NEW 5 NIGHT ELEPHANT PACKAGE

(OKAVANGO DELTA & CHOBE COMBINATION)

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.

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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. 

  

 

RE-OPENING SPECIAL OFFER!

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Sanctuary Chief’s Camp will re-open on 21 April 2010 after an extensive upgrade and extension of the camp’s main lounge and dining area. 

The lounge and dining area decking was extended and decorated with new furniture and covered by a new thatch roof. The boma area offers incredible views over the flood plain, perfect for evening dining and barbeque nights. In addition to this, the bar area and gift shop area have also been refurbished and extended.

The Okavango Delta flood waters have already reached Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offering guests the opportunity to experience the hugely popular mokoro excursion activity in the tranquil waters of the Okavango Delta…

In celebration of this the lodge is offering an exclusive special offer saving of $1840.00 per couple!

STAY 4 NIGHTS AND ONLY PAY FOR 3!!

Stay a minimum of 4 nights at the newly upgraded Sanctuary Chief’s Camp,

 in the exclusive Mombo Concession and only pay for 3 nights!!

 Valid for travel between: 1 May 2010 – 30 June 2010.

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)

 

Madikwe Collection PortfolioBuffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, Motswiri Private Safari Lodge, Thakadu River Camp, The Bush House, Tuningi Safari Lodge.

We are very excited to announce that Johnny Clegg is coming to Madikwe!!!! This extraordinary performance is going to take place on the 29th of May and the event is going to run as follows: On the evening of the 29th of May Johnny Clegg will perform in front of a small audience of Madikwe Collection guests in the Madikwe bush followed by a delicious bush dinner. The concert will be an informal talk/performance as Johnny Clegg is both a musician, anthropologist and raconteur and he incorporates songs into the story he is telling.

The weekend will be sold as a package that includes 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and game drives and the bush dinner and Johnny Clegg performance. Package prices are as follows: Tuningi – R9995 pps Motswiri – R7995pps Buffalo Ridge –R7495pps Bush House – R6995pps

Unfortunately children under 8 yrs will not be able to attend the performance (for safety reasons) but we promise to put something very special together for them and can offer a 50% discount if they are sharing with their parents.

NB: pps (per person sharing)

 

Lodge location: In the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, only 12km from Victoria Falls

Due to the rising water levels of the Zambezi River in Livingstone Sanctaury Retreats has on a temporary basis relocated the Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma treatment room to one of the Chuma houses where they will continue to offer guests relaxing treatments. Should the levels of the river continue to rise there might also be a need to close the main pool facility. All guests will also be briefed on arrival at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma.
 
Please note the lodge is way above the flood levels and all the usual activities are still on offer.
 
We will keep you updated on any further developments, so keep on watching this blog.

 

A SIGHT LIKE NO OTHER AT SANCTUARY SUSSI & CHUMA, ZAMBIA

During the Zambezi River’s annual flood season, February to May, the Victoria Falls is a jaw-dropping sight. Columns of spray can be seen up to 10 miles away as 550 million cubic metres of water plummet over the 1080 meter wide edge every 60 seconds, into a gorge over 100 meters below. One of the best ways of seeing the spectacular World Heritage site is from above. Guest staying at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma have the option of seeing the falls from a helicopter or micro light (at an additional cost).

LODGE INFORMATION

Location: In the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, only 12km from Victoria Falls,

Type: 1 exclusive upmarket lodge and 2 spacious two bedroom houses.

Fresh from an extensive refurbishment and in supreme condition, Sussi & Chuma lodge is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions, Sussi and Chuma. The lodge consists of 12 beautiful tree houses and two spacious two bedroom private houses, both of which take full advantage of their stunning river-bank setting.

Each of the 12 suites have a private viewing deck with en-suite facilities with air-conditioning, overhead fans, mosquito nets. The two bedroom houses are perfect for private use, ideal for families or small groups they are privately staffed and each with a private swimming pool.

Resident wildlife, such as hippopotamus and elephant, are likely to wander through the grounds at any time. Guests may enjoy a wide variety of activities – day and night game drives, a guided tour of the Victoria Falls from the Zambian Side, cultural Simonga village visit.