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!


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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.




Sanctuary Retreats presents a walking safari like no other. Now you can explore the pristine wilderness of the South Luangwa – the home of the walking safari – with one of Zambia’s most experienced expert guides, whilst enjoying luxurious tent accommodation and fine dining. This is the ultimate bush adventure by foot, without forsaking personalised service or comfort.

The concentration of wildlife around camp is simply awe-inspiring. On the plains zebra, antelope, buffalo and puku congregate in vast numbers alongside endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra and Cookson’s wildebeest. Predators such as lion, leopard and the elusive wild dog are often seen tracking their quarry and the rivers and tributaries are teeming with hippo, elephant and crocodile. A safari by foot also ensures that one can see many of the 400 species of birds found in the area as well as the rarely seen but fascinating “Little Five” (rhino beetle, buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise and ant lion).

Sanctuary Zebra Plains is located in a particularly beautiful and untouched area of the South Luangwa, perched on a sand bank at the confluence of the Luangwa and Chibembe Rivers. There are just four traditional tents – two doubles and two twins. The camp accommodates a maximum of six guests, allowing for an intimate exploration of the South Luangwa. All tents have real beds, campaign furniture, mosquito nets, en suite facilities and flush toilets. Water for al fresco showers is mixed to your preferred temperature by a tent attendant. The main mess tent has a dining area although most of the meals will be served in the open in carefully selected vantage points. There is also a small library and bar area.

This is a seasonal camp operating from June to October each year and will open for the first time on June 1, 2011. Sanctuary Zebra Plains has been designed to leave the lowest possible carbon footprint and will be packed up completely each year with no trace that it was ever there between seasons.

In order to fully explore the South Luangwa, guests will spend three nights at Sanctuary Zebra Plains with set departures on Monday or Thursday. There is an option of combining  combining a walking safari with a stay at Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp or Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, also in the park. These permanent properties offer morning and evening game drives, the perfect complement to Sanctuary Zebra Plains.

Rhino Sightings In Xakanaxa, Moremi Game Reserve

For four days around 16th August this year, Rhino tracks were found along the road at Jessie’s Pools near Xakanaxa Camp! Guests staying at Xakanaxa Camp said they had seen it as they flew into the camp the day before. This comes as very exciting news and shows that the Rhino release efforts are bearing fruit and the animals are spreading around the Okavango Delta area.

In 2001 the first four white Rhino were released into the Moremi Game Reserve with funding from Tusk Trust. A further 22 Rhino arrived as a result of a swap between South Africa and Botswana called ‘rhino-for-roan’. Unfortunately in 2003 the project suffered a setback when two rhino were killed by poachers. Within a week security was upgraded, the poachers were caught and three new rhino were released. Since then more than 23 calves were born in the reserve since 2001 and there have been no further losses. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ Anti-Poaching Unit has been providing security and monitoring the rhino on a daily basis, as well as recording GPS positions through a radio transmitter which is implanted in the horn of the animal.

Currently the focus of the project is to bring in more black rhino in order to form a healthy founder population in the Okavango Delta. The team hopes that the rhino will begin reproducing and expanding their range into parts of Botswana where they have not been seen in many years!

Rhino distribution is largely influenced by the availability of water, food and vegetational cover. During the rainy season they are often in areas which are difficult to reach, due to flooding. With more rhino sightings, game viewing should be very exciting in Xakanaxa!!

Xakanaxa Camp has special rates for SADC residents which are available upon request.