Botswana Sanctuary Safari
Featuring three camps including the ultra luxury Chief's Camp this safari has the highlight of the rhino's of Chief's Island. Flying between locations on this fully inclusive and exclusive trip makes it easy for you to enjoy this experience to the full.
3 x nights
Sanctuary Stanley's Camp
Set among ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighbouring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain. The camp is the home of our unique Living with Elephants interaction. Walking with these rescued orphaned elephants is an uplifting experience and one that will remain with you long after you’ve left.
WHY SANCTUARY STANLEY'S CAMP
Offers the unique Living with Elephants interaction
Located on a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve which means we can offer walking and night drives
Seasonal mokoro excursions available
Several active hyena dens close to camp
Traditional tented safari camp allows for an authentic safari experience
CLASSIC SAFARI CAMP
Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is built on a 260,000 acre private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta. This traditional safari camp has a large lounge area and dining area with incredible views over the floodplains in front of camp. The main area features a bar from where refreshing drinks are always served with a smile, a small library area and curio shop. From the swimming pool - a real treat after a hot day of game viewing - guests can watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah and sometimes catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs. Everything about Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is built to the highest ecological standards so that we don't damage this highly sensitive area.
TRADITIONAL SAFARI TENTS
The intimate camp features only eight safari canvas tents, each individually designed, furnished with African antiques that exude a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Each tent has a large wooden deck providing private areas where you can relax in a hammock while soaking in the surrounding sights and sounds or enjoy cocktails, before dinner is served in the spectacular dining mess.
LUNCH WITH ELEPHANTS?
Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee before indulging in a full English and continental breakfast before departing for your morning game viewing activity which could be a game drive, walking safari, mokoro excursion. If you decide to experience our unique elephant interaction activity you will enjoy a secluded bush brunch in the company of these gentle giants, Jabu and Morula - how many people can say they've had lunch with elephants in the bush? Afternoon tea is served just before your next game viewing activity and includes a delicious selection of warm scones, quiche's, biscuits and refreshing drinks. During your afternoon game viewing activity you might stop for sundowner drinks and snacks before heading back to camp for pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky. (at extra cost)
WATER LUNCHES AND PRIVATE DINNERS
As Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is situated on a private concession we are also able to offer tranquil water lunches (seasonal). Indulge in a freshly prepared buffet style lunch while sitting with your feet in the cool shallow waters of the Okavango Delta as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area and wildlife. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special private dinner by the pool, complete with lanterns and candles for a romantic night under the African stars. The standard and selection of all our meals are of the very highest quality, making it hard to believe that the camp is in the middle of the African bush.
Game drives are not typical here, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is set in a private concession which means we can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard. Tiny fireball eyes that seem to levitate through the air and reappear again in different trees are bush babies, just one of several different creatures to be found.
Our professional guides will show you the bush on foot. This is a chance to see the Delta from a different perspective, one that is up close and personal with the surrounding environment. Walks allow you to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. A walking safari is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.
The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while seeing eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression.
LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
Thousands of elephants migrate through the area and here, as at the nearby Sanctuary Baines' Camp, you can have an astonishing experience walking with elephants in the bush. These orphaned elephants have been brought up in the area by their guardians Doug and Sandi Groves. Every morning the elephants go for a walk around their home range, foraging for food and checking that all is well. A few people each day are able to accompany them on their walk through the bush and see the wilds of Africa through the eyes of an elephant - a truly uplifting experience that makes a lasting impression on all who share their time with the elephants. This activity includes a leisurely paced walk with the semi-habituated elephants, followed by a picnic lunch in their company.
This activity is at an additional cost. Please enquire for rates.
In order to avoid disappointment, pre-booking is recommended.
The activity is available to a minimum of two guests and a maximum of ten.
Children nine years and older are allowed to enjoy the activity with parents.
Please note the elephants are on annual leave from 15 January to 15 February each year.
SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT
These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a one turbine Bell Jetranger helicopter with 3 seats. This activity is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity, it's up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as these times usually provide the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.
3 x nights
Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Welcome to the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action and adrenaline and refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodelled luxury camp.
Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Retreats experience – here at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp we promise a unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.
WHY SANCTUARY CHIEF'S CAMP
Located on famous Chief's Island in the Moremi Game Reserve
Seasonal Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions available
Exclusive safari experience
Some of the largest suites in the area (141 - 620 m2)
Each pavilion features a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace plunge pool
The new Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, consists of two pavilions and features a private bar, boma, lounge and kitchen, all serviced by a private house-keeper, waiter, guide and vehicle
Consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure
All the main and public areas of the camp have been extensively refurbished in a 'safari chic' style including a newly designed bar and library area, the extension of the dining room and the addition of a pizza deck with pizza oven. A new orientation room where guests can learn more about the Delta before going on game drives has been added as well as a gym and kids play room.
