Okavango Delta

Arguably Africa’s Finest Destination

Arguably one of Africa’s ultimate destinations and now a World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta is fed by the Okavango River, coming in from the Angolan highlands, passing through the Caprivi Strip and flooding on a reverse pattern to the rains. This is due to it taking between 4 and 8 months for the waters falling in Angola to find their way down, depending on rainfall, and subtle tectonic movements, as well as the actions of hippos and elephants blocking and unblocking channels.

As soon as the Okavango River enters Botswana, the variety of things to see and do begins. As the water flows along the pan-handle for 100 km or so, it passes Shakawe, Sepupa, and Guma, which are all excellent places from which to explore the waterways, to fish and to relax.

This is also an excellent spot to look for the very elusive sitatunga in and amongst the papyrus; an antelope endemic to the region. As the Okavango River spills into the Kalahari, a myriad of habitats come together to give the amateur or professional ecologist, botanist, ornithologist, naturalist or just straightforward interested visitor, a breath-taking experience of wildlife and wilderness.

Due to Botswana’s tourism policy of “High Cost, Low Volume”, the Delta is really only accessible to the more affluent traveller, and it is rare for the backpacker to ever find his or her way into its heart; sad for them but excellent for the exclusivity that must be afforded to this pristine area of the globe, which has achieved world heritage status.

Since becoming a Ramsar protected wetland site, the Okavango Delta Management Plan has sought to guarantee the continued survival of the world’s largest inland delta system. The game boasted here includes, and is in no way limited to: lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, caracal, serval, spotted hyena, aardwolf, civet, roan, sable, kudu, sitatunga, warthog, impala, red lechwe, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal and genet cat, to name but a few.

The birdlife is an ornithologist’s dream, and the botanist would never cease to be amazed by the huge variety of species found here.


Where We Operate

Where We Operate

Botswana is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, surrounded by South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world and home to striking and diverse beauty; from the richly populated waterways of the Okavango Delta to the barren openness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and the remoteness of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is a paradise waiting to be explored.

To see the areas where we operate in are located, and for more information on them, please the maps below.


Contact Us

Contact Us

For All Enquiries Please Contact Rob Or Charlotte Who Will Be Happy To Help

We Are Based In Maun, Northwest Botswana.

Email: info@golden-africa.com

Call: +267 7269 1551 / +267 7741 8088


Meet the Team

Meet the Team

None of what we do would be possible without the dedication and continued hard work from our fantastic team.

Read more about our own history and meet some of the team below:

Metha Kgosintwa

Metha is a resident of Maun (the gateway to the Okavango Delta) and has been working with us since 2016. Although Metha was new to the safari industry when he joined us, he fast became a man of many talents and enjoys working on every aspect of running our camp, from accommodation to front of house service. Metha says “I have been on an unforgettable journey so far, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn all there is to know about the safari industry.” Metha is well respected as our go-to guy for all aspects of the operations of safaris.

Katso Mophuting

Katso was born and grew up in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. Katso’s childhood dream was to explore Botswana’s beautiful wilderness, seeing and learning about the wildlife and vegetation. He has found the opportunity to do so with Golden Africa. Katso says “I have been on one adventure after another since joining Golden Africa in 2019”. Over this past year, Katso has been diversifying his skill set and taken a keen interest in the running of the business and its operations.

Tomas Galakwe

Tomas is a resident of Maun and has been working in the tourism industry for over 15 years. He says “my time in the industry has been nothing but an amazing experience so far and I have been excited to move from working in permanent lodges to working with Golden Africa’s luxury tented camp”. Guests will be interacting with Tomas everyday as he works at the front of house. They will soon get to know this experienced waiter who always has a smile on his face and will make you laugh with a few of his well-oiled jokes.

Wamundoo Frank Mashebe

Wamundoo Frank Mashebe was born and bred in the small village of Kasane, east of the Chobe national park, so the bush is in his blood. It is in the village where his love of nature developed, as he started working as a tour guide for a small safari company in 1997 before moving to the Okavango Delta in 1999 to join a team of guides at a larger safari company, where he guided at lodges in a variety of different areas. Wanting to continually improve his experience as a guide, and due to his love of nature, he attended several professional guiding courses to grow his skill set.

