Rating: Deluxe Price from: £375 - £740 pp full board
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.
The eight luxury tented rooms are all built on decks with hammocks and chairs to sit and enjoy the view from. All rooms are en-suite including ceiling fans and hairdryers. Electricity is supplied 24 hours by silent generator and battery pack power. 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 three elephants (Jabu, Thembe 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: 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: There are 8 walk-in guest tents made of canvas and set on raised wooden decks. They have wooden furniture and African antiques. All have en-suite bathrooms. To the frint of each tent there’s a deck with a hammock.
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, Morula and Thembi, the 3 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. The camp offers a laundry service.
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.
"Like staying in a 5 star hotel in a remote beautiful location. Some lovely personal touches like a refillable water bottle with your name on, a table laid with glasses, fizzy wine and snacks waiting in a clearing when we got off the plane, electric blankets on the beds, woken up with a hot drink in the mornings.Lovely food with a good choice, friendly staff and impressive tracking from the guide."