Great Plains’ Sitatunga Private Island in Botswana Debuts

Great Plains has announced the opening of Sitatunga Private Island, a water-based Réserve-Collection Safari Camp in the upper reaches of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Built on a raised, wrap-around railway sleeper private deck, Sitatunga Private Island can accommodate a maximum of four adults in two separate and private suites. The double-bedroom Sitatunga Private Island Suite hosts four adults or a family of two adults and up to three children, offering a total footprint of 6,533 square feet. Sitatunga Private Island can host up to eight guests in total sharing the two suites and the two-bedroom Sitatunga Private Island Suite.

Sitatunga Private Island
The camp pushes the eco-design boundary in a remote region in Botswana. (Sitatunga Private Island)

Constructed almost entirely of recycled materials, the new camp offers explorers a “slow safari” experience. Each of the two guest suites, as well as the two-bedroom Sitatunga Private Island Suite, comes complete with an indoor lounge, bathrooms with baths and separate showers, a private deck with outdoor lounging and seating areas as well as a private pool with views over the lagoon.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert have been pivotal in the interior design process, imbibing a sense of place and authenticity into the camp, with the giant bamboo fisherman basket structures of the suites paying homage to the Bayei people who historically occupied the area. All materials within the camp have been personally sourced by Dereck and Beverly over the years and used to create Sitatunga Private Island.

Sitatunga Private Island
Built almost entirely of recycled materials, the new camp offers explorers a “slow safari” experience that is as sustainable as it is luxurious. (Sitatunga Private Island)

Guests can choose from a range of adventures, such as boating safaris, mekoro rides, walking safaris, game drives and a private helicopter tour of the Okavango Delta, complete with champagne. Guests are encouraged to create their own unique itinerary in line with their interests, with guidance and recommendations from professional guides who know the Delta like the back of their hand.

Sitatunga Private Island offers yoga mats, an exercise bike, and light weights with in-room massages available upon request. A unique wine cellar and boutique complete with D&B Explorer clothing are also available to guests within the camp. Each suite comes complete with a complimentary professional camera and lens set, for use while out on the water or in the bush. The camp is open to children aged six years and above.

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