apart from being 100% solar powered, features a spacious main area overlooking a tranquil lagoon and 10 comfortable tents built along the tree line. Twice daily guided game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, explore the Khwai Concession, and adjoining Moremi Game Reserve. Ecologically, the area is very diverse; wildlife to be seen include elephant, hippo, roan, lion, leopard, wild dog and spotted hyaena, to name a few. Spectacular birding opportunities also abound, with some 450 species recorded. Other activities include seasonal boating and mekoro excursions, nature walks, catch-and-release fishing and a cultural experience. For more images please see: Banoka Bush Camp