Lodge / Safari Updates


The beginning of December saw a thrilling transformation to Safari Adventure Company (or SAC as it is fondly called), when its name changed to  Wilderness Adventures

Safari Adventure Company has gone from strength to strength since its inception some five years ago, and Wilderness Safaris (WS) felt that it was time to express its spirit and its roots in one name. The spirit of adventure is a primary focus of WS, walking, driving, boating or just being in the pristine, wild places of southern Africa. However, the Co remains committed to their roots – that of protecting the wildlife while benefitting the neighbouring communities. In short, the operation remains the same as it has always been, it is just the name that they are changing!



Although over 80 fish species occur in the Okavango Delta, the species most sought after by recreational fishermen include tigerfish, nembwe with various other tilapia (bream) species and African pike. In the winter months fishing is not that productive due to cooler conditions. The summer months (Sept-April), when waters are warmer, offer far better fishing opportunities with the peak being October and November. A new fishing law prohibits fishing in Botswana in January and February for fish breeding purposes.

Catch and release is practised at all Wilderness Safaris and Safari Adventure Company camps. Whilst none of their camps in Botswana are sold as ‘fishing camps’ per se, they are able to offer this as an activity at the following camps: Banoka Bush Camp, Xigera, Jacana, Jao, Kwetsani, Tubu Tree, Little Vumbura, Vumbura Plains, Seba, Abu, Selinda, Zarafa, Savuti, Kings Pool and DumaTau. Only a basic supply of equipment is offered, so avid fishermen are welcome to bring their own equipment along.

Family Room At Banoka Bush Camp

The family suite at Banoka Bush Camp consists of two separate canvas tents on elevated platforms. Both rooms have separate entrances and their own bathrooms, with the children’s tent being a little smaller.

Since the camp’s opening, wildlife sightings have been excellent, including: pack of 14 African wild dogs with pups (a regular sight at the moment), herd of approximately 1 000 Cape buffalo, leopard chasing and catching a squirrel, pride of seven lion feeding on a young buffalo carcass, common waterbuck in camp, elephant and general game such as southern giraffe, red lechwe, spotted hyaena, common reedbuck and impala.

The camp also recently ran its first cultural village trip for enthusiastic guests.



Sanctuary Baines’ Camp now offers private “star baths” for honeymooners guests celebrating anniversaries and can be requested in advance during the summer months of the year, in addition to the already popular “sleeping under the stars” experience.

Guests returning from their night drive will be surprised with a romantic, star bath waiting on their viewing deck. Imagine soaking up the scenery of the shimmering waters of the Boro River while sipping sparkling wine under the stars.

The free-standing traditional Botswana-style zinc baths come complete with hot and cold water taps as well as environmentally-friendly Africology products. Mobile canvas screens ensure complete privacy.


Community Interaction With Batwa Pigmies

After frequent visits to the new Batwa Pigmy village in Bwindi, Leopold King, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp’s manager couldn’t help but be extremely amazed at the richness of their culture as well as their efficiency in navigating the forest. They zip through the foliage flawlessly, almost as if they had been purposely designed for that.

Sanctuary Retreats Uganda are proud to be associated with the Batwa Pigmy community. A visit to the newly established Batwa cultural village in Bwindi can be arranged for guests staying at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. This involves cultural interaction with the Batwa as guests visit a replica of their original forest lodgings and explore their ancient rainforest lifestyle as they share their tales, stories and myths…

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only camp nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda.



A Female Hippo Rescues A Wildebeest Calf!

There has been some rain in the catchment area of the Mara River, and the wildebeest crossings are even more dramatic.

Guests staying at the luxury Sanctuary Olonana recently saw an unforgettable incident, where a mother wildebeest managed to cross, leaving her calf in the strong current struggling to swim across. Nearby a female hippo was watching the struggle, and to the guests relief, came to the calf’s rescue, pushing it towards the river bank, assisting the young calf to swim across to its mother. The young gnu panted a bit, got up and ran to its mother, who was watching the whole drama unfolding!

Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara River, at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment close to where the famous last scene from “Out of Africa” was filmed. Located close to the border with Tanzania, the game concentration is high – and during the annual wildebeest migration, the action happens right on the camp’s doorstep.  The Mara is a fabulous place forseeing big cats as well as all of thebig five, a variety of plains gameand over 300 bird species.

Sanctuary Retreats Family Safari Special offer is available upon request. With this exclusive offer, any child under 16 years who shares a tent with his or her parents will stay for free!


yellow billed stork













The Delta is a haven for wildlife that is sustained by the year-round abundance of water and attracts stunning water birds.

It is the breeding time for  and many migrant birds such as the Southern Carmine Bee-Eater. The heronries have come alive with chirping young birds which are a treat to photograph! Bird enthusiasts can explore the delta waterways by motorboat, a birder’s paradise, especially for herons and storks in the breeding season.

Botswana offers some of Africa’s finest birding. November to March is the most productive time of year to see birds (when the number of bird species is at its highest with migratory species having arrived to join Botswana’s resident species).  The northern wetlands are the best places in Africa to see the near-endemic Slaty Egrets, the endangered Wattled Cranes and the huge Pel’s Fishing Owls and harbour an unrivalled selection of herons, storks and other egrets.



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