When you visit Sanctuary Chief's Camp you'll see why Condé Nast Traveler consistently rates it as one of the top safari destinations in Botswana. The camp is part of the magazine's exclusive "Platinum Circle" in recognition of its inclusion in the prestigious Gold List for the last five consecutive years.
This award-winning camp re-opened on 1st June 2016 after an extensive rebuild and redesign. The 10 bush pavilions and luxury suite are some of the largest in the area (141 - 620 m2) and each feature a private dining area, a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace pool – all perfect for absorbing the surrounding plains and majestic African skies.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s sophisticated accommodation with natural hues and materials that complement the charismatic scenery and the first-class dining and wines, regularly earns rankings among the world’s top safari destinations from arbiters such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.
NEW LUXURY BUSH PAVILIONS
Spacious and breezy, at 1,500 ft2 (140m2) the 10 stylish bush pavilions are some of the region’s largest places to spend the night. Modern enhancements, such as airconditioning, as well as traditional fans, are among the cut-above amenities.
The bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors leading to outdoor showers and generous tubs are perfect for long, indulgent soaks. In the mood to dine alone together? Relax on your covered deck and look out for elephants, giraffes, buffalo and other wildlife as you enjoy the Camp’s excellent cuisine and wines.
NEW GEOFFREY KENT LUXURY SUITE
Utmost privacy and superlative comfort are assured from this 6,673 ft2 (620m2) suite, which sleeps up to six – with each guest treated like royalty, but with discretion. Named after the explorer Geoffrey Kent, and inspired by this award-winning photographer and polo-playing philanthropist’s intrepid travels, you can expect characterful interiors as well as a kitchen, indoor lounge, private boma (meaning a ‘safe enclosure’) and secluded deck areas. Included in the perks of this luxurious suite is superb service, which includes your own vehicle and dedicated guide, as well as a personal chef, waiter and a housekeeper.
Wake up early in the morning as your tent attendant brings fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate to your room - prepared just the way you like it. The rich aroma combined with the excitement of what sightings the African bush might offer today is enough to get anyone up and about. Before departing for your morning game viewing activity enjoy a scrumptious full English and continental breakfast. Upon your return to camp an early buffet lunch is served under the trees out on the deck of the main area. The menu includes a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, salads and freshly baked breads - all made here in the middle of the bush. Afternoon tea is definitely a highlight for most, the selection of cakes, warm scones and quiche to name a few is something most find hard to resist. Indulge and enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee or a refreshing ice tea before setting off for your afternoon game viewing activity.
SPECIAL SUNDOWERS AND PRIVATE DINNERS
Your afternoon game drive ends with classic sundowner cocktails and canapés at a specially selected spot. There are few things as spectacular as the sight of an African sunset, especially if you are also lucky enough to hear the call of a fish eagle, as yet another day comes to an end. Return to the camp for pre-dinner drinks around the boma area as you discuss the sightings of the day with friends and family. Celebrating a special occasion? We can arrange a romantic private dinner on your suite deck or by the pool area. Dinner might include a choice of starters such as cream of butternut soup with mixed crushed nuts or deep fried camembert with spiced strawberry dressing followed by a choice of mains such as grilled impala with port and chocolate sauce on roast sweet potato or pan fried kingklip with shrimp sauce on braised rice. How could anyone resist passion fruit and lemon pudding for desert or maybe you would prefer a fruit or cheese platter?
Our expert guides are always on hand to share their wealth of wildlife knowledge as you explore the Delta in modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives. The game viewing opportunities at Sanctuary Chief's Camp are awe-inspiring. On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. There are also healthy populations of wild dog. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. There are several local lion prides and leopards, genet cats and hyena are in abundance.
Mokoros, local dugout canoes, offer a different perspective of the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the 'river bushmen' or BaYei people. (Seasonal Activity)
SCENIC FLIGHTS OVER THE DELTA
These scenic flights involve flying west towards the permanent delta, exposing areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Choose between 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a single piston engine Robinson r44 helicopter with 3 seats. This activity is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity, it's up to you what time of day you would like to do the activity, however we would recommend early morning and late afternoon as these times usually provide the best light for photography. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking.
This activity is at an additional cost. Please enquire for rates.
Sanctuary Chief's Camp offers a range of spa treatments including body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments. Our treatment room uses products from the Africology line. Treatments may be booked at the reception with the camp manager or with the therapist. A full consultation will be held before every treatment.
3 x nights
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Chobe National Park, home to the world's largest remaining population of elephants.
Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 guest cottages, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.
WHY SANCTUARY CHOBE CHILWERO
Highest concentration of elephants in Africa on lodge's doorstep
Full service spa, including treetop treatment room
Sundowner cruises on the Chobe River in our customised boats
Families with children of all ages welcome
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero borders Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. This is a luxurious lodge with just 14 guest cottages and one romantic honeymoon suite; as well as the first full spa on the Botswana safari circuit.
LUXURY SAFARI LODGE
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. As well as the elephants for which the park is famous for. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.
Each of the 14 thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The en-suite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms.
