Natural Section Opens Thamo Telele in Okavango

Nature Selection Safaris welcomes back its intimate Thamo Telele tented camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta after an extensive refurbishment.

Thamo Telele is a 250-hectare private game reserve located on the outskirts of the iconic safari town of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The intimate and comfortable lodge was recently refurbished and opened its tent-flaps again in March 2022.

With an enviable location bordering the Thamalakane River, Thamo Telele can accommodate 22 guests and offers space for relaxation and tranquillity, making it the ideal stop-over either side of any safari.

Set amongst a lush forest of old growth leadwood and acacia trees, each of the camp’s 11 luxury safari-style tents and thatched chalets is a little bush haven. Surrounded by habitats of river, riverine, woodland and dry savanna this wildlife sanctuary is full of life and brimming with plains game and birdlife.

These tented suites and chalets are all set amongst a lush forest of leadwood and acacia trees, offering peace and comfort in total privacy. Thamo Telele accommodates just twenty-two guests, with nine private luxury tent guest suites and two intimate thatched honeymoon chalets. The honeymoon chalets are private and romantic, with superior king size canopy beds covered in soft white linen, wrapped in flowing netting and topped with plump fluffy pillows. Each air-conditioned chalet is stylishly furnished with pops of bright colour while each en-suite comes with a large sunken bath, his and hers basins and panoramic views of the forest beyond.

Nature Selection Safaris welcomes back its intimate Thamo Telele tented camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta after an extensive refurbishment.

Each of the nine luxury guest tent suites are on raised wooden platforms with hardwood floors and en-suite bathrooms, all with outdoor showers and nature as the back drop. The stylish canvas tents all have twin beds, which can be converted into doubles, and air conditioning above the bed. The colours are light and bright with a canopy of trees for privacy, you’ll feel at one with nature here, enjoying total freedom and relaxation.

After a swim in the lap pool, guest can grab a sundowner from the main lounge and bar area, where they’ll find comfy couches and locally designed wall art, or they can saunter outside to sip and sit on the wooden deck, enjoying total tranquillity under the trees.

The abundant bird life will set any twitcher twitching and anyone with a soft spot for giraffe will be in a state of pure bliss as they get up close and learn more about our resident herd from the camp’s team of naturalists.

In fact, the lodge was named after our littlest resident giraffe, born during our refurb in 2021. Surprisingly tall from birth, she was soon called Thamo Telele, meaning ‘long neck’ in Setswana. As the Natural Selection team observed her growing day-by-day, she captured their hearts in such a profound way, that the company decided to rename its ‘new’ lodge after her.

Nature Selection Safaris welcomes back its intimate Thamo Telele tented camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta after an extensive refurbishment.

The lodge is located in Maun’s best wildlife and birdwatching sanctuary, offering a range of guided and self-guided activities, including a chance for up-close-and-personal encounters with resident giraffe. Even better the camp is only a 20-minute drive or 5-minute helicopter flight from Maun Airport with transfers to and from the lodge daily.

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Nick Walton

Nick Walton

Nick Walton is a leading travel and lifestyle journalist, magazine editor, publisher, photographer, travel commentator, and media trainer, based in Hong Kong. He is also managing editor of Artemis Communications, the titles of which include Ultimate Encounters, Alpha Men Asia, and The Art of Business Travel.

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