Frank started working as a mobile safari guide in 2005, and two years after starting in this role, he was appointed as the company’s regional head guide trainer, introducing new guides to all the aspects of guiding, as well as conducting annual refresher courses. Frank has guided and trained professional guides in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya. Today Frank lives in Maun, from where he conducts privately guided tours for Golden Africa all over Botswana. He continues thrilling people by unlocking natures hidden secrets on his nature walks, game drives, boat cruises, and mokoros. Having Frank guide your safari will add a dimension you never knew that you wanted, and will have you booking your return trip before you leave.

Golden Africa Safaris Owners

Rob Barber
Tel: +267 7269 1551
Email: rob@golden-africa.com

Rob was born in the southern highlands of Tanzania and was introduced to the bush at a young age. His first stomping grounds were in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, where the family would regularly go camping. After finishing school, Rob went on to work in Ruaha guiding for a season at a lodge with family friends. This is where he knew that a life of guiding and working in the bush was unquestionably the one for him.

Rob left Ruaha to study in Bristol, UK and graduated with a BA (Hons) but the bush was always calling. Before leaving the UK for good and returning to his roots, Rob was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He came to Botswana and was immediately taken by the incredible wilderness and diversity of the country and soon realised that this was to be his new home.

He went on to start up Golden Africa, and today, as Director of the company and a fully licensed professional guide of Botswana, he continues to work throughout the country, in the Okavango, Chobe and Kalahari, designing, planning and leading safaris for many clients who keep coming back for more.

Charlotte Bennett-Diver
Tel: +267 7741 8088
Email: charlotte@golden-africa.com

Charlotte was born in England and grew up in Surrey where her interest and passion for wildlife and nature began at a very early age. During her early years, Charlotte took as many opportunities as possible to gain experience working with animals, including at several farms in Kent and at the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Although initially wanting to pursue a career working with wildlife, Charlotte decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps by joining the British Civil Service.

After a successful eight year career working for various different Government departments, she took a six month career break to fulfill her dream of exploring Africa and of being closer to her passion, wildlife. During those six months Charlotte gained first-hand experience of the safari industry and of Botswana, and loved every minute of it. When the opportunity arose to join Rob as a director of Golden Africa, Charlotte did not hesitate in accepting it.

Charlotte moved permanently to Botswana in 2013 and has not looked backed since.

Charlotte is also a keen photographer and has taken many of the photos used for Golden Africa’s marketing and social media forums.


Weddings

Okavango Weddings

To get married in Africa is to answer the call of the wild. Imagine marrying the love of your life in the middle of the wilderness surrounded by stunning scenery, bountiful wildlife and hearing only nature’s calls.

That’s exactly what we did in 2016 when we organized our own wedding ceremony in the beautiful Okavango wilderness of Botswana. After experiencing a day we will never forget and realizing how incredibly lucky we were to have such a unique and special wedding, we decided to start offering this to other couples wanting a similar experience for their own special day.

You can read about our special day from our wonderful photographer Nikola Smernic, here.

In fact, we are so passionate about organising weddings here in Botswana, that we have launched a sister company to Golden Africa, Okavango Weddings, which is dedicated solely to making dreams come true for couples who wish to get married in Botswana.
It’s not just a wedding, it’s the whole experience that will be a highlight of every wedding guest’s entire life.

When thinking of a destination wedding location, South Africa often comes to mind for many people, however, Botswana is a gem of a place that is just starting to be recognized on the map as a wedding destination by many couples.

And why wouldn’t it be. With millions of acres of protected and pristine wilderness, many options for camps and lodges, culturally rich, friendly staff, numerous activities, and a dedicated team to organise every detail, Botswana offers you a rare opportunity to say “I do” in one of the best wedding destinations on offer.

Our purpose is to organise not only every detail of the wedding, but of the whole trip for every couple and their family and friends. This includes all accommodation, décor, meals, drinks, internal transfers, park fees, logistics, staffing and game-viewing activities. Every wedding is customized to each couple’s preferences.

