Stay at Sandibe Camp, Chitabe Concession
Sandibe Camp is stylish, comfortable and totally original in its design. It has been built in a grove of jackalberry, fig tree and ilala palms without a single tree being cut down.
Sandibe Camp, Chitabe Concession, Botswana
Sandibe Camp is stylish, comfortable and totally original in design, built in a grove of jackalberry, fig tree and ilala palms.
In the main boma thick tree branches extend through the walls and roof and huge tree trunks hold up the high thatched roof. It's not unusual to look up from lunch and find an inquisitive baboon high up above having a good look at you, while fruit bats roost high up in the beams in the evenings. Sandibe Camp also has a small pool with sun-loungers, as well as a well stocked wine cellar and small curio shop.
Paths meander through the forest and lead to eight clay and thatch chalets. Each has a north African feel, with clay walls and gauze netting hanging over the large beds. The bathroom consists of double basins behind the bed partition, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower. There are books and magazines in the rooms and even small decanters of amarula and sherry for nightcaps. Outside, steps lead up to a small raised deck with table and chairs and views of the Santantadibe river and reedbeds. This great expanse of delta comes alive at night with thousands of fire flies flickering on and off.
Activities at Sandibe include game drives, walks and mokoro trips when flood levels are high. It is also possible to take a boat trip along the river when the water levels are high enough. Game drives are particularly good at Sandibe across plains areas as well as small forests. They are taken slowly, not dashing from place to place, and both a guide and spotter accompany you. Perhaps it is to this we can attribute their skill at finding the more elusive animals such as leopard and wild dog. After the days activities, dinner is usually served outside, lit up by candelabras in the small boma area. It's a perfect end to an excellent day.
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