Baines' Camp was the last of three safari lodges we had stayed at while in Zambia and Botswana and I can now say that we saved the best for last. The lodge was built in 1999 so it was not the newest camp we stayed at. However, it has been well maintained and with only 7 accommodations it is very intimate. Florence, Jade, Chippy, and Galesite are just a few of the staff that made our stay at Baines' so memorable. From the moment we arrived we knew Baines' was a little different and very special. After settling in and having tea we left camp to set out on a sunset boat trip. On the way to the boat our guide Chippy (the best guide and tracker we had during our safari days in Botswana) got a call that a leopard and cub had been spotted and asked if we wanted to forgo the boat ride for a chance at seeing her. Of course the four of us enthusiastically said "YES"! We took the quickest route to the leopard and arrived with just enough daylight to spend a little time observing her and her adorable cub. During our two night stay (only one full day in the bush on safari) we had good results with animals. Elephants, water buffalos, giraffes, spotted hyenas, the leopard and her cub, an adult male lion and too many birds to mention. Far beyond the animals was the attention to detail and the joy the staff seemed to get from treating all of their guests like VIPS. When we returned from viewing the leopards (well after dark and very cool since it was there winter) we were greeted at the vehicle deck with hot peppermint tea. It happened to be Wednesday which we now know is Braai (or bbq) night. What a treat because not only do they but kudu steak, croc tail and other favorite on the grill they also have the staff choir sing and dance. This was one of my favorite parts of the stay. The staff sang traditional songs and danced having a great time and involving the guests. The second evening, which also happened to be our final evening we had the most amazing surprise set up for us by Galesite. A bubble bath under the stars on our deck complete with candles, lanterns and champagne on ice. Trust me on this... everyone should drink champagne in a bubble bath under the African Stars at least once in their lives. We hated to say good bye to the friends we made at Baines. Florence does the most amazing job of keeping her staff motivated, happy, and making certain that every guests stay at Baines' is special. Just a few tips, book early as it is a very intimate camp, be sure to stay over a Wednesday night so you can experience the Braai, ask for Chippy as your tracker and guide, take the star bath on your deck, and book the elephant encounter before you arrive to be sure you get to have that experience.
Our stay at Baines' Camp was priceless and unforgettable. I feel very lucky that I have made it to Baines Camp once in my life but now I just hope that someday I will get to return.
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Thank you so much for posting this thorough review on Tripadvisor.
We are so pleased to learn that your stay at Sanctuary Baines Camp was priceless and unforgettable.
We have shared your feedback with Florence, Jade, Chippy, Galesite and the rest of the team they were overjoyed with your comments.They told me to let you know that is was an absolute pleasure hosting you and they look forward to seeing you again one day soon...
Thank you so much for your tips this will no doubt assist our future guests!
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