Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Chief's Island, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
At a Glance
Located on Chief's Island, the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, and now a unique reserve
A luxury camp with some of the largest suites and pavilions in the area
Each pavilion has a private deck and its own plunge pool, perfect for relaxing after a day's adventure in the bush
Try a mokoro excursion - travel along the Okavango Delta in a traditional dugout canoe to get up close with hippo and crocodile
The area contains a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five and rare predators such as the African painted dog
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Botswana’s winter is May to October when the weather is hot during the day (not stiflingly hot) and cold at night. Botswana's summer months (November to April) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.
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Sanctuary Chief's Camp is an exclusive bush lodge on Chief’s Island in the exclusive Mombo concession of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Refined and sophisticated, the lodge offers luxury accommodation as well as fantastic game viewing.
Once the royal hunting grounds of Chief Moremi, Sanctuary Chief's Camp has been reformed and remodelled, now sitting in a unique reserve in Botswana's Mombo concession. One of the largest islands in the Okavango Delta, Chief's Island is home to a large concentration and wild variety of wildlife, for which it is renowned. Guests will have the opportunity to spot the 'Big Five', as well as the rarer predators such as African painted dog, and over 500 species of bird.
Built using natural, local materials, Sanctuary Chief's Camp blends in well with its surroundings, and provides a spacious main lodge as well as a collection of luxurious private bush pavilions. Each of the ten pavilions is extremely spacious, and offers contemporary touches, such as air conditioning, to add to the luxurious experience of the camp. Pavilions overlook the Okavango Delta, and bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors, ensuring even your relaxing bath or outdoor shower will offer spectacular views. Private covered decks provide a comfortable outside space where guests can take a dip in the plunge pool, or enjoy an intimate dinner while keeping an eye out for elephant, hippo or buffalo in the surrounding area.
For those looking for a more secluded and exclusive experience, the Geoffrey Kent Suite is a spacious residence sleeping up to six guests. The perfect space for families, the suite comes with two en-suite bedrooms, each offering its own private deck and plunge pool. Guests staying in the suite will have their every need catered to, thanks to the dedicated team of personal chef, waiter, housekeeper, and personal guide with private vehicle.
The main lodge at Sanctuary Chief's Camp is comprised of a bar and library, dining room, and a large deck perfect for spending warm evenings swapping stories with fellow guests. The lodge has a main, central pool, and a well-equipped gym for those looking to keep active. Alternatively, guests can rest and rejuvenate in the spa, which offers a range of treatments from facials to hot-stone massage and 'Africology' body therapies.
Game drives are the main attraction at Sanctuary Chief's Camp, with such a wide variety of wildlife to track in the area. Customised 4x4 vehicles take guests on morning or afternoon drives, in search of the 'Big Five', giraffe, cheetah, and many more. For a more traditional experience, guests can venture out on the Delta in mokoro, traditional dugout canoes, for a chance to get extremely close to hippo, crocodile, and any other animals that may be wallowing in these unspoilt waters.
Sanctuary Chief's Camp has ten private bush pavilions, as well as one luxury suite. These are some of the largest guest rooms in the area, each offering a private deck, plunge pool, and peaceful outdoor seating area. Natural materials ensure the accommodation feels at home in its surroundings, and a sophisticated décor helps to establish Sanctuary Chief's Camp as a luxury property.
Measuring 140 sqm, the bush pavilions are spacious and extremely comfortable. Floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors provide bathrooms with fantastic views, and outdoor showers offer guests a chance to feel extremely close to nature! Private covered decks contain plunge pools and outdoor seating areas, where guests can dine in secluded comfort.
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At 620 sqm, the Geoffrey Kent Suite sleeps up to six guests for the ultimate luxurious safari experience. This expansive area includes a kitchen, indoor lounge and private boma. Each of the two en-suite bedrooms has its own private deck and pool. The suite comes with its own staff, including a dedicated guide, housekeeper, personal chef and waiter.
Children aged six and over are welcome at Sanctuary Chief's Camp. The children's retreat is a dedicated area to entertain the camp's young guests, where children can learn about the nature around them, enjoy fancy dress, and play table football or games on the PlayStation.
Meals at Sanctuary Chief's Camp are all freshly prepared to the highest standards. Enjoy a buffet lunch under the trees on the main deck, followed by afternoon tea with delectable cakes and scones. Sundowners are the perfect way to end an afternoon game drive, and then sit around the boma for pre-dinner drinks with your fellow guests. Finally enjoy a fantastic dinner cooked in the very heart of the bush.
The Okavango Delta is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the Big Five, hyena, giraffe, African painted dog and over 500 species of bird. Game drives in customised 4x4 vehicles provide guests with the chance to spot as much game as possible, and traditional mokoro excursions offer a safari experience from a different perspective. Mokoro are dugout canoes, which will take you through the channels of the Delta in search of hippo and crocodile wallowing in the lagoons and streams.
Sian Frost (Staff)
Chiefs is a brilliant camp in the Moremi which is a superb game viewing area. Being in the National Park but in their own Private Concession they do have to follow the National Park rules such as no walking, night drives etc but being in their own Concession you get the benefit of being in a quiet area so you don't tend to see many vehicles - only the ones staying in the lodge. The newly renovated camp is gorgeous, looking out over a flood plain with a really nice pool area and lots of areas to sit and relax. Make the most of your complimentary foot massage!
Meg Shepro (Staff)
Chief's is a luxury lodge in the heart of the bush with the excitement of resident game in an environment designed for comfort. The big open rooms give you plenty of space to stretch out and settle into your new home away from home. This five star accommodation will have you wishing you could spend more time on chiefs island.
Boat safari in the Okavango Delta
Travel through the waterways of the Okavango Delta on a boat safari, exploring the papyrus reeds and hippo habitats with your guide. The smooth ride offers a soothing alternative to time spent in a vehicle. Always subject to water levels.
Fishing in the Okavango
Fishing trips offer visitors to Botswana an opportunity to enjoy a different safari experience. In many areas the fishing is fantastic, you'll also enjoy fantastic wildlife and birdlife over your time on the water. NB not available within national parks.
Game Drives in Botswana
Viewing wildlife from a vehicle is the best way to get up close to big game. Allow your professional safari guide to cover ground to guarantee you some unforgettable sightings in Africa's premier safari destination.
Game drives in the Okavango
One of the best ways to see the big game of Botswana's Okavango Delta is on a game drive with a knowledgeable guide. Explore in open-sided vehicles to maximise your viewing opportunities, this is a truly wildlife rich environment.
Helicopter ride over the Delta
The Okavango Delta is a vast patchwork of deep-water channels, shallow lagoons and date palm islands, fringed with the ubiquitous papyrus reeds. A doors-off scenic helicopter flight is an exhilarating way to take in these sights and a real treat, too!
Mokoro trips in Botswana
Botswana's northern safari areas are full of water channels just waiting to be explored. Larger boats can be used to explore the wider channels but for the aficionado, mokoro trips into the smaller channels are a real treat. Always subject to waterlevels
Walking Safaris and Nature Walks
Walking in the African bush with a professional safari guide is a fantastic experience. Enjoy a completely different perspective on foot than from a vehicle.
Location & directions
Chief's Island, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Sanctuary Chief's Camp is located on Chief's Island, within the Moremi Game Reserve. The game reserve is at the heart of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.
How to get there
Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta, which is an 11-hour international flight from London to Johannesburg, followed by a 2-hour international flight. Sanctuary Chief's Camp is accessed by a 25-minute flight from Maun to the camp's airstrip, followed by a 40-minute transfer.