Thakadu River Camp
Madikwe Game Reserve
Thakadu River Camp consists of twelve suites, each with it’s own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River. The main camp comprises of an open plan lounge, dining and reception area, with the swimming pool, bar area and lapa offering views of the gully and river to the North. The decor of the camp shows a strong Afro-Asian Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stone, fibers, cloth, and carpets as well as metal and wood featuring prominently throughout the camp. The tents are large, spacious, and wonderfully decorated and appointed. Within the canvas frame, the interior is uniquely designed to incorporate a full bathroom. Each tent has a sliding door that opens onto a private deck overlooking the river.
The main camp at aha Thakadu River Camp is located between the Marico River and a small tributary of the Marico. The lodge comprises an open-plan lounge, dining and reception areas which are warm and welcoming and an oasis within the African bushveld. The attractive bar and pool area is the perfect spot to unwind and relax.
From the moment you arrive you will be delighted by the lodge staff’s warm hospitality and personal care as you enjoy the lush views of the gully and river to the north. The lodge has been carefully constructed to blend into its surroundings, with the use of wood and thatched roofs.A traditional lapa falls within a glade of natural riverine forest and is the perfect space to enjoy the panoramic views.
Oasis of the Kalahari
Mashatu is situated on the eastern fringes of the Kalahari Desert and water is its most precious resource. The sighting of the Mashatu camps in close proximity to water, and in thickets of vegetation, automatically locates the visitor into an enclave populated by birds and animals.
Mashatu Main Camp is an oasis among the undulating and seemingly endless plains of the wild. Burning torches at the camp’s entrance lure safari-goers home where they experience the embodiment of sublime hospitality.
WHY PHOTOGRAPHY AT MASHATU?
- Drying pools in the rivers attract flocks of storks and herons late in the rainy season (February – May).
- Excellent elephant sightings at the elephant hides and out in the reserve.
- Excellent birdlife for the bird photographers.
- Open landscape that makes for easy photographing of wildlife.
- Relaxed plains animals.
- Excellent and varied birdlife with many good perches in certain areas making good bird photography very possible.
- Excellent leopard sightings and photo opportunities.
- Good lion and other predators.
- Open landscape makes for easy photography with no distracting grass or thick bush.
- Dry riverbeds frame subjects well.
- Drying pools create fish traps attracting flocks of herons, stroks, etc.
- Wilderness area relatively close to the major cities.
- Good night skies and night photography.
- Outstanding guides.
A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE TRADITIONAL SAFARI EXPERIENCE
About Mala Mala
MalaMala promises the finest game viewing on the African sub-continent and regularly provides the subject matter for a veritable collection of international and local wildlife documentaries (including National Geographic). Many of these documentaries have won international accolades amidst critical acclaim. Several publications showcasing the treasures that make the property one of the most sought-after on any traveller’s itinerary.
No other destination can compete with the Lowveld’s pristine wilderness locations, which are legally protected from human interference. The region, larger than many independent countries, is home to the largest concentrations of free roaming elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, and literally hundreds of other species of wild mammal. Today this area is known to have the greatest diversification of animal species on the African continent. Over two hundred different species occur in abundance, whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds.
Okavango Delta Chiefs Camp
Heart of the Okavango Delta
About Chiefs Camp
Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action and adrenaline and refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodelled luxury camp. Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Retreats experience – here at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp we promise a unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.
Intimate and exclusive, Sanctuary Retreats properties are always set in outstanding natural landscapes. Here in this game reserve, thanks to soul-stirring perspectives from the private pavilions, the lounge deck and your dinner tables, you won’t ever miss the thrill of a viewing. As well as ensuring a distinct sense of Botswanan place, every encounter and activity feels authentic, thanks to the camp having been reimagined in keeping with local traditions and cultures – which is how we believe responsible tourism should be.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s sophisticated accommodation with natural hues and materials that complement the charismatic scenery and the first-class dining and wines, regularly earns rankings among the world’s top safari destinations from arbiters such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.
Stanley's Camp Okavango Delta
Heart of the Okavango Delta
About Stanley's Camp
Set among ebony and sausage trees, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighbouring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain. The camp is the home of our unique Living with Elephants interaction. Walking with a trio of orphaned elephants is an uplifting experience and one that will remain with you long after you’ve left.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is built on a 260,000 acre private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta. This traditional safari camp has a large lounge area and dining area with incredible views over the floodplains in front of camp. The main area features a bar from where refreshing drinks are always served with a smile, a small library area and curio shop. From the swimming pool – a real treat after a hot day of game viewing – guests can watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah and sometimes catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs. Everything about Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is built to the highest ecological standards so that we don’t damage this highly sensitive area.
The intimate camp features only eight safari canvas tents, each individually designed, furnished with African antiques that exude a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Each tent has a large wooden deck providing private areas where you can relax in a hammock while soaking in the surrounding sights and sounds or enjoy cocktails, before dinner is served in the spectacular dining mess.