Sandibe is a beautiful lodge nestled along the Okavango Delta. It's facilities are beautiful and very open to natural world that surrounds you. We arrived at Sandibe after a wonderful stay in Chobe (another &Beyond property) and loved every minute - from the singers that greeted us on our arrival to our goodbyes to our ranger and tracker, Tshabo and Kenny.
The viewing was quite wonderful, and we saw numerous elephants (especially when they eat right near your bedroom window!!), a beautiful leopard, prides of lions, and many more. At nighttime, there was a wonderful outdoor dinner that looked like it was straight out of a movie. After our afternoon/evening drive, we pulled up to a clear area surrounded with candles, lamps and bonfires to light the 'dining area' and had a five star meal underneath the stars. We had a hyena come to visit us as well, but she kept her distance (even though she did seem to always inch closer). That night there was a wonderful performance by the choir and created one of those moments when you really feel like you're experiencing everything you wanted out of a stay/trip.
Similar to other &Beyond properties, it's the people that truly make this special. Of course the amenities are beautiful, the rooms are spacious, the food is delicious etc, but &Beyond staff really set the company apart. Aaron and Skipper are the managers and they make you feel instantly at home. TT was our butler and was as sweet as could be and always looking to help in any way he could (including bringing me hot water and salt at each meal so I could gargle to take care of a sore throat!). Tshabo and Kenny were our guide and tracker and I enjoyed every minute with them. Very informative and great at one they did, while also being enthusiastic and personable. I was very sad to leave Sandibe, but know that I will return again in the future!
(Apparently the lodge is getting remodeled at the end of the year. Since it's already wonderful, I'm sure it will be breathtaking!!)
- Also Known As:
- Sandibe Safari Hotel
- Sandibe Safari Hotel Okavango Delta
- AndBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge Botswana/Okavango Delta
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is a serene, earthy camp that is camouflaged under a tumbling canopy of wild palms and fig leaves. The eight romantic thatched cottages blend seamlessly with the leafy surrounds right on the very edge of the Okavango Delta’s permanent waterways. • Eight cottages• Outdoor showers• Lodge swimming pool• Safari Shop• Wifi in guest area only• Traversing 22 500 hectares, with exceptional game viewing• Lion, leopard, hyena, elephant and buffalo ... more less