Sandibe Safari Lodge

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Sandibe Safari Lodge

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.

We Love
  • One of the best wildlife experiences in the Delta with day and night safaris, as well as bush walks
  • Close to Moremi Game Reserve, so better chance of spotting the Big Five than most other Okavango lodges
  • Situated on the edge of the Delta’s permanent waterways, with a lot of dry land for walks and drives
Need to Know
  • The lodge is scheduled for an upgrade and will be closed from January to June 2014.
  • No single supplement is charged for the first two single rooms of a booking. Any additional rooms will be levied with a 50% supplement.
  • Conservancy & park entrance fees are not included in the above mentioned rates where applicable - these are charged per 24-hour period

The Review

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.

Wildlife
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.

Why Stay
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.

Experience
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.

Getting There

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.

 
Sandibe Safari Lodge Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Sandibe Safari Lodge

Okavango Delta
Earthy ochre tones with tactile textures celebrate the natural beauty of the setting. Gaze out onto the Santanadibe River from your king size bed or watch light play on water from your private raised deck. Enjoy the morning outdoor shower in the warm luxury of the sun.

Rating                               Classic Camp
Type                                 Safari Camp
No. Rooms                         6 classic tents
Max Occupants                   16 guests
Occupancy/Tent                  2 (plus one child 16 years and younger)
Interests                            Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                             Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                       Visa and Master Card

Electricity & Water
The camp has 220v AC. Please note that the generator is generally switched off overnight; with prior notice the camp is able to provide 24-hour electricity for guests with special requirements. Guests are urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Policies

Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives ro mokoro activities
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children aged 16 and over can participate in nature walks.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment can be made by cash (US Dollars,
    British Sterling), Visa and MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     11:00 AM
    Suggested stay:   1 night

 

Okavango Delta

Renowned for its abundant wildlife, the Okavango Delta and the areas surrounding Sandibe are home to a large number of species, including many predators, as well as a number of species adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog may be encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands.  

One of the most common antelope in the Okavango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for the swampy conditions. Its splayed, elongated hooves give it a sure footing in muddy conditions, allowing it to inhabit the outskirts of the permanent swamps. With an incredible wealth of species, the Okavango is also a haven for birding enthusiasts. One of its most sought after species is the huge but elusive Pel’s fishing owl, which roosts in the densest evergreen thickets. A quintessential African sound, the haunting call of the fish eagle can be heard echoing over the channels.


When to go

Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Winters (from May to September) are dry and cool and nights can be chilly. The rainy season is from late December to late February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers; average rainfall is approximately 500mm / 20”. Best time to travel is all year round.

Temperature    
Summer: Average of 18˚C to 32˚C / 64˚F to 90˚F, although temperatures can rise over 40˚C / 104˚F
Winter: 8˚C to 21˚C / 46˚F to 70˚F

Currency  
US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
The Okavango Delta is a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken.

All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp. Extensions are available for up to three months. You may be asked to show an onward air ticket or proof of sufficient funds for your intended stay.


Getting There

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.

Light aircraft transfers have 15kg luggage restrictions in soft, squashable bags plus 5kg of hand luggage. The size of the cargo pod of a Cessna 206, which is generally used on inter-camp transfers, is 72cm wide and 29 cm high. Travellers going for safaris are advised not to take hard suitcases as they will not fit on light aircrafts.

Chitabe Airstrip Coordinates:         
GPS Coordinates    S 19˚27.268’    E 023˚18.027’
Camp Closure        Open Year-round