NEW RATES FOR AFRICAN RESIDENTS

Sanctuary Retreats now offers incredibly reduced rates for residents across Africa!

From as little as P 1550.00 per person per night

For more details click on this link Botswana’s Exceptional Safari.

 

Sanctuary Retreats camps are spectacularly located in some of truly unspoilt areas spread out across Africa, with the highlight this time being on the ones in the beautiful Botswana. Sanctuary Retreats has a collection of luxury safari lodges in  the Okavango Delta, Chief’s Island and Chobe National Park, which are arguably the most important areas for game viewing in Botswana. The properties are perfectly located in secluded and pristine wildlife-rich areas with amazing game viewing opportunities. Each area offers a unique experience and game viewing opportunity and as such it is always advisable to combine your stay with various lodges for a comprehensive Botswana experience.

One good thing to note is that Sanctuary Retreats is offering reduced rates for those who stay in Africa and would ‘love‘ to visit Botswana for an affordable trip of a lifetime (proof of residency is required). This is a good opportunity to visit their camps and make use of this special offer.

Sanctuary Retreats camps in Botswana:

Okavango Delta (Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp & Sanctuary Baine’s Camp),

Chief’s Island (Sanctuary Chief’s Camp)

Chobe National Park (Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero)

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HISTORY OF MOREMI GAME RESERVE AND XAKANAXA CAMP

LOCATION: In the beautiful Moremi Game Reserve, set on the banks of the Khwai River on the Xakanaxa Lagoon.

Moremi Game Reserve is unique in that it is the first wildlife sanctuary created by an African tribe, the BaTawana, in their own area. Chief Moremi III had started discussions to establish the Reserve and after his death, when the Reserve was proclaimed, the tribe was governed by his wife, as his son Kgosi Tawana was too young to rule at the time. Today he is the rightful chief of the BaTawana and a director of Moremi Safaris.

Xakanaxa Camp was the very first camp within the Moremi Game Reserve. As far back as the 1960s it was established as a crocodile hunting camp by Bobby Wilmot, as it was the easiest access point to the great lagoons and channels of the Delta in close proximity to Maun. This exact spot was also used by the current owner of Xakanaxa Camp, Wolfgang Burre, in 1968 when he first started exploring the Okavango Delta.

Later Doug Skinner converted the camp into a very rustic fishing camp and Wolfgang became his partner in 1982, as he had fallen in love with the area many years before. When Doug Skinner left for England in 1988, Xakanaxa Camp was entirely taken over by Wolfgang, who slowly made it to what it is today.

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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.