When you arrive in Botswana, we will be with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding runs smoothly.

There can be different hurdles to overcome when organising a legal marriage in Botswana, but it can be achieved. We have experience in navigating this procedure most recently for a couple in late 2019, which was then followed by a ceremony out in the bush. There are no guarantees with a legal marriage, which is why we would look into the possibilities of this for each individual couple before proceeding.

Each wedding is tailor-made to the wishes of every couple to ensure the perfect day. A wedding ceremony in the Botswana bush is a truly memorable and unforgettable way to celebrate your union, and will give you memories which will last a lifetime; it certainly did for us!

Each wedding is tailor-made to the specifications of each couple to ensure you have the perfect day. Contact us for more information.


Extra Services

Enhance Your Safari Experience

Private Guides

Having a private guide for the duration of a safari in Botswana, and possibly beyond, adds a higher level of experience for our guests on safari. Guides weave together their intimate knowledge of all of the environments found here with their enthusiastic personality and focus on safety, into a memorable and life-changing experience. We are very particular about only using the best guides in the industry. All of our guides are wildlife experts and naturalists with at least 15 years of guiding experience throughout Botswana, and in most cases throughout Southern and Eastern Africa. Our guides’ deep and intuitive knowledge of Botswana’s bountiful wildlife, landscape and culture makes all safaris come alive. Each guide is a fully qualified walking guide, has first-aid training, and all of the necessary licenses as required by law in Botswana to lead and guide safaris. All of our guides have also at some point themselves trained up and coming guides of the future.

Fixed Wing Transfers and Scenic Flights

Given the remote nature of most of the areas in which we operate, fixed-wing transfers are usually required to travel between international airports and local bush airstrips. We partner with Botswana’s most established and reputable company Mack Air, to provide an efficient, professional and hassle-free service to move our guests around Botswana.

Helicopter Scenic Flights and Transfers

For a more adventurous and intimate view of Botswana by air, why not book a Helicopter Horizons scenic flight through us, and experience the thrill of seeing the abundant wildlife and incredible scenery on offer. A helicopter flight is the perfect complement to any itinerary and gives a different perspective on the world in which we operate. An opportunity not to be missed!

Lodge Bookings

We offer our guests the option of extending their stay in our tented camp with additional nights in a permanent lodge in another location. As we are based in Botswana, we know all available properties intimately and are able to advise the most appropriate lodge based on your interests, the time of year, the experiences and best game viewing activities. Staying in a permanent lodge or tented camp in one of Botswana’s private concessions, community areas, national parks or game reserves, truly complements the rest of the itinerary of a tented safari with us.

Water Based Activities

As the world’s largest protected inland delta, the Okavango by water is an experience not to be missed. Whether doing a half- or full-day excursion on the water with a packed lunch, or spending several days exploring the vast open waterways, seeing the abundant aqua-flora and -fauna to be found here is a wonderful experience, and one which helps to shape one’s understanding of the entire ecosystem.

Transfers

As many of our guests travel around the Chobe and Zambezi at the beginning or end of their safari in Botswana, we use only the very best company with the most up to date fleet of vehicles, professional, timely and efficient service. Wild Horizons operates all of our transfers between Kasane in Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. Wild Horizons will always meet and greet all of our guests and ensure they are moved on time, every time, to connect to and from international, regional or domestic flights, as well as between lodges and hotels.


The Safari Experience

A life-changing experience

A Typical Day on Safari

We will wake you gently around an hour before sunrise and serve a light continental breakfast around the fire to prepare you for your morning game drive. You will watch the brilliant African sunrise and observe the waking wildlife from spacious open-sided safari vehicles. About half-way through our 4-to 5-hour drive, tracking animals and learning about their habits, we will stop at a scenic spot for tea and coffee, then return to camp for lunch around 11 am, depending on the sightings we come across.

