Chief's was our second camp out of three. We had been at Baines' for 3 nights (you can also read my review). I had heard so much about Chief's camp over the last 5 years and my expectations were extremely high. The overall staff at the camp was very attentive, friendly and made us feel welcome and at home immediately. We were shown to our room, #9 and I was initially disappointed that it was so close to the main area and so close to the other tents as I normally try to stay as far away from main areas as possible for quiet and privacy. This did turn out to be a negative during our stay but all of the tents are placed too close together. Rooms 7-12 are not the best locations but I realize someone is going to be assigned to them. I agree with the other reviewer about #12 as it's definitely too close to the staff village and noise is a problem. We were awakened at 4:40 am by pots clanging in the kitchen preparing for breakfast.
Overall, we did enjoy our 3 nights at Chief's and fortunately we had some good game viewing opportunities, but the thing that really stuck out to us was how vast the land is and how few vehicles there are out to locate the wildlife. The guides definitely have a challenge on their hands and ours was made more challenging by the fact that one day, we were the only guests in camp! Botswana's philosophy is low density/high dollar and it does lead you to feel that you are in the middle of Africa without others, but that does have a down side as well. I wish we had known more about this so that our expectations would have been in line with the experience.
The room and bed were comfortable and the lighting in the bathroom was great. The price pppn is just really high compared to other safari locations. But if you really want to see the Delta, you will pay a premium.
Thank you to Kenosie, Simon, Debra, Evelyn, Monks and everyone at Chiefs for everything you did to make our stay pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has twelve luxury bush pavilions, all with their own private decks as well as both indoor and outdoor showers. When visiting Sanctuary Chief’s Camp you’ll see why Conde Nast Traveler consistently rates it as one of the top safari destinations in Botswana. The camp is part of the magazine’s exclusive “Platinum Circle” in recognition of its inclusion in the prestigious Gold List for the last five consecutive years. The split-level main deck offers expansive views over the floodplain while the lower level of the deck houses an exquisite swimming pool to cool off after a day of exciting game viewing. The main area houses a bar, curio shop, library reception and dining area. For a rejuvenating pampering session, choose from a range of treatments at the camp’s treatment room. The twelve guest pavilions are nestled in a jackalberry and sausage tree woodland that is characteristic of the area. Each guest pavilion boasts an indoor and outdoor shower, a spacious seating area and a private game viewing deck overlooking the surrounding floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Sumptuous four poster beds with generously draped mosquito nets and traditional ceiling fans also feature and for your convenience, the rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, room safe, emergency intercom and minibar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Chief`s Camp Hotel Moremi Game Reserve