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Botswana Safari

Chief's Camp

Moremi Game Reserve - Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephants in front of Chief's Camp in Botswana
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Chief's Camp is a luxury bush lodge situated on the northwest tip of Chief's Island in the exclusive Mombo concession of the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana's Okavango Delta. This region is known as the “predator capital” of Africa and is considered to have the finest game viewing in Southern Africa. The area is home to the Big Five, with recently re-introduced Rhino.

This elegant tented camp provides an oasis of comfort in the heart of the Delta. Chief's Camp has been so skillfully integrated into the landscape that guests can often view game without even leaving camp. Shaded from the heat of the day by a beautiful grove of Jackalberry trees, Chief's Camp is so remote you'll feel like the only humans for miles and miles. Chief's Camp is owned and operated by Sanctuary Lodges & Camps.

The camp is situated in what is termed seasonal delta. The area is therefore seasonally inundated with floodwaters. Generally, the floodwaters infiltrate the area in June/ July and remain for a period of 4 to 5 months.

Accommodation            For images of Chief's Camp, click Chief's Images
The camp was constructed on a green-field site in an untrammeled area of the concession and has been open since September 1999.  Although this camp is remotely located in one of the world's most pristine corners, guests do not sacrifice comfort for adventure.

Chief's Camp has twelve secluded, permanent luxury bush pavilions (24 beds), each with its own private viewing deck and en-suite bathroom. The guest pavilions designed for ultimate privacy and comfort, and to offer you a front row seat for this rich and rewarding African adventure.  Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe and emergency intercom. The camp also provides a flashlight as well as complimentary mosquito repellant & toiletries.  Electricity, 240 volts, is supplied by a combination of silent packed generator and battery system allowing 24-hour power supply.

The main lodge complex houses the dining area, bar, curio shop, library and reception area.  This structure has been built into the existing landscape, under a heavy canopy of mature Jackalberry, Sausage and Rain trees. The boma is the setting for after dinner drinks by the campfire. Hot and cold water, electricity, laundry services, and sumptuous meals add up to an "out of this world" experience.  The main deck area is split-level and offers expansive views over the floodplain to the north. The lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool. A range of spa treatments are offered in a poolside treatment sala (during peak season).

Game viewing opportunities include daily excursions in open four-wheel-drive Land Cruisers, guided walks and, in season, quiet mokoro (dugout canoe) trips along narrow Delta channels during the flood season. Expert guides are always on hand to offer a wealth of wildlife knowledge, to help you make the most of these rare and wonderful opportunities.

Game drives
The game viewing on Chief’s Island is nothing short of spectacular at any given time.  The expert guides always on hand to share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, take guests deep into the bush in specially modified open 4 x 4 vehicles on morning and afternoon game drives to find the secluded places where elephant families congregate in search of the tastiest fruits and berries. The game viewing opportunities at Chief's Camp are awe-inspiring.

On the plains one may find the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here all year round. Guests may spot the elusive African wild dogs. These extremely rare predators have been hunted to the point of extinction in most areas of Africa and this is one of their last strongholds. Intensely curious, painted dogs, as they are known here, are extremely rewarding to view and accessible to only the few. Sanctuary Chief's is the ideal place to spot the big 5 - perhaps even the rare rhino. There are several local lion prides as well as leopards, genet cats and hyena are in abundance..

Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions
Mokoroing is offered from July to October, water levels permitting. Excursions may be taken in place of a game drive, or between game drives. This is subject to availability. Mokoros, local dugout canoes, are ideal for getting close to the bush in the company of a highly trained local guide. Each June the whole area around the camp floods and turns the Okavango Delta into a labyrinth of lily-filled lagoons and streams where hippos fight for bathing rights and crocodiles wait for unwary antelope to linger too long over a drink. Poling through the byways created by the floodwaters is a magical experience that allows guests to get very close to the biggest of game and to see the world from a totally different angle – looking up onto the banks rather than down onto them. As a change from a game drive, the quiet, gentle pace of a mokoro is a real introduction to a way of transport still used in the Delta by the ‘river bushmen’ or BaYei people. This activity is subject to water levels.

Treatment Room
Guests at Chief’s camp are able to enjoy a range of spa treatments. Treatments include products from the Africology line and guests are able to choose from a range of body therapies, body rituals and facial skin care treatments. Treatments may be booked at the camp reception with the camp manager, or with the therapist. A full consultation will be held before every treatment.

Helicopter Flights
These scenic flights involve flying west of the game drive routes towards the permanent delta, exposing to guests areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat. Guests have the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. This is done with the utmost consideration to guest safety. The activity highlights the shear enormity of the Okavango Delta exposing the many animal species of the region. On completion you will return to camp. Guests are offered a 30, 45 or 60 minute scenic tour of the Okavango Delta in a one turbine Bell Jetranger helicopter with 4 seats which is offered on a year round basis. Being a personalised activity guests have the choice of when to do the activity however early morning and late afternoon usually provide the best light for photography. Some guests prefer to fly during the siesta period so as not to miss out on other activities. Preferred flight times can be requested on booking. Guests meet their guide in the reception area of the camp for their transfer to the helicopter activity. The transfer is approximately 10 minutes from camp.

In this "predator capital of Africa", Wild Dog, Lion, Cheetah and Leopard abound, and guests enjoy exceptional opportunities to interact with this amazing environment. The Mombo area is renowned for its resident Wild Dog, Leopard, Cheetah and large prides of Lion, plus prolific bird life. Recently, both White and Black Rhino species have been introduced to this concession, making it the only place in Botswana where these magnificent animals can be seen in their natural habitat.

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Water / Land Activity Table for Botswana camps:  Water/Land Botswana
Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

For further information about the Okavango Delta, click More Okavango
For further information about the Moremi Game Reserve, click More Moremi
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