If you’re after a large body of open water with an abundant food supply then you’re a fish eagle. Or a tourist trying to find your way to Audi Camp. Keep going. 12km out of Maun, through the bushes, by the river, it’s there. The eagle has landed. It’s got a restaurant, a bar and the same name as Namibia’s national bird. In the local lingo.
Audi Camp is on the road to the Moremi Game Reserve. Pitched beside the Thamalakane River. Close to Maun town. So close you can sometimes hear the beat of partying drums and the odd rowdy chicken. Honestly, they can really lose it when they party. That’s poultry for you.
Loads of choice here.
Two camping site options - one with power points, one without. Both with open air shower and toilet blocks to share. There’s security at night and hot water. This can be temperamental.
Pre erected dome tents with stretcher beds. These are old school explorer style. You share ablutions with the campers.
Next are the mini merus (those atmospheric A-frame tents) which have proper beds, electricity and a fan. Bed linen is provided and you too share the ablutions. You get breakfast included with this option.
Then there are the luxury ensuite tents. Large meru tents on raised wooden decking with a view through the trees that gives you a slither of river. Comfortable beds, electric lights, your own fire place and cooking area.
Finally you can stay in the house. You can take it over if you want. It sleeps 10 and there’s a kitchen, shower, bath and toilet. You can also book it by room and share the amenities.
Restaurant and bar is open 7am-10pm - you can buy drinks for your safari too; there’s a rustic pool which is amongst the trees and overlooks the river; on site mechanic and workshop to give your car a spa treatment if needed.
The guides here are well known locally and know their stuff. The camp began life as a patch of ground to pitch a tent 25 years ago and now they’ll take you on safaris to Moremi, Chobe, Kalahari and the Salt Pans.
Or go on a mokoro trip into the Okavango Delta from the local village. Morutsa has had strong links with the camp for decades.
The camp crowd can also help you organise horse riding, scenic flights, cultural village tours and helicopter rides.
And if it’s the fish eagle you’re after, you can go on a guided bird walk or just look up - they’re often spotted in camp. They’ve got a distinctive and haunting call and like to mate for life. They’re also such successful hunters it only takes them 10 minutes a day. You can hang out with them the rest of the time.
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