Experience the Extraordinary with Sanctuary Retreats ·

Experience the Extraordinary with Sanctuary Retreats

Luxury boutique safari company, Sanctuary Retreats, prides itself on offering guests a lot more than just heavenly beds and gourmet meal.

There’s plenty of opportunity to get up close and personal with Africa’s friendliest giants thanks to the unique Living with Elephants activity. Or explore the waterways and lagoons of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro. Or even experience safari from a completely different perspective as you rise above the grassy plains of the Masai Mara in a magical sunrise hot-air ballooning adventure.

Here are some of Sanctuary Retreats’ favourite experiences, guaranteed to deliver unforgettable lifelong memories. Which ones will you choose?

Living with Elephants

Lucky visitors staying at two of Sanctuary Retreats’ Botswana Camps – Sanctuary Baines Camp and Sanctuary Stanley’s, have a rare chance to interact with two rescued semi-habituated elephants, Jabu and Morula. During your walk with the elephants in the heart of the Okavango Delta, witness endless pinch-me-now moments as these friendly pachyderms forage for food, wallow in the mud and amble through the bush. An intimate and highly educational bush walk, you’ll also gain a deep understanding of the importance African Elephants, the role they have to play in the local ecosystem and conservation in general.

Sleeping under the Stars

Guests staying at South Africa’s Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge can indulge in what has to be one of the world’s most unforgettable experience – falling asleep surrounded only by flickering lanterns while listening to a lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas.

The rustic double-storey structure is tucked away in a secluded part of Makanyane Safari Lodge’s private grounds overlooking a waterhole with spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve making it the perfect retreats for romantics with a sense of adventure at heart.

Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is priced from ZAR8,500 per person per night, twin share.

The Great Migration

As an African safari traveller, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Great Migration. Each year the endless plains of East Africa bear witness to this epic sight, as millions of wildebeest and zebra make their way around the Masai Mara and Serengeti – a never-ending journey of over 1,800 miles in constant pursuit of life-giving rains and greener pastures.

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp provides the perfect opportunity to experience the Great Migration in the Serengeti. Launching just over a year ago, this extraordinary escape moves across three set locations across the Serengeti, offering guests an unrivalled, front row experience of the movement of a million-plus wildebeest and zebra as they follow the fresh grasses across the Serengeti plains during the annual migration season.

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp is priced from USD670 per person per night twin share for 1 – 3 nights.

Gorilla Trekking

In Uganda, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is one of only few places where it is still possible to observe mountain gorillas, of the world’s most endangered species in the wild. Tucked away on a on a flat ridge deep within the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the award-winning camp is an idea base to explore the Bwindi region. Featuring just eight private luxury tents, the atmospheric Camp’s small size ensures it retains an intimate, exclusive feel, enabling guests to experience Africa’s magic with the lightest of footprints, while enjoying practically every mod con. Even better, its unique location means the Camp is frequently visited by gorilla families, making it the perfect base for a once-in-a lifetime encounter with Uganda’s famous mountain primates.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is priced from USD395 per person per night twin share for 1 – 3 nights.

Bathe Under the Stars

After a day spent on a Botswana safari in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, what better way to soak those aching muscles than inSanctuary Baines’ Camp’s opulent star bath? With only six luxurious suites perched high above the Boro River, the Camp offers guests a romantic and immersive experience where privacy and seclusion are guaranteed. Hidden on your own private viewing deck, this indulgence is not to be missed as you relax and unwind from the day’s events surrounded by twinkling lanterns and shining stars.

Sanctuary Baines Camp is priced from USD860 per person per night.

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About Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Retreats’ collection of luxury safari lodges and river cruise ships bring the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity. Each property is completely individual in its design and operated around the philosophy of ‘Luxury, naturally’. All have the same aim: to allow guests to have a “real” experience and enjoy a more natural kind of luxury in properties that have a strong commitment to conservation and responsible tourism. The Sanctuary portfolio includes safari camps and lodges in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as river cruise ships on the Nile, the Yangtze and in Myanmar.

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