Sanctuary 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.
Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee before indulging in a full English and continental breakfast before departing for your morning game viewing activity which could be a game drive, walking safari, mokoro excursion. If you decide to experience our unique elephant interaction activity you will enjoy a secluded bush brunch in the company of these three gentle giants, Jabu, Morula and Thembi – how many people can say they’ve had lunch with elephants in the bush? Afternoon tea is served just before your next game viewing activity and includes a delicious selection of warm scones, quiche’s, biscuits and refreshing drinks. During your afternoon game viewing activity you might stop for sundowner drinks and snacks before heading back to camp for pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky.
With abundant wildlife roaming the area and several active hyena dens close to the camp, game viewing at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp allows for an exclusive experience.
The Delta has an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, boasting vast congregations of elephant and buffalo, sightings of big cat predators, and even the endangered wild dog. Water crossings are part of the adventure and watching zebra standing belly-deep grazing is quite a sight to see. Venture out after dark on night game drives to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals like the bush baby, hyena and leopard.
Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ – all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of our traditional safari tented camp, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp.
This classic tented safari camp sits amidst 260,000 acres of untamed African bush in a private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta, bordering the southern sec on of the famous Moremi Game Reserve. The main area, a large tented lounge and dining area a ords magni cent views over the oodplain in front of the camp. Watch as big game march past; perhaps even catch a glimpse of the rare wild dog.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is also home of the unique elephant interac on ac vity in partnership with the Living with Elephants Foundation.
- Tradi onal safari camp with just 8 rooms allows for an authen c safari experience
- O ers the unique elephant interac on ac vity exclusively available to guests at Sanctuary Stanley’s and Baines’ Camp
- Located on a private concession – this means we can o er walking safaris and night drives
- The camp o ers land and water based ac vi es
- Complimentary Wi-Fi available in all the rooms
ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES
Each of the eight canvas tents at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp are individually designed but all have a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers of the nineteenth century.
Large wooden decks provide private areas for guests to relax in hammocks while enjoying your morning coffee or pre- dinner cocktails. Each ensuite tent offers features an indoor shower and is also equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan and in-room safe. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all of the rooms of the camp.
From the rim flow swimming pool, guests can watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000.
The camp also features a curio shop and electricity supply is a combination of silent packed generator and battery system.
GAME VIEWING AND ACTIVITIES
The game viewing around camp is thrilling. Water crossings are part of the adventure and watching zebra standing belly- deep grazing is a sight to see! Because Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to venture out a er dark on night game drives to see the nocturnal animals. Key wildlife include: lion, leopard, elephant, bu alo, cheetah, gira e, impala, zebra, wild dog, hyena, and hippo.
The following ac vi es are included in your stay:
Game drives: Enjoy game drives, spo ng wildlife from open-sided 4X4 vehicles, accompanied by professional guides. Because the camp is located on a private concession, guests have the opportunity to see animals up close on both morning and evening game drives to discover incredible nocturnal species.
Mokoro excursions: The Okavango Delta is ooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow Delta channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while watching the surrounding wildlife. (Subject to water levels). Generally mokoros are available January to October but can’t be guaranteed.
Elephant interac on ac vity: Sanctuary Retreats and non-profit charity Living with Elephants invite you to explore Africa from an elephant’s perspec ve. Guests are able to enjoy the incredible experience of walking with three orphaned elephants in the bush brought up in the area by their guardians Doug and Sandi Groves. Every morning the elephants go for a walk around their home range, foraging for food. A few people each day are able to accompany them on their walk through the bush and see the wilds of Africa through the eyes of an elephant – a truly upli ing experience that makes
a lasting impression on all who share their me with the elephants. This actvity which is about four hours includes a leisurely paced walk with a trio of semi-habituated elephants, followed by a picnic lunch in their company. We recommend pre-booking. The activity is a minimum of two guests and available to children 9 years and older. Please note the elephants are on leave each year from 15 January – 15 February. (Pre-booking is essential.
Breakfast, lunch, a ernoon tea, snacks during ac vi es and dinners are all included in your stay. Breakfast is served before the morning game ac vity. During your morning game viewing ac vity, co ee, tea and a selec on of scones and biscuits will be served out in the bush. Lunch will be enjoyed back at the camp. A ernoon tea is served just before the a ernoon game ac vity and o ers a selec on of cakes, sweet and savoury treats, tea, and co ee and fresh fruit juices. A ernoon and evening game drives include classic sundowner cocktails and canapés at specially selected spots before returning to the camp for pre-dinner drinks and dinner. Roman c private dinners on your room deck or by the pool can be arranged upon request. With prior no ce, our camps are able to arrange halaal meals, however, please note our kitchens aren’t strictly halaal and our chefs are not trained in halaal food prepara on. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange kosher meals.
Meals typically consist of the following:
Breakfast: Con nental and full English Breakfast
Lunch: Table d’Hote, with a variety of choices, one being a vegetarian Dinner: Table d’Hote, 3 course meal with 2 to 3 choices, one being a vegetarian
Green season usually begins in late November and lasts through early March. This season has hot sunny days with occasional a ernoon thundershowers cooling down the surrounding area. Average daily temperatures range from 20°C-38°C. The dry season runs from late May to early October. In winter (June–August) temperatures can plummet as low as 0°C at night with a daily maximum of around 26°C-28°C.