SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP In Africa’s Predator Capital
Chief’s is a haven of luxury and tranquility; a private tented suite camp on an island in the Moremi Game Reserve, where you might enjoy grilled impala before recounting your adventures over drinks around the campfire. Wake to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee before heading out on a game drive or mokoro ride on still, sunlit waterways for a new day’s wildlife encounters. In the afternoon, you can relax with tea and homemade cakes during a presentation on rhino conservation by rangers working to track and preserve these armour-plated survivors, which are making a comeback in Botswana’s wildlife reserves.
KANANA CAMP, Come home to the Okavango
There’s something about walking into Kanana Camp that makes you feel at home. Maybe it’s the relaxed atmosphere created by guides and staff, so the heart of Kanana beats to the gentle rhythm of Botswanan hospitality. The camp, too, is quite traditional in style, overlooking the Xudum River which winds its way through a necklace of islands dotted with palm trees.
Kanana is a place to enjoy the seasonality of the Okavango – come in January and the landscapes are dry with herds of antelope, zebra and buffalo roaming open grasslands amid summer thundershowers. Return in July and those grasslands are transformed into broad lagoons glinting silently beneath a cloudless sky. But no matter how peaceful the setting, in this idyllic natural theatre you witness the struggle for mastery among ferocious cats and the unending battle of wits between predator and prey.
XARANNA, An oasis of comfort
Xaranna is set on a vast exclusive wildlife reserve in the southern Okavango Delta. This outstanding camp provides a classic Okavango safari. Each suite, with its private pool, daybeds, couches and luxurious bathroom seems to have somehow landed amidst this exquisitely wild setting without disturbing a blade of grass.
One result of this is that the wildlife too feels at home at Xaranna. Imagine wandering outside to a discreetly positioned outdoor shower only to notice that an elephant has decided to cool himself off with the refreshing water from your private pool! The diverse topography surrounding Xaranna allows for a variety of safari activities as you explore the reserve on game drives and walking, as well as water-based safaris subject to water levels.
BAINES’ CAMP, Walk and talk with the animals
Baines’ Camp is a fine example of Botswana’s ability to provide a thrilling safari experience while respecting and conserving the age-old habitats and behaviour patterns of the wildlife. After a few days tracking leopard and lion in the heart of this watery paradise, you can enjoy the privilege of following in the purposeful footsteps of two particular elephants.
Doug and Sandi Groves have devoted the last 30 years to caring for orphaned elephants. You can spend an unforgettable few hours with them as they introduce you to Morula and Jabu who were saved from culling operations. Doug and Sandi take you walking with these gentle giants as they amble through their pristine Okavango home, pausing to wallow in a mud bath or tear a branch from a sausage tree.