Sanctuary Stanley's Camp is a small luxury, family-friendly camp with just eight tented rooms in a private concession area bordering the Southern end of Moremi Game Reserve on Chief's Island.
This area of Okavango is in a seasonal delta area where the flood waters usually arrive around June, but water access is available most of the year due to the nearby Boro River. The camp is surrounded by ebony and sausage trees and attracts a large number of larger mammals including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs.
Game viewing activities included here are day and night drives in open 4x4 vehicles early morning and late afternoon / evening, plus guided bush walks and mokoro rides.
There are ten luxury tented rooms are all built on decks with comfy chairs where you can sit and enjoy the view. All rooms are en-suite and have been beautifully designed and decorated with contemporary furniture and exquisite African artefacts. The main lounge and dining area is set amongst a natural tree line on a large raised deck giving extensive views over the surrounding flood plains. There is a swimming pool.
Wildlife sightings here are good all year, in the dry season some of the herds of buffalo in the area consist of more than 2000 animals. There are numbers of predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog and the birding is excellent.
Guests here can book an optional elephant interaction activity which takes about 4 hours in the morning, walking and interacting with these semi- habituated elephants. There is a maximum of 10 guests at a time on these activities and they end with a picnic bush lunch, accompanied by the elephants! Doug and Sandy Groves run this Botswana based operation, known as 'Grey Matters' and are committed to the conservation and education of this endangered species. The two elephants (Jabu and Morula) were rescued from a culling operation that left them orphans. Guests are invited to touch and learn about these animals but they do not ride them. During your time with them you gain an understanding of the intelligence and habits of these magnificent creatures and their roles and relationships with humans.
Open: Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is open all year.
Location: Stanley’s Camp is on a 105,000 hectare private concession in the Okavango Delta bordering Moremi Game Reserve. There is a private airstrip just a 20 minute drive from the camp. When water levels are high the transfer will be by boat (50 minutes) and then road (5 minutes).
Rooms: The camp underwent an extensive rebuild in 2018 and 10 brand new tents make up the guest accommodation. They are light, airy and comfortable. Mozzie nets adorn the beds and there are curtains which can be drawn at night if you wish. The ensuite bathroom has modern ameneties, running water. Each tent has a private deck.
Activities: You’ll be have a broad choice of activities including game drives, mokoro rides and walking safaris, all excellent ways to experience the bush and its wildlife. A special activity you should try while at Stanley’s (for an extra fee) is the elephant interaction. Meet Jabu and Morula, the 2 orphaned elephants, and accompany them as they go for their morning walk, followed by a picnic lunch in their company. Scenic helicopter flights are available for an additional charge.
Facilities: There is a central lounge, bar and dining area on a raised deck with views over the floodplain. There is also a library and a gift shop. The camp fire is located in front of the main area and is the setting for pre- and post-dinner drinks and chats. The camp has an outdoor swimming pool. A laundry service is offered
Dining: Most meals are eaten together as a group. Breakfast can be a light continental meal or a hearty cooked affair, lunch can be eaten while cooling your feet in the river, while dinner is a 3-course meal, and special private meals can be arranged on request. Game drives include drinks and snacks.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The minimum age for elephant interaction is 9 years.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no mobile or internet access. The camp uses CB radio for communication.
Stanley's Camp has been awarded 'Ecotourism Level', the highest Botswana Ecotourism Certificate. The camp was constructed with sustainability in mind and a new solar farm at the camp will generate 80% of the camp's electricity.
"Again the staff are so friendly, if we had a complaint it would be the vehicle broke down a few times, but the amount of water we passed thru it is understandable."