Sandibe Safari Lodge
Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana
Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana
Awaken to the sounds of animals, laugh at the antics of baboons and squirrels over breakfast, and spend your days exploring mazes of papyrus and golden, grassy floodplains. Connect with the remote landscape of Africa in this serene, earthy camp, where little separates the comfort of the warm interiors from the haunting beauty of the natural spectacles outside.
UNLEASH IT: WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ELEPHANTS NEAR YOUR LUXURY LODGE.
Tucked away beneath a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees, Sandibe Safari Lodge looks out onto the Okavango Delta through a maze of brilliant green papyrus. Situated on a private concession, Sandibe has exclusive traversing rights over 22,500 hectares (55,600 acres) of wildlife land adjacent to the Moremi Game Reserve.
A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and fertile floating islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honeybadgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose.
The beautiful organic architecture of the thatched lodge blends seamlessly with one of Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes. Each thatched ensuite cottage features an open-air shower, allowing guests to feel part of the forest. Walls are airy screens, admitting the refreshing Okavango breezes, and the cottages are furnished in a fusion of ochre and tactile textures, from leather and silk to rough-hewn wood. Private decks are idyllic vantage points onto a birdwatcher’s paradise.
The dining area deck under the tall trees offer views across the wetlands and savannah grasslands. The shaded swimming pool is a refreshing oasis for a cooling dip. At night a constellation of candles illuminates the boma with its al fresco banquet and fine wines from the charcoal-cooled cellar. Alternatively, private decks provide a romantic setting for an intimate dinner for two.
A typical day starts with morning tea and discussion with your guide about what you hope to see that day. Set out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of your guide. Explore the floodplains and grasslands of the Delta in search of the Big Five, encountering large herds of elephant and buffalo or elegant sable and roan antelope.
Return to the Camp for hot breakfast dishes, a quick siesta and lunch. Later afternoon, set out in search of wildlife once again, stopping to marvel at the spectacular sight of the setting sun casting a golden glow on the floodplains and Delta channels. Dinner under African skies.
Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the easiest route into Botswana. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or directly to Kasane Airport. From Maun, it is a short flight by light aircraft to Kasane Airport, where guests are welcomed by staff. From Kasane, approximately an hours drive in an open safari vehicle completes the journey to the camp.