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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp – Voted #1 Safari Lodge in Botswana by Travel + Leisure

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has received a coveted “World’s Best” award from Travel + Leisure as one of the top resorts and camps in Africa and the number one safari lodge in Botswana.

The survey asked readers to rate properties on the basis of location, rooms/facilities, service, restaurants/food and value. This year “the spirit of exploration prevailed,” says Travel + Leisure editor in chief, Nancy Novogrod. “It’s clear that travellers are looking for encounters with the natural world.”

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp lies on Chief’s Island, one of the many islands created by the seasonal floodwaters of the Okavango Delta. The camp is tucked away in the exclusive Mombo Concession, part of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. This is the predator capital of Africa and the game viewing is awe-inspiring: lions, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackals abound, as do elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is particularly famous for its wild dog population, the area surrounding the camp is one of the last strongholds in Africa. The concession is also a paradise for ornithologists, boasting over 500 species of birds.

“Seeing is believing,” as one might say. And visiting the Camp is possible, thanks to the special offer currently running till end of December 2010! From as little as P 1550.00 per person! MORE DETAILS ON THIS INCREDIBLE OFFER AVAILABLE HERE.

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Selected Top Luxury Accommodation

Botswana is undoubtedly a very beautiful country with a lot to offer to the tourist market. There are so many lodges to choose from. Whatever you are looking for, there is something for the discerning traveller.

People travel for various reasons. Some travel simply for the sake of travelling and mainly look for a place to rough it a bit, as long as they are guaranteed to see a lot of game! – after all that’s what they came for. While on the other hand, others look for exclusive luxury accommodation. To them, it doesn’t really matter if they see wildlife as long as the level of luxury comprises things like real beds, down pillows, pure cotton sheets, Persian rugs, bone-handled silver cutlery, damask table linen, private plunge pool, to name just a few. A bonus will be if the comfortable and tasteful spacious luxurious safari tents are tucked away amongst trees, each with a private terrace and veranda from which animals are viewed.

A good question might be ‘what does an upmarket lodge really mean?’ On a personal note, luxury accommodation should comprise the following:

 – yes, good location where there is amazing wildlife all year round

 – exclusive luxury accommodation

 – excellent service

 – value for money, there is no point in forking out a lot of money only to be disappointed with the results!

Below is a list that I have compiled on some of the most beautiful and fascinating lodges/camps in some of the most breathtaking, picturesque parts of Botswana. There are still so many lodges to mention but, for now, these will do. Please note that they are not arranged in order of preference.

CHOBE GAME LODGE

Situated within the Chobe National Park, in the extreme northeast of the park commonly known as Chobe River Front. The only lodge situated within the Chobe National park. Lodge in an area home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. Accommodates up to 94 people. 47 river-facing rooms, air conditioned with overhead fans, en-suite bathrooms. 4 river view suites, each with own plunge pool and lounge area. All rooms have complimentary stocked mini bars and tea and coffee making facilities. Large swimming pool with terrace. In-house beautician. Gym. Morning/afternoon game drives. Boat cruises. Fishing. Golf Course in close proximity to the lodge. Victoria Falls 1.5hrs drive away from the Lodge.

JACK’S CAMP

Located in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. Area has the elusive and rare brown hyaena. Spacious and stylish canvas tents. 10 tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers. Mess Tent with Natural History Museum, Library, antique pool table. Plunge pool and a larger swimming pool housed in a beautiful tent. Walk with a gang of habituated, yet wild meerkats. Walk with Bushmen Trackers for a cultural experience. Morning/afternoon game drives. A visit to Chapman’s Baobab, campsite of Livingstone & Selous: one of the three largest and oldest trees in Africa.Quad biking across the pans. In summer, experience the spectacular migration of zebra and wildebeest  – the second biggest in Africa, and the last remaining in Southern Africa.

