Natural Selection opens Delta lodge

Natural Selection has opened Tuludi in the Khwai Private Reserve in the northern reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Each of the seven tents covers 60sqm with king size or twin beds, lounge area and dressing room. The textiles are by Ardmore, while handmade chandeliers feature dip-dyed rings of high thorn and jacaranda wood. Each room has its own bespoke piece of art featuring the flora and fauna of Tuludi by artist, Sarah Kelly. A spacious deck features a hanging chair and a private plunge pool, while the bathrooms include double vanities and an outdoors shower and bath.

The main area is dominated by a handmade, mosaic tiled bar made by artist, Sarah Pryke, of Fragments of Africa, featuring the iconic birds and mammals of the area. A tree top library is set high in the canopy, complete with a slide linking the library back down to the ground level.

The camp overlooks a natural wetland with a steady flow of plains game, buffalo, giraffe, elephant and predators making the journey to drink right in front of camp, year round. Furthermore, the ecosystem at Tuludi comprises both savannah and floodplain. The area around Tuludi is home to a resident leopard family who are being monitored as part of the Khwai Private Reserve’s partnership with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives and mokoro trips.

Meals are home-cooked and hearty and served a la carte, with flexible and varied menus to suit all tastes. From freshly baked pastries to a cooked breakfast spread, brunch is a relaxed experience after a morning game drive. Dinner is a la carte, served under the stars.

The Khwai Reserve is a community-driven concession in partnership with the local communities and the Khwai Development Trust. 1.5% of all revenue Natural Selection generates goes directly to conservation projects in the areas where it operates. In Khwai, Natural Selection has partnered with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust to collect data on the leopard population on the fringes of the reserve. It also works with the Okavango Research Institute to develop new investigation and development techniques that will be used by land managers and researchers across Botswana. Natural Selections has also partnered with Coaching for Conservation, an outreach programme for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, which fosters self-respect, respect for each other and respect for wildlife and the environment. Not only will Natural Selection support its work in rural areas, but will also create visitor “classrooms” in the lodges where young visitors from overseas can partake in this integrated children’s conservation programme.

Rates at Tuludi start at US1,020pppns. The rate is inclusive of full-board accommodation, house drinks and all safari activities.