Sanctuary Retreats Botswana



Duration: 5 nights

 Highlights of the Safari:

2 nights Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp

3 nights Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

 Attention elephant lovers! Always dreamed of getting up close to these gentle giants? Now you can with this package that combines an incredible elephant interaction adventure in the Okavango Delta with ChobeNational Park, home to the largest concentration of elephants inAfrica. Could you imagine being guided though the Delta by a fully grown elephant?

 Sanctuary’s new Heart of the Elephant package includes two nights at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta where guests have the unique opportunity to experience the surrounding scenery though the eyes of three semi-habituated elephants – Jabu, Thembi and Marula. Spend the next three nights at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero which bordersChobeNational Park, famous for being home to the largest remaining population of elephants in the world.

 This high season package includes the elephant interaction activity at a low season rate

Valid for new bookings made from 1 June 2011.

Valid for travel 1 June – 31 December 2011.



The South Luangwa National Park, where the new luxury walking safari camp Sanctuary Zebra Plains will be located, is known as one of the best game viewing areas in Africa and is nicknamed the crowded valley due to the concentration of wildlife in this 9060 km² national park. This seasonal camp will be open during the best game viewing months of June to October. During the day guests can expect incredible walking experiences and at night three course dinners with white linen, the finest silverware and lanterns providing the finishing touches. Explore the pristine and unspoilt wilderness of the South Luangwa with one of the country’s most experienced guides whilst staying in luxurious classic under canvas style tents. Book a stay at Sanctuary Zebra Plains for two before 30 April and the second guest’s stay is half price!

Sanctuary Retreats new luxury walking safari camp, Sanctuary Zebra Plains, in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has been voted one of Travel + Leisure’s “Hottest Destinations for 2011”. The new camp will be opening on 1 June 2011 offering guests the ultimate safari experience without forsaking luxurious comfort and personalised service.

BOOK A STAY AT SANCTUARY ZEBRA PLAINS FOR TWO AND YOUR PARTNER ONLY PAYS 50%, A SAVING OF UP TO US$825! This offer is valid for travel between 1 June-31 July 2011 for new bookings made between 1 February–30 April 2011.



Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp guide Alick Zulu and guests recently spotted a very unusual bird on a sandbank of the Lower Zambezi River. The sighting had everyone confused as they consulted their bird books, all eventually agreeing that the bird was the rare Eurasian Oystercatcher.

This bird is a rare visitor to Southern African coastlines between October and February. What makes this such a special sighting is that it has never been recorded inland in Southern Africa! Trevor Hardaker, a Southern African expert on rare birds, confirmed it was in fact a European Oystercatcher and that this was the first time ever in Southern Africa that the bird had been recorded away from the coast. What a fantastic sighting to finish the season in the Lower Zambezi with.

Sanctuary Zambezi Kulefu Camp will open again on 16 April 2011.


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!

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