Nestled among trees and raised above the papyrus of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the newly rebuilt Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge fits seamlessly into the landscape, its contemporary curved lines inspired by the pangolin and weaver birds’ nests. The rebuild with its organic structures has extensively reduced the camp’s footprint, re-using existing materials and converting to 100% solar power to have a lower impact on this unique eco-system.
The resulting new camp brings guests even closer to nature for a fabulous eco-luxury Okavango Delta safari second to none. Serene and close to nature, the camp is traversed by elephants and enjoys spectacular views over the Santanadibe River full of wildlife, while indulging guests with luxuries such as private plunge pools and cosy fireplaces.
Game drives and boat safaris explore grassy floodplains and waterways rich in birds and animals, and the option of a scenic helicopter flight or a dedicated photographic safari adds another dimension to an already unique experience.
The twelve new suites are designed as a cocoon of luxury, with fireplaces warming chilly winter nights and sparkling plunge pools on each raised deck for languorous summer afternoons. Big beds are positioned in front of wide sliding doors to watch nature as the day unfolds, and spacious rooms are decorated in earthy ochre tones. Ensuite bathrooms include an outdoor shower, where the simple luxury of a hot shower under a starry African sky has to be experienced.
There is Big Five game viewing with a difference here on the delta, where the contrast between the spreading waters and the dry grasslands attracts a wealth of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and antelope, and sometimes wild dogs, cervals and cheetah. Experienced guides share their knowledge on game drives, walking safaris and magical boat trips on the traditional mokoro, where crocodile and hippos can be observed and the prolific bird life enjoyed. The outstanding game viewing is complemented by the wonderful personalised service that &Beyond is known for, with delicious meals served in various locations around the camp, beside the swimming pool or at surprise picnics on a scenic river bank.