Sandibe Safari Lodge lies in a private concession of 8000 hectares and borders the south eastern part of the famous Moremi Wildlife reserve. Situated in the unique Okavango Delta, guests will be treated to views of the magnificent waterways and an abundance of wildlife. Its placement close to the Moremi reserve means that guests will have a better chance of spotting the Big Five. Mornings start with glorious breakfasts where guests are frequently entertained by playful baboons and squirrels close to the camp.
The serene, earthy camp allows guests the chance to experience the remote African wilderness safari, while still providing a luxurious stay. Covered by a canopy of wild palms, eight cottages peek out on the edge of the Delta’s waterways to provide magnificent views. Guests can enjoy quiet time in hammocks or catch some sun on the wooden deck alongside the pool. Guest areas provide comfortable couches while the open sides in the sitting areas make for unobstructed views of the scenic beauty on show. Aside from the scrumptious food on offer in the dining areas, guests will often see animals just a few metres away, while the boma is perfect for star gazing around a fire.
This Botswana lodge offers eight luxury thatched cottages which will astound guests as they camouflage the area. All of the cottages have en-suite bathrooms and private decks which overlook the Santantebi River. A large outdoor shower allows you to enjoy a refreshing and unique start to your morning.
The rooms are spaciously set out and decorated in flowing silk and luxurious leather. Woven mats, copper and rough-hewn wood finish off the earthy, African feel. In an attempt to leave the entire area unharmed by the building of this lodge, it was erected in a natural clearing, and any saplings that needed to be removed were transplanted into the surrounding forest. To leave as little impact on the environment as possible at this Botswana Lodge, a quiet generator and solar power are used for electricity, while air-conditioners are not available.
Game Drives Safaris
Guests will have the opportunity to track down and see the Big Five in two daily game drives that are both exhilarating and educational. Drives are done in an open-air safari vehicle along with an armed guide and a tracker. The landscape explored during these Okavango safaris includes the floodplains as well as the seasonal grasslands, woodlands, shrublands and the savannah. Aside from the exciting predators and large herds of Elephant and Buffalo, other sightings such as the semi-aquatic lechwe and sitatunga antelope are just as majestic. Night game drives are exceptionally exhilarating as guests enjoy spot lit trips into Africa bush where they will see the animals that come to life after sunset.
Guests can enjoy leisurely walks in the surrounding area of the camp to see the Delta at face level. Visitors will be accompanied by an armed guide who will provide you with interesting information and fascinating stories. The walks are also ideal for birding and guests could even catch a glimpse of the elusive Pels fishing owl.
Cruise out to the Delta’s network of channels on a traditional dugout canoe called a mokoro. Being in the company of experienced guides, guests can look forward to learning about the intricate details of the Delta. The clear waters also allow guests to spot a decent variety of fish, colourful frogs and hippos. Birders can look out for weavers, warblers and the malachite kingfisher. Fisherman can enjoy fishing trips at Sandibe Safari Lodge, but only during fishing season (1 March to 31 December).