Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Chitabe Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana
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
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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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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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.
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.
Kelly Connor (Staff)
This lodge is an architects dream come true! Beautifully designed to look like a pangolin, no detail has been spared in the creativity that went into designing the rooms. Spacious with private decks that curl around your suite like the body of a pangolin, your time will be second to none. Besides the gorgeous rooms complete with a plunge pool for the hot days and a fire place for the cold nights, it is the game viewing and guiding that will exceed your expectations. I saw a mother cheetahs and her three sons (my first sighting of Cheetah ever) kill an impala! I also saw a leopard lazily hanging from an ebony tree as the sunsets and the moon shines above the tree as well as hippos and elephants and so much more. The rooms are lovely and the game viewing will knock your socks off.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
Having visited Sandibe for the first time back in 2007, when the mosquito nets were still an interesting shade of copper, and the rooms very different, I was keen to visit again. Sandibe closed for a year during which time it was completely redesigned and rebuilt - and opened with a flourish and a fanfare a few months back. When we arrived, we realised why! The main area has been transformed into what our guide described as a wooden pangolin - a vast, pale wood, curving structure with towering struts, myriad levels, a bar made of 700 individually designed curving slats of palest wood, and a stunning deck overlooking the waterways.
The rooms are smaller versions of the pangolin; each up on high stilts, with a huge wraparound deck and plunge pool in each, and a very contemporary design inside - each has a fireplace for cold Botswana nights in the wintertime, and the bifold doors open right out to the edge of the deck to keep cool in the summertime.
If we weren't impressed already by the redesign, the gameviewing at Sandibe surpassed all our expectations. We spent a spectacularly exciting day out - in the course of which we saw leopard on a hunt, a beautiful male lion, wild dogs (including a heavily pregnant female) hunting and surrounding a wildebeest, another male lion on a very pungent buffalo carcass, myriad elephant in the shallow waters of a lagoon feasting on the water plants there, and to cap it all off, a very young - but very bold - female leopard stalking impala on the way back to camp. As if that wasn't enough, our drive took us at midday to a beautiful spot on the banks of a lagoon, where elephant and hippo were wallowing lazily. Set up in the shade of towering ebony trees was a wonderful bush brunch! We were treated to ice-cold drinks, a comfortable bean-sofa on which to flop down, and, minutes later, bacon and eggs cooked over an open fire. A wonderful way to break the day! Sandibe really does live up to the expectations - an incredible lodge which wouldn't look out of place in an interiors magazine, and phenomenal game-viewing as well. Superb.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
I will always remember my stay at Sandibe as we had a magical game drive watching a leopard posing for about an hour in a tree above us and I got some fabulous photos. I have always been rather unlucky seeing leopards so this afternoon game drive was particularly memorable as he was so relaxed. We then had a fabulous dinner under the African night sky in the boma with many local dishes to try and then to top an incredible day off the staff came out of the kitchen to sing to us by the fire, which sent shivers down my spin it was so wonderful.
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 maximize 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!
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
Chitabe Concession, 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.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 2-hour international flight to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. From Maun it's a 30-minute flight by light aircraft to Chitabe airstrip. A Sandibe representatives will be awaiting your arrival with an open safari vehicle, ready to take you on a 45-minute transfer to the lodge.