 KALAHARI PLAINS CAMP

 Situated in a remote part of the diverse and productive Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Located in the largest conservation area in the country and one of the largest in the world. The area is well known for the legendary Kalahari black-maned lion as well as some of the world’s best cheetah viewing. Offers some of the best summer wildlife viewing opportunities in Africa. Unique topography. 10 en-suite canvas units with a sleep-out above each. Private en-suite facilities.100% solar powered. Swimming pool. Game drives. Interpretive Bushman walks. Visits to Deception Valley or even further afield for more game viewing opportunities.

 KHWAI RIVER LODGE

 Overlooks the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.  Predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. Spa body treatments on offer. 14 super luxury tents set on raised deck, with en-suite facilities. Each tent air-conditioned with ceiling fan, mini bar, private viewing deck. One of the tents is a private suite with private plunge pool, private guide and game drive vehicle. Large swimming pool, with deck. Small gym. Morning and afternoon game drives. Guided walks. Optional cultural tour of local village.

 KING’S POOL CAMP

 The camp overlooks the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and the Linyanti River to the north. Area famed for its large herds of elephant. 9 well-appointed tented rooms with thatched roof bathrooms. Plunge pool and sala in each unit. Each en-suite bathroom is tiled with separate toilet, double vanity and basin, shower – and an outside shower.Lounge, dining room and pub areas. Communal Pool.Day and night game drives. Game walks. Seasonal boat cruises. Game viewing hides.

 MOMBO CAMP

 Situated on Mombo Island, adjoining the northern tip of Chief’s Island, within the Moremi Game Reserve. It is one of the camps in Botswana that lives up to its ‘six paw’ status again and again. The game and birdlife is prolific all year round. Large concentrations of plains game occur in front of the camp. Resident massage therapist available. 9 luxuriously furnished tents, raised off the ground. Well appointed canvas rooms with en-suite facilities, additional outdoor shower. Plunge pool.Morning and afternoon game drives.

 NITANI PRIVATE GAME LODGE

 In the northern reaches of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, on the banks of the Majali River. Meals prepared in open view for individualised menus.
Special wedding sites. Permanent water holes where one can watch animals from comfort of their room. 5 luxury suites. Private en-suite facilities with private plunge pool. Wellness Centre. Fully stocked safari boutique. Game drives. Astronomy. Bush dinner. Bush walk. Private dinner or lunch.

 VUMBURA PLAINS CAMP

Vumbura concession north of Mombo, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. One of the few areas in the Delta where one can spot the rare Red Lechwe and Sable Antelope on same game drive. Resident massage therapist available. 2 x 14 bedded satellite camps linked by raised walkways. Each camp has its own dining and bar area. Each suite has spacious bedroom with en-suite facilities, shower, flush toilet and outside shower. Each suite has its own plunge pool and sala. Day and night game drives. Nature walks. Mokoro trips. Boat excursions. Great birding opportunities.

 The Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa, covering some 75,000 hectare. The rich diversity of vegetation ensures a wide range of game and the topography offers ideal game viewing opportunities. The reserve is situated against the Botswana border, 90 km north of Zeerust, just three hours’ drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is now one of South Africa’s prime safari destinations. It is very close to Pilanesberg National Park and the world renowned Sun City.

Madikwe is regarded as one of the finest conservation areas in Africa, offering the ‘Super 7’, adding cheetah and the endangered African wild dog to the already famous ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, both white and black rhino.  along with almost all the plains antelope species. Plus brown hyena, sable, eland, gemsbok, giraffe and large herds of plains game and plenty of birds.

The reserve is becoming ever-increasingly popular perhaps due to the fact that it is in a malaria-free zone, which makes it a popular destination for families travelling with small children. There are 30 lodges on the property, and six lodges in the private farms outside the main reserve.

Click here for current MADIKWE SPECIAL OFFERS.

Botswana is one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. Here are some of the major reasons collected from tourists who have had the privilege of visiting the beautiful country and why they still consider coming back.

