&Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
Lodge style Rebuilt & spectacular
A five-star safari in every way
From witnessing a lioness joyfully playing with her cubs, to a mouth-watering five-star meal, topped off with a pampering massage while you look out over wide flood plains – just a day at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, located in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, adjacent to the Moremi. And it gets better: all this takes place in a beautifully, renovated camp (they re-opened in 2014). In conceiving the new look, the designers sought to capture a harmonious balance between contemporary and natural. The design is inspired by the scale-like body armour of the pangolin, one of the region’s most fascinating inhabitants that possesses the curious ability to roll up when threatened by predators. Beyond the beauty of this place – it will be difficult to leave for safari activities – there is a warmth and genuine hospitality in the attitude of all staff members. Whether they serve you heart-warming porridge for breakfast, treat you to a spa-treatment, or tell safari-tales during dinner around the campfire; they will make you feel special without exception.
Nestled into a forest, eight suites are elevated above the landscape and extend out to private decks with glittering plunge pools and breath-taking views. In the room you will find copper detailing, a double vanity, spacious outdoor shower with all the amenities you need (fluffy towels, a bathrobe, shampoo…), and of course a soft, king-size bed to lay your head for a well-deserved rest. Living spaces merge sophisticated elegance (did we mention the place is drop dead gorgeous?), natural colours and organic materials with the untouched beauty of the location. Nutritious meals, coming from an interactive kitchen, contain produce, fresh hummus, light spring rolls, compotes, wood oven pizzas, steaks, homemade ice cream, fine wines, and yes, even a gourmet hamburger is on the menu. Meals can be savoured while gazing out over floodplains, papyrus and palms. The central areas include viewing decks, a gym (work up a sweat while hippos stroll by), a spa for excellent body treatments, and a library. In the lodge and in your suite, you will come across plenty of cosy nooks, with softly bedded seats, to snuggle down with a good book.
Activities at Sandibe Okavango Lodge
With so much to say about the beauty of the lodge, we can’t forget about the abundant wildlife and great safari activities this place has to offer. A typical day at Sandibe starts with an early rise (around 5.30am) and fresh tea or coffee, plus a light breakfast, delivered to your room, if preferred. Breakfast comes with an optional shot of whiskey – a sure way to keep you warm on chilly winter mornings. The game drives are lead by highly professional, skilled guides and trackers, with amazing sensitivity to their surroundings. Together with a great respect for the animals and the environment, this makes for an unforgettable game viewing experience. The area is home to the hippo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, lion, leopard, elephant, wild dog and many more. Birding is excellent, and predator viewing is one of the best in South Africa. After the first activity it is time for lunch where you can make your own pizza by selecting delicious toppings. Then, kick back and have a siesta before high tea in the afternoon. After an adventurous second game drive – exhilarating safari walks are offered too – a home cooked meal is served at the boma, with complementary star-studded skies. Now, sip a glass of fiery, African wine and pinch yourself to make sure it is all really happening. It is, at Sandibe.
Tripadvisor comments &Beyond Sandibe
You can tell the moment you arrive at Sandibe that you're in for a treat. All the staff are extremely pleasant and having your personal butler is a wonderful touch which makes everything very easy. We had some of the best game viewing ever during this trip - including leopards, cheetahs, lions and painted dogs just to name a few. The gym and massage area keeps you a bit in shape despite the copious amounts of top-notch food they serve.PJ_Burks
The variety of wildlife on the Sandibe concession is amazing. This was our 4th trip to Africa, and our 2nd visit to Sandibe and we saw animals that we had never seen before including 2 Bat Eared Foxes and 9 Cheetahs in one morning game drive. The lodge, which was recently remodeled, would rival any 5 star hotel in the US. The staff is friendly and helpful and will do everything in their power to make your stay memorable.cal_ruby from Novato, California