Only two camps share this immense area of prime game viewing country — Lagoon and its sister camp, Lebala, which lies 35 kilometres to the south. In the morning you’ll wake to fresh coffee and the sleepy grunting of hippos as you head out for your day’s adventures. Cooler morning temperatures mean more active animals. Huge herds of buffalo and zebra waking up to graze, elephant ambling to the water’s edge. Predators are alert, anticipative of the opportunity for an easy, early morning catch.
You’ll stay in one of just eight huge, tented suites. Your waking view is a panorama of the sunrise over the river’s surface. The furniture is simple, but swish, with leather bucket chairs, king or twin-size beds (depending on your party), and bedouin-style rugs. The main lodge building is open-walled under thatch. Here you’ll enjoy your meals and perhaps a game of mancala with your guide between safaris. The viewing deck is huge, so you can kick back with a drink and enjoy watching whatever creatures make an appearance. The swimming pool offers a welcome respite in the peak of the afternoon.
Lagoon Camp’s location means that you can enjoy the widest range of game viewing options,
including drives by open vehicle both day and at night, when a spotlight is used to see nocturnal creatures. You can also enjoy walking safaris, where your senses return to a primal state, piqued by every sound and smell of the bush. On these walks you are accompanied by a tracker as well as your guide, pausing to study tracks and learn fascinating facts about the flora and fauna. You can also enjoy cruising the Kwando River on the camp’s double-decker river boat, which is particularly good for bird watching and for viewing animals as they come down to drink at sunset.