1. UNSPOILT WILDERNESS

Botswana practices a low tourist impact, and with its exclusive tourism policies, the wilderness attractions are largely unspoilt. Thus visitors are guaranteed a wonderfully unique safari adventure.

 

2. UNLIMITED WILDLIFE

Botswana houses herds of wildlife within its national parks and game reserves and is home to the largest population of elephants in the world. 17% of Botswana is set aside for wilderness preservation.

 

3. WHEN TO VISIT

There is no “best time” to visit Botswana as the different seasons all offer completely different experiences! Travel to Botswana is the ultimate game viewing experience no matter when you visit. Unfettered by fences, its wildlife is breathtaking.

 

4. DIVERSE EXPERIENCES

Botswana offers a wide variety of activities for almost everyone; FROM wildlife experience in the form of mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe), motorised boats, 4×4 open vehicles, interpretive game walks TO golfing, hot air balloon safari, fishing, birding, hunting, horse back safari, elephant interaction, scenic flights, cultural interaction.

 

5. A WIDE RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION

Botswana offers a variety of accommodation from luxury, fly-in camps or lodges to simple bush campsites. A variety of luxury lodges and camps allow visitors to experience the diversity of Botswana’s wilderness areas.

 

6. ACCESSIBILITY

Botswana is easily accessible from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and even Kenya! and has good infrastructure.

 

7. THE OKAVANGO DELTA

The Okavango Delta in Botswana, is the world’s largest inland delta – a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels. During Botswana’s dry winter months, the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from miles around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.

 

8. THE KALAHARI

The Kalahari is an extensive national park of Botswana making it the second largest game reserve in the world. The Central Kalahari is probably at its most enticing during the hot and wet season. At this time, the beautiful inter-dune valleys become lush with vegetation, attracting thousands of springbok and gemsbok. You’ll also find good numbers of ostrich and giraffe, herds of wildebeest, excellent cheetah and the Kalahari’s famous black-maned lions.

 

9. THE ART GALLERIES OF TSODILO

The Tsodilo Hills, which is located in the Okavango Panhandle, is a world heritage site, a sacred site of the Stone Age San. The Hills is the richest rock art site in southern Africa and have over 4,000 catalogued paintings.

 

10. BIRDLIFE

 The country is a birdlovers’ paradise with almost 600 species of birds including many unique and rare species which can be seen throughout the country. Offers superb birding in some of the greatest wilderness areas. an exciting array of aquatic and terrestrial species.  From the world’s biggest bird (the Ostrich) to the heaviest flying bird (the Kori Bustard) to the most numerous of all birds (the Red-billed Quelea), Botswana has a truly impressive variety and quantity of bird species.

 

 

 

Spectacular game viewing in Savute

One of the great mysteries and fascinations of Savute in northern Botswana is its famous channel. It is the channel and its water, which explains the fantastic abundance of game that can sometimes be seen at Savute. However, the channel does not always flow and therein lies its great mystery.

The Channel is NOW sparkling with water after nearly 30 years of lying dormant! It runs a distance of over 100 kilometres, flowing from the Linyanti River, through a gap in the Sand Ridge, past Savuti Camps that are built around the channel, to its final destination, the Savute Marsh in the Mababe Depression, in the middle of the Chobe National Park, where it will empty its water.

The Camps experienced the majestic waters in what was once dry beds and small, yet well frequented waterholes. Guests can surely expect breathtaking views of animals that come to drink from the respective waterholes.

view from campThis is undoubtedly promising to bring great game viewing opportunities in a place that is renowned for some of the most fascinating wildlife interactions in Africa.

Some of the camps one can visit include Savute Elephant Camp, Savute Safari Lodge, Savuti Camp.

Spend 2 or more nights in this remarkable area to enjoy the scenery and/or combine your stay with other places of interest to fully experience the beauty and wildlife of Botswana!

image courtesy of boo george

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