Wild Expeditions | Karangoma

Northern Okavango Delta, BOTSWANA

Wild Expeditions is a pioneering collective of safari camps and expeditions operating in remote parts of Africa

These experiences are best suited to travellers who truly understand and value the concept of wild and immersive journeys. The luxury offered is access to extraordinary places and experiences that are only available to a few discerning travellers each year.

KARANGOMA - the delta camp

Karangoma is the result of a partnership with local elder Olatotse Sarefo and is rooted in Bukakhwe San and Hambukushu culture.

The name itself is a Sembukushu word describing ‘drum beating, ancestral healing, bringing good future to the tribe, or, when one is ill, cure dancing’. It is exactly this essence of healing and harmony that the camp seeks to offers its guests in their reconnection with nature and traditional cultures.

And what better place to do that than the productive and beautiful Okavango Delta where this small, exclusive camp offers the opportunity for some truly special game viewing and connection with the natural world. Karangoma’s 6 tented suites are hidden on a shaded peninsula with gorgeous views out across the floodplains.

From Botswana and Zimbabwe, to Ethiopia, Madagascar and some epic adventures in-between, Wild Expeditions is firmly leading the way in providing travellers with experiences across unique parts of Africa which honour the habitats, wildlife and people of these environments. 

The future of Africa’s wildest places and traditional tribes increasingly requires conscious and intrepid travellers seeking these bucket list journeys, together with brave stakeholders who are committed to providing meaningful and immersive travel experiences.  

We invite you to take a Wild Expedition.



US$ 600 – US$ 1 000 per person per night


8+ years. Kids sharing with a parent pay 50% and there is 1 2-bedroomed Family Tent


Scheduled light aircraft transfers between Maun and the Vumbura Airstrip (Wilderness Air; 25 mins) followed by a short helicopter flight (10-12 mins) directly to camp.

Classic Portfolio Since 1993

What we love

Classic Portfolio Since 1993


Partnered with local Bukakwe bushman clan and committed to conservation through reducing human wildlife conflict.


A true wilderness (30,000ha and 20km of Selinda Spillway) with abundant wildlife and wild safari experiences immersed in nature.


A conscious move away from ostentatious safari luxury towards a meaningful reconnection with nature through removing unnecessary trappings of urban luxury.


From dipping in the Delta, sipping coffee around a morning fire to savoring a sundowner as the earth turns from the sun, Karangoma celebrates being wild again.

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The impact of your stay

Wild Expeditions operates in some of the more remote and least-established destinations on the African continent. The positive impact of a viable ecotourism operation existing in areas like these on both biodiversity conservation and community engagement cannot be under-estimated. This is precisely why Wild Expeditions do operate where they do. Every guest who stays with Wild Expeditions contributes to the cause and these positive impacts simply by choosing to travel with them.

In the Karangoma context by far the most important component of conservation is the local rural community who live with wildlife and who pay the costs of doing so, regularly losing either crops to elephants or livestock to lions and other predators. Together with a local NGO, Wild Expeditions hope to introduce innovative herding and veterinary techniques to reduce stock loss and improve herd health.

Every stay contributes through:

 Some of the more tangible outputs of each guests stay are outlined as follows:

  • Paying US$50 per person per night Community & Conservation Levy that directly contributes to the communities adjoining the Okavango Delta in the NG12 area.
  • Supporting Karangoma and their locals partners, the Bukakhwe San community of Gudigwa.
  • This partnership focusses on positive impacts like revenue sharing, community employment, training, and hosting eco-clubs for children.
  • Each stay at Karangoma supports the purpose of engaging rural communities in the value chain of ecotourism and of celebrating traditional skills ranging from the world-renowned tracking ability of the San to the appreciation for traditional instruments and music of the Bukakhwe people.
  • Furthermore each guest stay supports the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict through a collaboration with the community and a local conservation NGO. The innovative cattle herding techniques and scientifically sophisticated early warning system using satellite collars placed on lions by this NGO mean that local farmers on this northern edge of the Okavango now rarely lose cattle to stock-raiding lions.


Classic Portfolio Since 1993


Wild Expeditions | Karangoma

Spillway splendour

Northern Okavango Delta


Consisting of just 6 tented suites (one being a family room), Karangoma is hidden in a wooded peninsula that juts out into the floodplains and overlooks a well-trodden game path to water. The tents are placed on low wooden decks (for high flood years), but the interlinking paths through camp are all down on the characteristic fine grey earth of the Okavango, weaving through croton and mopane and ensuring our guests feel connected to the landscape while they are in camp.

Located outside of a national park afford Karangoma the opportunity to conduct a really wide range of activities. Day and night game drives are of course the mainstay in search of the wildlife of the Okavango, but walking offers a different perspective (and emotion), as does boating along the Magweqgana and especially poling a mokoro through the secondary waterways. Furthermore guests have a chance to engage with local Bukakhwe San community members and see first hand their conservation efforts.


  • Excellent sightings of a wide range of large mammal species; from the zebra, tsessebe, lechwe and wildebeest of the floodplains to the elephant, sable, and roan of the woodland, plus all the larger carnivores from lion and spotted hyaena to leopard, cheetah and wild dog;
  • A wide range of activities from day and night game drives and walking, to boating and mekoros (season dependent);
  • A camp with a direct partnership with members of the local community.


SEASONALITY: Open all year.

CHILDREN: 8+ years (children under 12 are not permitted on walking safaris). Families with children under 12 years are required to take a private vehicle for the duration of their stay.


7 chalets
1 family chalet

from US$ 600 per person per night
All meals and drinks
Twice daily camp activities (shared)
Day & night game drives, mokoro (seasonal), boating (seasonal), guided walking and stargazing
WiFi (limited)
Mobile phone signal

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Kweene - Karangoma Combo

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VALID: 1 May – 31 Dec 2024

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Getting to Karongoma

Maun is the closest international airport and is well serviced with flights from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Kasane.  From April 2024 there will also be flights from Windhoek with FlyNamibia.

Kasane is also a good access point when coming from Victoria Falls.


From Maun or Kasane the closest airstrip is Vumbura which is serviced by Wilderness Air. From Vumbura guests access Karangoma via a scenic 12 minute helicopter flight.


Karangoma can be directly combined with numerous other camps in the Delta via helicopter access with Helicopter Horizons.




+27 71 359 8322

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.