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Botswana Safari

Stanley's Camp

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephant in front of guest tent at Stanley's Camp
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Set in an amphitheatre of Ebony and Sausage Trees on the southern tip of Chief's Island, in 260,000 acres of untamed African bush, Stanley's Camp accommodates only 16 visitors. Bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve this private concession is located by definition in seasonal delta. The flood waters arrive in June, though there is often navigable water all year round due to the presence of the Mboro River. The beautifully-appointed tents evoke an atmosphere of "classic Africa," with hand-crafted beds, antique furniture and oriental carpets combining to create surroundings of colonial-era luxury.  Stanley's Camp and it's sister property, Baines' Camp, are owned and operated by Sanctuary Lodges & Camps.

This intimate camp is gathered around a large sitting and dining area which affords magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. This is one of the best places in the world for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000.

Accommodation            For images of Stanley's, click Stanley's Images
Stanley’s is a small luxury camp consisting of 8 classic styled safari tents raised on wooden decking. The delicately appointed tents exude classic Africa; handcrafted beds dressed with the finest linen, antique furniture individually selected and oriental carpets that transport you to early 19th century Africa.

Each unit offers en-suite facilities, a private balcony and is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, and in-room safe. The camp also provides a torch as well as complimentary mosquito repellant & toiletries.  Hammocks and Morris chairs on the decks are perfect for relaxation in the African sunshine.

The main building is raised on decking and offers extensive views over the surrounding floodplains. Stanley's is carefully blended into the existing tree line, its main support being a large sausage tree.

Electricity is supplied by a combination of silent packed generator and battery system allowing 24-hour power supply.

The adjacent bush around camp is rich with excitement: on game walks, day and nighttime drives, and mokoro excursions, guests can track a wide variety of big-game species, from Giraffe and Elephant to Lion and Leopard.

Enjoy thrilling guided game drives in customised open-sided 4X4 vehicles. As Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is situated on a private concession, night drives are offered and are usually combined with the afternoon activity. The accompanying professional guides are among the best in Botswana.

Explore the area on foot with skilled, armed professional guides and experience the bush from a different perspective. The walks are highly educational and offer a completely different perspective of the Botswanan bush.

Explore the Delta in a traditional dug-out canoe or mokoro (water levels permitting). Glide through reeds and lily ponds to get up close and personal with wildlife.

Elephant Activity
(additional cost)
 As part of a unique learning adventure, visitors accompany our semi-habituated herd on daily foraging treks.  Immersed in elephant life, warm bonds of kinship grow from a newly found appreciation of these gentle giants.  Please note that no riding is offered.  The main objective is to initiate a relationship between the guests and elephants.


The activity encompasses a leisurely paced walk with a trio of semi-habituated elephants, becoming personally acquainted with them, observing and interacting with them and a picnic lunch in their company.

Duration: 4 hours in the morning culminating in a picnic lunch in the bush.
Maximum number of guests: 10 on an activity.

Currently, Grey Matters, Doug and Sandi Groves’ Botswana-based company, supports the elephant trio: Jabu, Thembi and Morula.

You are invited to discover the elephants, from the bristled ends of their long tails to the tip of their powerful yet sensitive trunks.  Marvel at their big ears, thoughtful eyes and enormous padded feet. Trace the textures of their skin and the silken polish of their ivory. Explore the astonishing bonds of kinship forged over more than a decade between the elephants and their guardians in a wilderness of mesmerizing beauty.

A delicate blink of Morula’s long lashes reveals her sensitive yet powerful personality. Jabu takes you, trunk in hand, with his bold and generous nature and together you slowly uncover the age-old secrets of the African elephant and the mysteries of the surrounding wilderness. Thembi, cute, boisterous and impossible to ignore, infatuates you and transforms your understanding of elephants to a deeper and more personal level. 

“If I learned anything from my time among the elephants, it is the extent to which we are kin.  The warmth of their families makes me feel warm.  Their capacity for delight makes me feel joy.  Their ability to learn and understand things is a continuing revelation.”

It is this continuum between people and elephant that Chadwick writes about so eloquently in his book “The Fate of the Elephant”.

Elephants can live for 50 years, so when Doug and Sandi Groves adopted Jabu, Thembi and later Morula, rescuing them from culling operations that had left them orphans, they knew they were making a life-long commitment to the trio.

Jabu, short for Jabulani, a Zulu name, means happiness and indeed Jabu’s zest for life is inspiring.  Jabu is a proud and handsome bull, who enjoys his role as alpha elephant of the small herd. He is kind, playful, generous, big-hearted and dependable. Of the three elephants he is the most independent and confident. Jabu loves interacting and building solid relationships based on mutual trust and respect. He is predictable and unconditional in his giving.

Thembi, is a common Zulu name meaning trust. Thembi is the sweetheart of the herd and the smallest in stature.  Perfectly formed, pretty and dainty, Thembi knows a few tricks for getting her way.  Smart and very social, she loves to be the centre of attention.

Morula, is named after a beautiful African fruit tree. Her strongest personality trait is one of great gentleness; she is mild-natured, sensitive and easily bruised emotionally.  She can be described as a wallflower but she blossoms beautifully when love and attention are focused directly on her.  Morula weaves a powerful magic of her own as in her quiet and subtle way she captures your heart with her sincere, loyal and sweet nature.

Living with Elephants
Doug and Sandi Groves have strived to find ways in which their adopted elephants can act as ambassadors to their wild counterparts.  In 1999 the Living With Elephants Foundation (LWE) was launched as an organization that could help the Groves and their trio fulfil their elephant sized dreams.

Living With Elephants Foundation (LWE) is dedicated to relieving conflict and competition between the African Elephant and human populations in Botswana. You can learn more on this subject at: www.livingwithelephants.org

Stanley's Camp offers some of the best game viewing in the Okavango, including Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the rare and elusive Wild Dog. The area houses one of the largest buffalo populations in the Okavango Delta, which, in the dry season, can concentrate into a herd in excess of 2000 head. A completely unique Stanley's feature is an educational experience with a group of semi-habituated African Elephants. Spend a day walking with the Elephants and observe them up-close in their natural environment. The area also permits guests the opportunity of viewing the rare Sitatunga antelope.

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Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

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