a great camp in an underrated area with fantastic elephant interaction offered
2017 $550 - $1150
Okavango Delta - DRY Camp
Price Range (2017)
$550 - $1150
Stanley’s Camp is a very surprising camp sometimes, often purported to be in an area where there is little game, we would not agree with this. Certainly on our last visit we had fantastic sighting of wild dogs with pups on two separate kills. Its just a short hop from Maun on a charter flight, and you get to quite a lovely concession which is shared by Stanley’s sister camp, Baines Camp, just a few kilometers away.
Stanleys is a classic bush camp with very comfortable accommodation that overlooks a nice floodplain. Its recently been refurbished to quite a high standard, so although it is designed to be rustic, in reality it is a step above.
The activities are based around day and night drives, we saw more hyena here than probably anywhere else on a night drive once. Here you can also get involved with the very excellent Elephant Experience.
Due to recent large floods in the area however, the driving region has been cut a little short, but this is just a seasonal issue when the floods are exceptionally high only.
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Dry Camp. Day and Night Drives, Mokoro excursions. Living with elephants interaction
By Light aircraft transfer to airstrip then private vehicle or boat transfer to camp
Classic Tented Lodge with 8 en-suite tented rooms
Children of all ages accepted with conditions
Up to 15 Years: A child must share a room with an adult
Up to 6 Years: A private vehicle needs to be booked
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With abundant wildlife roaming the area and several active hyena dens close to the camp, game viewing at Stanley's allows for an exclusive experience.
The Delta has an extraordinary concentration of wildlife, boasting vast congregations of elephant and buffalo, sightings of big cat predators, and even the endangered wild dog. Water crossings are part of the adventure and watching zebra standing belly-deep grazing is quite a sight to see. Venture out after dark on night game drives to catch a glimpse of the nocturnal animals like the bush baby, hyena and leopard.
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.
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.)
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.
Set among ebony and sausage trees, Stanley’s Camp is located on a 260,000 acre private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. The natural wonders of the area constantly change over the seasons from lush green when the rain flows down the Angolan highlands, to dry savannah when the neighbouring Kalahari Desert tightens its grip on the terrain.
The camp is the home of our unique Living with Elephants interaction. Walking with a trio of orphaned elephants is an uplifting experience and one that will remain with you long after you’ve left.
Stanley's Camp has a large sitting and dining area which provides lovely views over the large floodplains in front of camp. After a day of game viewing, why not cool off in the swimming pool while watching wildlife make their way across the savannah.
Large wooden decks provide private areas where you can relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner is served in the spectacular dining mess.
The Lounge is styled inside in a some what contemporary style, with a modern bar at the back and lounge suite area at the front on light coloured wooden flooring that extends to the side area where the dining mess is under the same canvas roof.
There is no outside veranda as such but steps leading down go to the fire pit area at ground level for after hours drinks.
Also outside and to the side is found a nice separate decked area with a plunge pool and sun loungers.
Each of the eight safari canvas tents are individually designed, furnished with African antiques and exude a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century.
The Tents are of the old school Meru style and on raised decks, each accommodation overlook the floodplains in front with a lovely private deck and/or seating. Canvas and gauze doors open outwards to reveal the main sleeping area with its bed and writing table.
A door opening to the rear is entrance to the en en-suite bathrooms which are a simple affair with shower and hand basins.
Located on a vast private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is located on the southern tip of Chief’s Island. This private community concession is by definition in a seasonal delta and the floodwaters usually arrive around June.
The area is predominantly made up of wooodlands, palm island and floodpalins. As such it is a very good destination for general plains game inculding buffalo and the like and also pedators.
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