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Sanctury Chief’s Camp

by on Jul.31, 2019, under Family

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is situated on the private Mombo Concession within the Moremi Game Reserve, at the core of the Okavango Delta. The area is a mix of mature woodlands, the biggest island being Cheif’s island on which the camp is built and verdant flood plains that become inundated from as early as April every year. The camp gets its name from the deceased Chief Moremi III’s wife under whose leadership in 1963 established the Moremi game reserve. It is the only officially protected area of the Okavango Delta and has resulted in an amazing concentration of diverse Africa species. The Sanctuary Retreats organization owns and manages a number of high-end camps and lodges in five African countries.

The camp itself is made up of the main lodge with luxury Pavillion Rooms on either side of the lodge facing a dried lake bed with a watering hole in front of a deck. During the rainy season, the lake is full, during the dry season it hosts a parade of all kinds of animals coming to drink or wallow.

We had five Pavillion Rooms that included a bedroom, sitting room, fully stocked bar, deck, pool, dressing room and bathroom with an indoor as well as an outdoor shower. Recently refurbished everything was modern, except the roof was thatched (wood ceilings in rooms). When the early morning wake-up calls (knock on the door) start the baboons would jump from roof to roof making a huge racket.

The routine at Chief’s camp was a six A.M. wake up call, breakfast buffet with served entres to order, morning game drive leaving at seven A.M. with a coffee break in the bush mid-morning then return to the camp for a sit down served lunch from the menu. The afternoon game drive left at three P.M. with cocktails served in the bush around sundown and the return to the lodge for more cocktails and dinner served from the menu. The food, wine, cocktails, services were first class and the staff was extremely friendly and well trained including the two drivers, tracker, guides assigned to our group.

 

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