Sanctuary Retreats has announced the opening of the new Sanctuary Retreats Chief’s Camp in Botswana in June 2016, with 11 new stylish pavilions.
The camp, which is Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, has been rebuilt to create a new, luxurious contemporary safari camp in one of the best locations in Africa.
Consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Africa and renowned for exceptional levels of service and customer experience, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located on Chief’s Island in the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, recognised as the ‘predator capital of Africa’ and known for its outstanding game viewing, making it the ultimate safari destination.
The spacious new pavilions (which have tripled in size from the original rooms at the camp) have incredible views over the surrounding Okavango Delta, which can be enjoyed from each pavilion’s private pool or from the tranquil outdoor seating area. Bathrooms – which come complete with floor to ceiling windows and folding glass doors – also have a spacious outdoor shower and an indulgent, large bath tub, perfect for soaking in after a day’s game viewing
The 620-square-metre Geoffrey Kent Suite, named after the African safari pioneer, can accommodate up to six guests. The suite is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for the utmost privacy and comfort and offers two pavilions, a private kitchen, indoor lounge, private boma with fire pit, secluded deck area, a private vehicle with its own guide, a private chef, personal waiter and a private housekeeper.
Commenting on the opening of the camp, Pieter van der Schee, Global Director Sales & Marketing for Sanctuary Retreats said, “We believe Sanctuary Chief’s Camp now takes the luxury safari experience in Botswana to new levels, with fabulous rooms, a superb location and exceptional service, game viewing and guides. As with all our camps and lodges in Africa, we have worked with local craftsmen and authorities to minimise the impact on the environment and to offer our guests natural luxury that respects the local surroundings.”
The main and public areas have been decorated in a ‘safari chic’ style including a new bar and library, the extension of the dining room and the addition of a deck with pizza oven. An orientation room where guests can learn more about the Delta before going on game drives has been added as well as a fitness centre and ‘Children’s Retreat’.
A solar farm, which is one of the largest in Botswana, has been built to help minimise the impact of the camp on the local environment. Charl Badenhorst, Operations
Director for Sanctuary Retreats in Botswana, explains, “We wanted the camp to use renewable energy sources and, after careful consideration, the decision was made to build our own solar farm for the camp. This will supply the majority of energy for the camp.”
The solar farm combines solar panels with battery banks to provide effective solar power. This allows the camp to use direct energy from the sun during the day and store energy for use at night ensuring that guests have use of electricity at all times.
Botswana continues to grow in popularity as a safari destination and was tipped by Lonely Planet as one of the ‘Hot Destinations for 2016’. This year also marks its 50th year of independence. September will see Botswana hit the big screen with the launch of a high-profile film ‘A United Kingdom’ which tells the story of Botswanan Prince Seretse Khama, who later became Botswana’s first democratically elected president – starring Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton and Laura Carmichael.
Prices at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp start from ￡805 per person per night. This price is based on two people sharing and is inclusive of meals and drinks, scheduled game activities, transfers to and from Chief’s airstrip and Park Fees.