We stayed other places on this trip that were more luxurious, but overall this was the best. We knew we were really in Africa when the small plane from Maun had to abort its first attempt to land on the dirt airstrip near the camp because there were animals on the runway. The rooms are on the rustic side -- no air conditioning and the water has a brown tinge, but given the isolated location and its small size, the quality of the accommodations is remarkable. The service is unsurpassed. There were three in our party and it turned out we were the only three guests in the entire camp (second week in December), so our stay was especially pleasant because the schedule was completely ours to set. We were also very lucky about weather -- it should have been very hot and raining, but instead we had only an occasional minor drizzle that made the weather pleasantly cool, but not wet enough to cause any problem. We even needed blankets every night and it felt good to sit around the fire on the deck before dinner having a drink. I have pictures of the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen looking out from the deck over the reeds and water of the delta. The food was fantastic -- the best we had anywhere in two weeks in Africa, including some high end places in Joburg and at another camp in South Africa that was much tonier. Every time we returned from an animal-viewing trip, someone was waiting for us with cold towels and some sort of refreshment. Despite the fact that there were only three of us, we had multiple choices on the menu for dinner and a full tea every afternoon. The breakfasts were the best we had anywhere and the morning wake-up call was a knock on the door and a tray of great coffee and biscuits -- it made getting up before sunrise almost enjoyable. The staff is delightful, our guide was terrific, and the animals were spectular (including a wild elephant that tried to walk across one of the wooden bridges between the rooms and then hung around all day to monitor the repairs). The morning we spent with the habituated elephants, ended by sharing with them an out-of-the-movies picnic lunch under a huge sausage tree, was certainly the high point of the entire trip. The late afternoon boat ride through the reeds and sundowners on the banks of a lagoon full of hippos was another lifetime memory. By the way, althought there is no cell service, for which I was very grateful, and no land line phones, there is wifi -- it works only in one small area about 10 feet square in the lobby, so it was perfect because I could check email and respond to those few that warranted an immediate response, but I had a perfect excuse for ignoring most of them.
- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Baines` Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Sanctuary Baines` Camp Hotel
- Sanctuary Baines' Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta