Botswana’s New Luxury Lodge

(Sanctuary Chief’s camp in Botswana has a plunge pool, just one of the luxury touches at the newly rebuilt camp.)

Sanctuary Retreats is taking the luxury safari experience in Botswana to another level. Newly rebuilt, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp reopened on June 1 as a flagship property for the brand whose collection comprises river cruise ships and luxury safari lodges in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Good to know: Sanctuary Retreats constructed a solar farm — one of the biggest in Botswana — to supply energy for the camp and help minimize its environmental impact.

Botswana is increasingly on the luxury traveler’s radar, and the Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has a prime location in the famous Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, a top safari destination for its game viewing. Additions include a new bar, library, a fitness room and an orientation room for guests to learn about the Delta. The original rooms have now tripled in size; the 10 new pavilions come complete with private pools, outdoor showers and bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views while soaking in the tub.

We say the crème de la crème is the new Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, named for the safari pioneer. Measuring over 2,000 square feet, this retreat is fully staffed with a chef, waiter and a dedicated housekeeper. Nice Perk: The suite comes with its own private vehicle and guide. Designed with a kitchen, indoor lounge, deck and private boma with a fire pit, the Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite can accommodate from two to six guests, and makes a nice retreat for honeymooners or groups of friends. For bookings that require special attention, luxury travel advisors may contact the South Africa reservations office ([email protected]; 011-271-1438-4650).  

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