This is fine, of course, for those who enjoy the most classic of gold tap experiences. Plus, many of those abovementioned players are huge advocates of travel-driven conservation. However, if you’re after the private guided experience of the bush camps of old, then the best of the best in the Okavango Delta, at least for me, has to be Beagle Expeditions’s Kweene Trails.
Operating in the Okavango Delta, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Makgadikgadi Pans, Kweene Trails is a private mobile tented experience run by the brilliant Marleen and Simon Byron and their daughter Dalia — a family who know the Delta intimately.
The Byrons spend no more than 100 days a year hosting, which amounts to roughly ten expeditions. With camps set and struck several times, each expedition is different from the last one, on account of the season, the rains, the paths taken, and the wants and needs of their guests.
Some, then, are by and large walking safaris. Others are conducted largely by boat or mokoro or dugout canoe. A few may take place in vehicles, depending on guest mobility. Whichever way, the ever-changing location, the focus on the slow safari, and the unremittingly fine feedback from guests speak to the wild spirit of Kweene Trails and the knowledge and wonderful bonhomie of its hosts.