Fodor's Expert Review Thamo Telele

Maun, North West, Botswana

Recently rebuilt, renovated, and renamed, this giraffe-themed camp (formerly Royal Tree Lodge) is the closest you will get to a safari camp in Maun. In addition to the giraffes, which are being sensitively habituated by resident zoologists, you can walk or ride on horseback among zebras, wildebeests, kudus, elands, gemsboks, impalas, and ostriches. Nine comfortable and vibrant en suite, air-conditioned tents on decks are adorned with playful giraffe patterns and feature indoor claw-foot baths and outside showers. Two larger thatched chalets provide a slightly more cosseted option. Meals are taken on the scenic patio, shaded by leadwood and bird plum trees. There is enough to occupy two nights here if time allows and the sunset giraffe activity promises to be a unique not-to-be-missed wildlife experience.


  • Horse riding available
  • Chance to get up close to giraffes
  • Only Maun accommodation with wildlife


  • More expensive than most alternative options
  • 30 minutes' drive from airport
  • No desk in tents




Phones: 27-21-001--1574-in South Africa


11 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive, Rate includes walks, 1 horse ride, and 1 massage

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