Learn all about the Okavango Delta on game drives from Sanctuary Chief's Camp.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp | Okavango Delta Luxury Botswana Safari Lodge

Trace the steps of Chief Moremi via game drives or mokoro excursions at his former hunting grounds of Moremi Game Reserve. From scenic flights to indulgent spa treatments and gourmet cuisine, at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp the royal treatment comes standard.

The place

We land at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s airstrip, feeling excited to have seen the Okavango Delta from above, and our lodge’s 11 pavilions fanning out from its central location on Chief’s Island. We’re at the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the private Mombo concession. Created by seasonal flood waters, it’s the largest land mass in the delta. It’s renowned for some of the best game viewing in Botswana, and in fact, as our driver John tells us, the area is known as the predator capital of Africa. True to form, just a few minutes into the short drive to the luxury Botswanan safari lodge, we spot two female lion sleeping in the shade of a jackalberry tree.  

We land at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s airstrip, feeling excited to have seen the Okavango Delta from above, and our lodge’s 11 pavilions fanning out from its central location on Chief’s Island. We’re at the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the private Mombo concession.

Created by seasonal flood waters, it’s the largest land mass in the delta. It’s renowned for some of the best game viewing in Botswana, and in fact, as our driver John tells us, the area is known as the predator capital of Africa. True to form, just a few minutes into the short drive to the luxury Botswanan safari lodge, we spot two female lion sleeping in the shade of a jackalberry tree.

 

The room

We arrive at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, invigorated by our first wildlife sighting. Set beneath a canopy of mixed woodland, it forms a horseshoe facing south over the Piajio floodplain. John points out some of the species that can be seen grazing, including the endangered white rhino.We follow John along a sandy pathway to our room, which is elevated on a wooden platform with canvas walls under a thatch roof. Our room is restfully-coloured with creams, whites, mahoganies and a touch of green, while the dark wooden floors are punctuated by semi-antique furniture. While my partner starts organising the writing desk, I fling myself onto the softly-yielding four-poster bed, and flick through a magazine. A discreet knock announces the arrival of our luggage, and I start unpacking into the open-sided wardrobe, which lights up so I can easily see what I’m doing. Meanwhile my other half decides to have an outdoor shower, leaving me with the difficult choice of a shower in the en-suite or a leisurely soak in the tub.

We arrive at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, invigorated by our first wildlife sighting. Set beneath a canopy of mixed woodland, it forms a horseshoe facing south over the Piajio floodplain. John points out some of the species that can be seen grazing, including the endangered white rhino.

We follow John along a sandy pathway to our room, which is elevated on a wooden platform with canvas walls under a thatch roof. Our room is restfully-coloured with creams, whites, mahoganies and a touch of green, while the dark wooden floors are punctuated by semi-antique furniture. While my partner starts organising the writing desk, I fling myself onto the softly-yielding four-poster bed, and flick through a magazine.

A discreet knock announces the arrival of our luggage, and I start unpacking into the open-sided wardrobe, which lights up so I can easily see what I’m doing. Meanwhile my other half decides to have an outdoor shower, leaving me with the difficult choice of a shower in the en-suite or a leisurely soak in the tub.

What sets it apart

The staff at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp know how to make you feel special – like royalty even. Perhaps it’s because the area was once Chief Moremi’s royal hunting reserve, or maybe it’s just the desire to be outstanding, but whatever they do, they do it with aplomb. They were also very informative, sharing all kinds of details about the delta that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a guide book; indeed, the orientation room was a wonderful touch.Swapping tales of derring-do – while sitting under the African night sky enjoying cocktails in the fire-lit boma, or at the fun pizza evenings – was another undoubtable highlight. It’s wonderful to know that the other guests were as thrilled as us to encounter a rarely-seen rhino, or an unusual bird.We loved that we had every opportunity to enjoy the views of the surrounding landscape too; whether at the pool, our suite’s private lookout over the floodplain or even in our bathroom, we never missed a moment’s action.Finally, we were taken with the fact that camp staff built one of Botswana’s largest solar farms, and that the camp is run on the renewable energy generated. Plus, camp profits support many community upliftment projects, and the essential rhino relocation.

