An intimate lodge located on a 250-ha private game reserve
Set on the outskirts of Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, Thamo Telele is based on owners Jerry and Jana Lackey’s passion for Botswana. The Lackeys are stewards of the Thamo Telele Private Reserve and founders of the Love Botswana Outreach Mission, an organisation that creates life-changing programs to uplift the local community. The name of the lodge means ‘long neck’ in Setswana, a reference to the lodge’s resident giraffe herd. Nestled near the Thamalakane River, the lodge can accommodate up to 22 guests with enough space for relaxation. Guests can enjoy spotting plains animals, giraffes, and the myriad bird species that frequent the surroundings.
Best time to go to Botswana
Botswana's climate ranges from arid to semi-arid and is marked by hot and rainy summers, usually between November and March. This ‘green’ season is the best time to spot migrating birds, predators, and baby animals. However, many lodges in the Okavango Delta close during these months, so do check before you book. The dry season, between April and October, is the prime time to spot animals as they frequent water sources. This is also when the Delta floods, making it a great time for water-based activities. These months are a fantastic time to visit the salt pans, which will be dry from about June to September.
Luxury Tented Suite
Each of the 9 Luxury Tented Suites are on raised wooden platforms with hardwood floors and bright interiors. The suites all come with twin beds that can be converted into doubles, an en-suite bathroom, an outdoor shower, and air-conditioning.
The 2 air-conditioned Honeymoon Chalets are private and romantic, with superior king-size canopy beds adorned with soft white linen and plump pillows. The en-suite bathrooms each have a large bath, double basin, and an outdoor shower.