Baines Camp

Uniquely built lodge on a beautiful water setting with "star" beds

Okavango Delta
2017
$750 - $1530

 

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Okavango Delta - MIXED Camp

Price Range (2017)

$750 - $1530

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Our Highlights

  • Offers the unique Living with Elephants interaction
  • Romantic "sky" beds and baths on your private deck
  • Private concession with day and night drives
  • Mokoro excursions available all yea
  • Eco-friendly camp made traditionally with tin cans

Safari Lifestyles View

 

This is a sister camp to Stanleys and as such can sometimes offer a great game experience for such a short distance flight from Maun.

 

Unlike Stanleys though, the emphasis here is more on the camp itself. With its unique lodging made from recycled drinks cans, its position on a fantastic Delta lagoon, to the ability to roll out your bed and sleep under the stars... everything to make this a camp of supreme relaxation.

 

There are day and night drives to keep you busy, plus good water excursions. You will also be able to take advantage of the excellent experience where you are able to walk with a group of habituated elephants (at extra cost)

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Camp Detail

Camp Style

Mixed Camp. Game Drives, Mokoro and Boat excursions. Living with elephants interaction

Location

Okavango Delta

How do I get there

Light aircraft transfer to the airstrip then private vehicle or boat transfer to camp

Lodge Type

Water Lodge with 5 unique chalets

Whats Included

 

  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All drinks
  • Laundry Service
  • Game Drives - Daytime

Whats Not Included

 

  • Travel to and from the lodge
  • Private Vehicles
  • Personal Expenses
  • Premium Imported Drinks
  • Tips

Child Policy

Children of 6 and over accepted with conditions

 

Up to 15 Years:   A child must share a room with an adult

 

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Wildlife

Land activities

Water activities

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Wildlife & Activities

 

Wildlife

 

The fantastic array of wildlife here can be explored in 4x4 vehicles, by boat, canoe, or on foot. The must-do activity is chance to get up close and personal with a trio of elephants on our Living with Elephants interaction, a leisurely walk in the Okavango Delta with Jabu, Thembi and Morula. Walking in their footsteps is an extraordinary opportunity to take part in a special learning adventure that gives you a deep understanding of elephants and their nature.

 

Whenever you are visiting, there is always something to be seen from the wooden deck surrounding the main dining room. So don't be too surprised to see prowling lions hunting for prey at the edge of the lagoon. There's also a good chance of seeing leopard, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, impala, zebra, wild dog, hyena and hippo.

 

 

Activities

 

LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS INTERACTION

This is an extra cost, please enquire with Safari Lifestyles for availability and pricing

 

An extraordinary treat available at Sanctuary Baines' Camp is the opportunity to go walking in the bush with three semi-habituated elephants. Jabu, Thembi and Morula are elephants that were orphaned nearby and adopted by Doug and Sandi Groves. The elephants 'take' guests on long walks, foraging in the area in absolute safety. They show travellers how they look for food, strip leaves from branches with their long trunks and take showers in the lagoons of the delta. What better guide to the African bush than a fully-grown African elephant? Even Sanctuary's famously brilliant guides bow to these elephants' innate knowledge and bush-sense. This activity includes a leisurely paced walk with a trio of semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with them, and a picnic lunch in their company.

 

GAME DRIVES

Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Okavango Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. At Baines' Camp, you have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn't see during the day time. The concession also boasts a diversity of landscapes with desert, dry savannah, lagoon and swamps all in close proximity. During higher water levels game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. (Night drives are seasonal, depending on water levels.)

 

WALKING SAFARIS

The wildlife is spectacular all year round and because the camp is set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of our guides. Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango. This is an exciting activity and a little nerve wracking for first-timers who have only ever driven around in a safari vehicle and enjoyed sitting above lion, elephants and other animals. On foot, one cannot approach these animals, obviously, but learning about them, walking their walk and seeing the bush at their level is a wonderful and educational experience.

 

MOKORO & MOTORISED BOAT EXCURSIONS

One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines' Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. This gentle and informative mode of safari is unique to the river bushmen, comprising three different tribes who made the Delta their home. For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood.

The Camp

Camp Overview

 

Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.

 

The local community in Maun is encouraged to collect cans, with a fee paid for every can, which were recycled to form the backbone of the camp’s structures. Baines’ is also one of only two camps to offer you the opportunity to walk with elephants.

 

Lodge Layout

 

Baines Camp is a small and intimate camp built almost floating on the waters of the Okavango Delta. There are only 5 accommodation facilities here. IThe Lodge is built in a wooded patch of a small island that fronts onto an often hippo filled waterway.

 

What makes this camp interesting is the way it was built. Uniquely eco-friendly, the building was erected using commercially grown wood with walls that are made from recycled cans of drink and plaster. This is an old African village style of room with its thatched roofing and really works well with a pleasing effect.

 

The main living area is small and intimate as it should be for the limited number of guests. the main lounge is on polished darkwood flooring and grass matting and has comfortable leather seating. Nearby is a small well stocked library.

The decking veranda is in a large semi circular shape and moves through onto another covered outside area, through the decked fire pit area and on to the outside, alfresco dining position. Further on still is the covered dining area should the weather dictate meals be served under thatch. Nearby is the lodges small plunge pool. The whole effect of this raised deck lodge is very pleasing.

Room Description

 

Each accommodation suite is built in a similar manner to the main living areas and are all reached via raised walkways.

They all have ample seating area on a veranda that takes full advantage of the views. Inside is a very nice and airy semi round living space, with polished wooden flooring and cowhide rug, this also has ample seating to relax.

 

The most unusual feature are the twin beds, quite odd looking at first and being made of metal in "4 poster" style with covered mosquito netting. The idea is that they can be wheeled out onto the veranda where you can sleep under the stars in safety, This is a marvellous experience and one which must be tried. To the rear of the suite are the bathroom facilities where you will find simple hand basins and a shower.

Camp Environment

 

Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is located on the Boro River, in the 260,000 acre private concession NG32 which neighbours the Moremi Game Reserve.

 

The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wilderness sanctuaries in Africa. It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of 15 000km2 filled with water channels, lagoons and islands. What makes this area truly remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert.

 

Each year, floodwaters flow from their catchment areas in the moist central African highlands over 1 000km away into the Delta to create the miracle that is the Okavango. This unique area sustains a huge diversity of fauna and flora, so that game viewing is excellent right through the year.

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