ROMANTIC HONEYMOON SUITE
Our new honeymoon suite at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero features a private plunge pool and deck area where guests will be able to enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting). Guests booking this room will automatically receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms.
Meals at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero are all freshly prepared. The lodge prides itself on its personalised service and this includes your culinary preferences and needs. From the lodge’s hilltop position, enjoy far reaching panoramic views over the Chobe River and floodplain below while indulging in fine dining and exquisite cuisine.
A hearty full English and continental breakfast is prepared by Chef Phinias and served before departing for your morning game viewing activity. After experiencing the magnificent Chobe National Park you will be taken back to the lodge for lunch where you could make your own pizza or enjoy a delicious three course plated meal. Later in the afternoon the friendly staff serve afternoon tea with the Chobe River as a back drop before departing again for your afternoon game viewing activity. During your afternoon game drive or sundowner cruises you might stop for classic sundowner drinks and canapés - the only way to celebrate yet another beautiful African sunset! Enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace of the lodge before sitting down for a three course dinner. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special occasion? We could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky.
Botswana is well known for its mouth-watering beef so it is no surprise that Executive Chef Phinias's signature dish would be a Botswana beef fillet served with seasonal vegetables. Other dishes that have proved to be amongst guest favourites is grilled impala with port wine and chocolate sauce on roast sweet potatoes. Follow your meal with wine from our small air conditioned wine cellar which houses a variety of South African wines - the perfect complement to a delicious meal. A variety of vegetarian dishes are also available. Like most chef's, Phinias is passionate about his food and it's preparation, always taking the time to greet guests and find out more about their dietary requirements. His personal touch in this regard is much appreciated and he is regularly asked for his recipes by guest.
Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water's edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.
The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of one of our specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas - antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps - are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI CRUISE
Our new safari boat available from Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero can seat up to 18 guests and has a lower and upper deck, both featuring 360 degree swivel seats. The upper deck offers a great vantage point of the Chobe River and wildlife while the lower deck boasts a bar area and the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a scrumptious river breakfast or lunch. The boat offers a great exclusive and intimate alternative to enjoying the Chobe area especially for photographic enthusiasts.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero welcomes children of all ages and is the ideal choice for a family safari. A fence surrounds the lodge's perimeter and a whole host of children's programs and activities are available to keep the young ones busy. Our kids program includes guided walking safaris within the grounds of the lodge to collect pods, leaves and seeds and learn about tree identification, a "Safari hunt" with clues hidden away, kiddies croquet on the lawn, make your own pizza with the Chef and shortened game drives. Each child will also receive a back pack that includes a big five colouring book, colouring pencils, water bottle, torch and children's binoculars.
TOUR OF VICTORIA FALLS IN ZIMBABWE
Only an hour and a half's drive from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a great base from which to explore this great wonder of the world. The transfer time is approximately 1 ½ hours depending on border formalities. From here, the guide will escort guests around the Falls sharing some facts & history along the way. Sanctuary Retreats will supply raincoats during high water months when guests are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The walk is approximately 1½ hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at the various viewing points. Guests will also have the opportunity to do some curio shopping in the adjacent open-air markets before returning to Chobe Chilwero. Rates includes: Sanctuary Retreat Qualified Driver / Guide, Return Transfer from Chobe Chilwero to The Falls, Entrance Fees to Victoria Falls Rainforest, Guided Tour of The Falls and bottled water. Rate excludes Day Entry Visa Fee - Payable at the border upon entry, lunch, Any gratuity or items of a personal nature.
This activity is at an additional cost. Please enquire for rates.
Immerse in the local community and visit the Dipetsana Women’s Bike Shop. Set up through Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy, the shop employs five women, providing them with a much-needed income to care for their families. Through donations of used bikes, the Initiative not only supports the women, but offers the local community access to a vital means of transport. The women relish in the chance to give visitors a tour of their shop, and offer them the opportunity to partake in a scenic bike ride around Kasane. Guests then have the option to continue the tour to the neighbouring women’s basketry shop to meet the employees and learn about their craft. Follow this with a stop at the local CARCAL animal rescue centre ($5 entrance fee), which takes in injured animals and birds, with the core aim to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild.
RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND £STERLING RATES ARE BASED ON THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE TO THE US$
Includes Flights from Maun, in between camps and back to Maun.
All accommodation, all activities, all meals, all drinks, laundry and national park fees
US$6,530 OR £5,375 PER PERSON SHARING
Mid - Season
US$8,800 OR £7,210 PER PERSON SHARING
US$14,585 OR £11,960 PER PERSON SHARING
US$16,875 OR £13,825 PER PERSON SHARING
EVERYTHING FOR THE TRAVELER
INCLUDING FLIGHTS, ROAD TRANSFERS AND AIRSTRIP TRANSFERS
All Meals & Drinks
INCLUDING DRINKING WATER, LOCAL BEERS, WINES AND SPIRITS & SOFT DRINKS
Laundry and National Park Fees