Baines Camp is situated on a private concession neighbouring the Moremi and is superb for viewing all animal and bird species. Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, this low environmental impact camp has been built using commercially grown wood and recycled tin cans. The local community in Maun were invited to collect as many cans as they could, and paid a fee for every can collected. These cans were then incorporated into the camp buildings, forming the backbone of the structures.
Guests may explore by land and water, including at night to discover nocturnal species. The permanent water of the camp enables year-round floating safaris, atmospherically silent at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro, or faster in a comfortable shaded motorboat. A myriad of waterways, feathery beds of papyrus and animal species, large and small, are waiting to be discovered.
Sometimes there is no better way to tune into the bush than on foot, and walking safaris are a speciality at Baines, with skilled guides introducing the area’s natural wonders.
In the camp, each of the elevated suites features a spacious bedroom, with softly draped fabrics adding a romantic touch. The four-poster beds are fully mobile, giving guests the chance of sleeping under star-laden skies, and avid astronomers will delight in stargazing from the privacy of their own deck. The main area features an oversized deck for outdoor dining and views over the lagoon, as well as a swimming pool for a refreshing dip on a hot afternoon.
The five suites at Baines' Camp are opulent and luxurious, with en-suite facilities and four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Guests can request for their bed to be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted.
The minimum age for guests staying at the camp is 12 years. Although the camp welcomes children over 12 years, there are limited child friendly facilities available at the camp.
At the camp, there is a swimming pool which is very tempting to take a dip in to cool down in from the african sun. There is a wide wooden deck that surrounding the main dining and sitting room which provides the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present.
All the activities are wildlife based and expert guides accompany guests on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn’t see during the day time. Guides may also show visitors all the signs of the bush on exciting walks along the animal paths that surround the camp. They can show guests how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango or introduce guests to some of the 500 bird species that live at this confluence of habitats.
One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is on one of the locally made dugout canoes. This gentle and informative mode of safari is unique to the river bushmen, comprising three different tribes who made the Delta their home.
An extraordinary treat available at Baines’ Camp is the opportunity to go walking in the bush with semi-habituated elephants, the elephants ‘take’ guests on long walks.
When to travel
Botswana has a moderate climate with three fairly distinct seasons: from December to March is the rainy season, with warm temperatures and occasional thunderstorms. April to July is dry, with sunny days and the temperature at night beginning to drop - in June and July the nights can be very cold. From August through to October the weather heats up, with October's temperatures sometimes approaching 40°C. Generally the rains break in November.
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Location and directions
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Sanctuary Baines' Camp is located on the Boro River in a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, home to some of the most spectacular wildlife on Earth.
How to get there
The camp is accessible by air from Maun (15 minutes), Kasane (1-hour 30-minutes) and all other delta camps. Sanctuary Baines' Camp has its own airstrip which is located approximately 45 - 60 minutes from the camp depending on the water level in the delta. During higher water levels guests will be greeted at the airstrip and transferred by vehicle to the boating station, five minutes from the airstrip, before being transferred by boat to the camp. The boat transfer is about 50 minutes.