From the time we arrived at Stanleys to a very warm welcome from all the staff after a drive along the flooded tracks from the airstrip, we loved our stay here. Our tent was great – very comfortable beds, good bathroom, lovely verandah in front overlooking the bush, and quite roomy enough. The tents are well spaced and quite private. The food was excellent. Lunch was at individual tables, and in the evening, after a drink round the campfire, dinner was at communal tables. However, the second night we were treated to a private candlelit dinner near the pool. We found Jeremy the manager and all the staff very helpful and friendly.
This camp was the start of our African safari, and our travel agent had booked us two nights there because she said other camps had better game viewing. However, we loved our time at Stanleys and wished that we could have stayed longer. One of the features of Stanleys is that there is a range of activities, such as visiting the elephants and water activities, compared to some of our other destinations.
Our guide was Kot, and he was wonderful – very knowledgeable and very responsive to our interest in everything we saw, including the beautiful birds. We loved talking to him at lunch and learning about life in the Delta. Because we were going on to drier parts, Kot organized some water activities for us as well. On our very first game drive we saw wild dogs and a large pride of lions eating a buffalo carcase, as well as buffalo, giraffes etc. The next morning was a fabulous morning with the elephants, an opportunity to learn so much about these animals as well as getting to know their personalities. In the afternoon we went on a boat trip, exploring the beautiful scenery of the Delta. Watching the sun set while sipping our sundowners on the boat in this pristine location was very special. Then on our last morning we went for a trip in a mokoro. Gliding silently through the channels in the reeds as far as a hippo pool was simply magical.
We would love to return to Stanley's Camp and stay longer next time.
- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Stanley`s Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Sanctuary Stanley`s Camp Hotel
- Sanctuary Stanley's Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta