I don't find myself normally inclined to write a review, but I felt compelled to do so in the case of Chief's Camp. My wife and I spent 3 days there during the first week of Feb. In short, our experience exceeded our wildest expectations. The facility is beyond belief given the remote location - beautiful lodge and guest rooms, incredible food and impeccable service. You will not be disappointed.
My main reason for writing a review is to debunk a myth - namely that the rainy season is not a good time to visit if you want to see lots of animals. Granted, you will not see large herds congregating around waterholes as you would in the dry season. What you will see is smaller groupings of healthier animals with lots of babies (we saw a group of 3 lionesses with 7 cubs at a distance of 20 feet) . That in itself makes visiting in the low season worth the trip. Also, everything is fresh and green and incredibly beautiful. I did not feel that I was shortchanged in the least in terms of game viewing by coming during this time of year.
Finding the "big 5" becomes a little tougher during this time of year, but that's what your guide is trained to do. If you want to see your guide put all of his skills to work, this is the time to visit. Our guide was Poniso (ask for him by name). In one day, we saw all the big 5 - which is hard to do in any season, but even more so when the grass is tall. He had an uncanny ability to know when a cat or rhino was close and find it.
Two other comments: maybe it was just luck, but our weather was beautiful - occasional showers but nothing that disrupted our activities. The other thing worth noting was that the lodge was empty - only two of 15 rooms occupied. We had Poniso to ourselves for 3 days and got a very personalized safari experience. Not sure whether this is because of the economy or the fact that it was the low season. Regardless, we were treated like royalty and got to know the staff on a personal level, as they did us.
Chief's Camp is really that good. The animals love it too as we had many opportunities to view them while eating dinner. A couple hyenas actually came into the lodge one evening, which made for a memorable experience. We hope to visit again, but this time with our kids.
- 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