After lunch you will have 2 – 3 hours of personal downtime to spend how you wish – relaxing in our inviting “chill tent,” reading, having a siesta or showering before our tasty High Tea at around 4 pm. Ready for more exciting sightings, we will set off on our afternoon game drive, culminating in a famous sundowner – often in the company of a variety of wildlife – before returning to camp for a delicious three-course dinner, prepared and served by our staff, served under the stars at around 8 pm.

After a time of greatly exaggerated storytelling around the campfire, you will be more than ready to return to your cozy and comfortable private tent to have a deep sleep, ready for the next day’s adventure!

When on safari with us in Botswana, guests can experience a range of different habitats, as well as many different ways to explore these areas.

From game drives and night drives, to walking safaris and mokoros (dugout canoes), at Golden Africa, we give our guests the best opportunity to be exposed to the full range.

"Thank you for the most amazing safari. We loved all of it, you are a fabulous guide and made it come alive with your boundless enthusiasm as well as your knowledge. There was nothing we could ask that you didn’t know!"

Wall Family, August 2018


Accommodation

Luxury and Comfort in the Wilderness

Every detail has been thought of in our beautifully furnished 30ft rooms. Rooms can be arranged as doubles (one super king bed) or as twins (two single ¾ beds). Single and triple rooms can be arranged on request.

Your luxury room includes:
• Large ¾ twin or super king steel frame double beds
• 400 thread-count cotton percale linen
• Choice of firm or soft mattress
• Locally designed interiors
• Fully enclosed internal shower with wooden duck board
• En suite flushing toilet and internal washbasins; liquid soap and hand sanitiser
• External canvas washbasins
• Bath sheet & towel, hand towel and face cloth
• Canvas wardrobe and hanging space
• Kikoi (traditional cotton cloth worn on the body)
• Sisal carpet, Persian kilims and rugs
• LED lighting throughout
• Laundry service

We will make you feel like a guest in our home.

Watch this video and you will see why:

"From the moment we met in Xai Xai, it felt like family, and words cannot describe what a magnificent, magical, adventurous and amazing journey we had with you. Rob – your passion for your country, your people and everything that lives and breathes on this earth (and the stars beyond) is truly an inspiration. Even though I felt overwhelmed by how much information is contained in your head, I am a smarter and more complete safari enthusiast because of you. Many thanks to your caring and professional team for a flawless and seamless operation, they are true gems. Nothing but gratitude."

Verma Family, April 2019


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Bespoke Safaris to the Heart of Africa

Golden Africa Safaris come from the heart, tailor made for each group and designed with love and care to make your time with us feel like home. Our luxury tented camp features beautifully furnished rooms, delicious and imaginative cuisine and the most comfortable game-viewing vehicles you will find.

Our dedicated staff deliver service with a smile, adding to the camaraderie and comfort of your group. And of course, your heart-stopping experiences with local wildlife, led by expert guides, guarantee that every Golden Africa safari will leave you with enchanting life-long memories.

Curated Journeys of Distinction

We are husband and wife team, Rob Barber and Charlotte Bennett-Diver; and as owners of this unique tented camp, we personally curate Golden Africa journeys for every guest, from initial planning to delivery. We have been in the safari industry for nearly 20 years and have a deep passion for showcasing and preserving the wilderness and the wildlife of our beautiful country, and are proud to have a close, respectful relationship with Botswana’s indigenous people that we share with our guests. Our promise is that you will feel like a nurtured guest in our home, from the first warm greeting at camp to the final farewell.

“This trip has undoubtably been a life-changing one. Thank you so much for sharing not only this incredible piece of the Okavango, but your stunning depth of knowledge about the many elements that make it so. We feel so lucky to have gotten up close and personal with hippos at sunset (sundowners in hand), lion clubs playing, elephants around every corner of the winding roads of the bush, wild dogs in the thick of a chase, mamma and baby hyenas in a nurturing embrace, and of course the spectacular moments spent with Zaphod (leopard) and his warthog win! We could go and on! We hope you know how much we appreciate all the abundant care and effort you have made to make our stay super-duper comfortable and impossibly memorable!”

Katie and Shawn, 17th June 2021