The staff at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp know how to make you feel special – like royalty even. Perhaps it’s because the area was once Chief Moremi’s royal hunting reserve, or maybe it’s just the desire to be outstanding, but whatever they do, they do it with aplomb. They were also very informative, sharing all kinds of details about the delta that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a guide book; indeed, the orientation room was a wonderful touch.

Swapping tales of derring-do – while sitting under the African night sky enjoying cocktails in the fire-lit boma, or at the fun pizza evenings – was another undoubtable highlight. It’s wonderful to know that the other guests were as thrilled as us to encounter a rarely-seen rhino, or an unusual bird.

We loved that we had every opportunity to enjoy the views of the surrounding landscape too; whether at the pool, our suite’s private lookout over the floodplain or even in our bathroom, we never missed a moment’s action.

Finally, we were taken with the fact that camp staff built one of Botswana’s largest solar farms, and that the camp is run on the renewable energy generated. Plus, camp profits support many community upliftment projects, and the essential rhino relocation.

At a glance

  • Luxury lodge with a swimming pool, spa and safari shop. It has 10 spacious guest pavilions and the six-sleeper Geoffrey Kent luxury suite (each with private pools).
  • Private concession, flexible schedules, private vehicles available (additional cost), individual dining and private dining available. The Geoffrey Kent suite comes with a private vehicle, a personal guide, chef, waiter and housekeeper, premium drinks, a private boma and swimming pool.
  • Game drives, spa treatments (additional cost), mokoro excursions and scenic flights (additional cost).
  • Children of six years and above are welcome. Children’s activities and retreat available.

  • Luxury lodge with a swimming pool, spa and safari shop. It has 10 spacious guest pavilions and the six-sleeper Geoffrey Kent luxury suite (each with private pools).
  • Private concession, flexible schedules, private vehicles available (additional cost), individual dining and private dining available. The Geoffrey Kent suite comes with a private vehicle, a personal guide, chef, waiter and housekeeper, premium drinks, a private boma and swimming pool.
  • Game drives, spa treatments (additional cost), mokoro excursions and scenic flights (additional cost).
  • Children of six years and above are welcome. Children’s activities and retreat available.

Prices

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

  • Not only do African safari lodge prices shift with the seasons, they also change based on your length of stay, room type, travel party composition, special offers, if your trip involves stays at sister lodges – and for more reasons besides.
  • It’s worth noting that depending on your itinerary, your lodge cost will make up about 75–85% of your total safari trip cost.
  • Our safaris are tailor-made to match your personal safari dream, we’d be delighted if you’d allow us to create a bespoke proposal for you.  Simply enquire now – our quotes are complimentary and obligation-free.
  • However, to help you get an idea of safari lodge prices we’ve created three safari-lodge categories with various price ranges, to find out more click here.

When to Go

This is peak safari season – and, from end July, peak flood season. The in-creeping waters, which fall as rain in Angola in the previous summer – bring new life to northern Botswana. Confusingly, you’ll see much more water in this cooler, drier season. Fresh early mornings and evenings pair with warm days for a pleasant winter climate, and the encroaching waters reduce the land available, concentrating the wildlife. Animals are also easier to spot, as the vegetation recedes due to lack of rain. Water-based activities complement the more conventional game drives and guided walks, especially when the water depth peaks.

Botswana’s summer or green season is traditionally quieter, meaning you’re even more likely to have pristine swathes of wilderness to yourself. As the heat builds up, so too do the clouds, resulting in short but sharp afternoon electric storms. The bush bursts into life almost overnight: plants grow rapidly, many baby animals are born (and many are taken by predators) and migratory birds arrive en masse. As the flood recedes, floodplains become accessible again, expanding the reach of game drives. It’s a busy time for the wildlife, and a beautiful time to visit.

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