Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is a beautiful thatched lodge nestled between permanent water and grassy plains. It was built with a commitment to 'treading lightly on the earth'. Accommodation is in eight en-suite suites raised up on stilts.
At a Glance
Day and night game drives
Relax by the swimming pool
Sightings include rare species such as the red Lechwe and Sitatunga
In room massages are on offer
Enjoy one of the camp's famous bush breakfasts; set up overlooking a classic Delta waterwayAnna Hearn
The main area of camp is known as the Pangolin after the curving tiles which look like pangolin scalesAnna Hearn
Ask about taking a scenic helicopter flight over this incredibly picturesque part of the Okavango DeltaAnna Hearn
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is situated near a permanent channel of the Delta, offering a water and wilderness experience with the excitement of viewing big game on land in the game-rich Moremi Wildlife Reserve on a 270 square kilometer private concession. The Lodge is situated right on the southern tip of Chief’s Island, on the southern border of Moremi Game Reserve and within the Santantadibe River system.
The camp has recently undergone a full rebuild, and is now one of the most contemporary and original lodges in the whole of Botswana. Surrounded by forest, the unique chalets are styled in a fusion of ochres and tactile textures, with a curving outside mirroring the design of the main area. The chalets have bi-fold glass doors opening onto a wonderful deck with a plunge pool and exceptional views of the Okavango Delta wetlands and savanna. The design is nothing short of spectacular, and the rooms are raised on stilts to make the most of the views.
The central dining and sitting area is tucked under a towering canopy of trees, with a curving, flowing roof shaped like the armour of a pangolin. Here you'll find sunken lounges and quiet decks affording views across the waterways. The bar, on a higher level, is created from hundreds of strips of curving white wood, and leads to a long deck stretching out towards the waters - perfect for private dinners. A shaded swimming pool and well-stocked safari shop are close by. Pan-African dinners are prepared and served either around the fires which are lit in the cooler months, or outside under the stars.
The lodge’s prime location between permanent water and open plains means that guests can enjoy a variety of land wildlife activities in open 4 x 4 safari vehicles, and the game in this area is prolific, with wild dog, lion and leopard often being spotted. The guides work in a team of guide and tracker, and together ensure that the wildlife experience they give their guests is second to none.
The lodge has just eight intimate suites, each with en-suite bathrooms, twin hand basin, separate toilet and outdoor shower and dressing area. The cottages are airy with all windows covered in gauze to maximize views of the forest. Each cottage has an elevated viewing deck which is perfect for intimate candlelit dinners. To keep the rooms cool during the hot months there is air-conditioning above the bed, and to keep warm during the cold season there are wood-burning stoves in each room.
Children over 6 years are welcome. Children 16 years and older can participate in guided walks and mokoro activities. Childminders can be booked at an additional cost. Children aged 6 to 11 years are accommodated on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion. An extra bed can be arranged for a child sharing its parents’ suite. No more than 1 triple in camp at any one time.
The Lodge has a sitting and dining area with quiet decks offering spectacular views across the waterways. A shaded swimming pool and well-stocked Safari Shop are close by. Pan African dinners are prepared and served in the open boma that boasts a unique charcoal-cooled wine cellar.
Game drives take place twice a day in open-air safari vehicle, accompanied by an armed guide and tracker. Explore the floodplains, seasonal grasslands, woodlands, shrub lands and savanna areas of this magically beautiful wilderness area tracking the Big Five and many other rare and remarkable species.
Guests can also chose to explore the camp surrounds in the company of an armed and passionately knowledgeable guide with a fascinating interpretive bush walk. Alternatively at an additional cost you can take a scenic helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta to experience an aerial perspective of the waterways and floodplains beneath you.
Location & Directions
Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is set within a private concession of 8 000 hectares (19 800 acres) along the southeastern border of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve within the Okavango Delta.
When to go
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.