The strking design of this lodge, with its smooth curves and fluid lines, takes its inspiration from the overlapping scales and overall form a pangolin. It's a distinctive look, quite unlike any other lodge, and the lack of sharp egdes helps it blend into the surrounding landscape. Sandibe has an enviable location in a private concession adjoining Moremi Game Reserve, making it perfect for game drives by day and night and guided walks, so you'll enjoy a rich and varied safari experience.
Comfy. cosy indoor social areas lead out to a series of expansive wooden viewing decks, so there are plenty of places to rest between activities, chatting to other guests and enjoying the magnificent delta views. The boma, atmospherically lit by lanterns at night, is built from several large logs arranged in decreasing size, to mimic the tail bones of the pangolin. Meals are served both here and in the elevated dining area.
The 12 guest suites are partially inspired by the circular nests of weaver birds, curvaceous exteriors set on stilts with the accommodation reached via an elegant stairway. The large bedroom has a sitting area and an open fireplace. Mesh doors allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush while feeling completely safe and secure. The en-suite bathroom has twin hand basins and a shower, and there's a separate toilet plus an outdoor shower with delta views. Each deck has two large day beds and a plunge pool where you can while away the time and enjoy the views.
Open: Sandibe Okavango Delta Safari Lodge is open all year.
Location: Sandibe Okavango Delta Safari Lodge is in a private concession bordering Moremi Game Reserve. The nearest airstrip is at Chitabe about a 30 minute drive from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 12 suites, spaced well apart and set high off the ground. Each has a generously sized bedroom with a mosquito net-draped bed, sofa, coffee table, minibar and an open fire. There’s a hatch where staff can leave freshly made hot drinks. Mesh doors lead out to the deck where there are day beds and a plunge pool. There is an indoor bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. Each suite is supplied with bathrobes, slippers and insect repellent and a hairdryer. All rooms have a safe.
Activities: There are twice daily game drives (early morning and late afternoon), supplemented by guided bush walks and night drives. Helicopter flights over the Okavango Delta can be arranged for an extra cost.
Facilities: The lodge has a large lounge, bar and a roaring fire, plus a dining room. High ceilings add to the overall feeling of space. There are several decks on different levels where you can sit and contemplate the wonderful views. At ground level there’s a boma and camp fire. The lodge has a massage area, a small gym and a gift shop. There is a free laundrty service.
Dining: Meals are generally eaten at individual tables and private dining on the deck of your suite can be arranged. The day starts with a hot drink and biscuits before the game drive. A buffet breakfast is served on your return to the lodge. Lunch is a light meal, and dinner is usually eaten outdoors in the boma or on the deck.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The WILDchild programme consists of interactive activities specially designed for youngsters. Children below the age of 6 years cannot participate in wildlife activities. Those aged 12 years and older are permitted on game drives, and those between 6 and 12 can take part at the discretion of the camp manager. The minimum age for bush walks is 16. Suites can accommodate 1 child in an extra bed. There is a larger family suite. The lodge is not fenced and children must be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in suites and the main areas of the lodge.
"If you want out and out luxury and all mod-cons in the middle of the bush, this is the place to come. It's worth coming for the architecture alone. The weaver bird nest rooms are both homely, stylish and very civilised - by which I mean that despite the remote location you have all the electricity you need, an internal telephone system, your own plunge pool and wood burning stove, air con and even wifi! The food was superb, the staff could not be more professional or friendly, and, importantly, the guiding was excellent and we had some of the best gameviewing of our whole trip here. If you fancy a treat, Sandibe can give it to you."
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Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
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