Chief's Camp, Okavango Delta
"adventure, enchantment and - 'luxury, naturally' - delivered with understated charm"
Address: Chief's Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Accommodation: Children aged 6 and older are welcome
We are delighted to announce an extensive renovation programme for Sanctuary Chief's Camp. The camp will be closed while work taking place during 9 January to 31 May 2016. We look forward to receiving guests to the new-look camp from June 2016.
Named after Chief Moremi, Chief's Camp is on Chief's Island in the Mombo Concession of the renowned Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta - the "Predator Capital of Africa". Chief's Island is one of the many islands formed by the seasonal flood waters of the Okavango Delta and is recognised for its great game viewing in Southern Africa.
Renowned for its exceptional standards of service and customer experience - and with the finest of fare and wines, the camp is regularly ranked as one of the top safari camps in Botswana. The camp is placed in the Condé Nast Traveler's exclusive "Platinum Circle", recognising its inclusion in the prestigious Gold List for five successive years.
Apart from its predators, the Mombo Concession is renowned for its large concentrations of plains-game, elephant and buffalo. Several lion prides, genet cats and hyaena live in abundance here. As in the rest of the Okavango Delta, this is a paradise for bird lovers, with over 500 species. Key wildlife include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, impala, zebra, wild dog, hyena, and hippo.
The main camp
The luxurious camp is excellent for an African safari due to the huge numbers of animals that congregate here around the year.
Besides great game viewing opportunities, the camp presents a curio shop and a spa. The spa treatment room features a separate waiting room, treatment room and en-suite facilities with an indoor- and outdoor shower. The deck outside offers wonderful views over the floodplain, making a peaceful place to relax.
All the central facilities of the camp are being refurbished extensively in a 'safari chic' style. The pub and library are newly designed, the dining-room is being enlarged, a pizza deck and oven, a gym and kids playroom will be added. Also in the offering is a new orientation room, where guests can learn more about the Delta before leaving on game drives.
- Located on the famous Chief's Island in the Moremi Game Reserve
- Seasonal Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions
- Big Five game viewing
- Exclusive safari experience
- Our camp offers land and water-based activities
- Consistently rated as one of the top safari camps in Botswana by Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in the rooms
Guest accommodation comprises 12 permanent, secluded luxury bush pavilions. The main deck is split-level and offers expansive views over the floodplain, while a splendid swimming pool is on the lower level of the deck. The luxurious rooms feature a four poster bed swathed in mosquito netting, a small seating area and private viewing deck overlooking the surrounding floodplains of the Okavango Delta.
- double vanities
- indoor and outdoor showers
- ceiling fan
- in-room safe
- emergency intercom
- mosquito nets
- minibar Complimentary wireless internet access
- Electricity supply is by a silent packed generator and solar power
The New Luxury Bush Pavilions
The bush pavilions at Chief's Camp will be re-built and the size of the 12 pavilions increased significantly from 51 sqm to 141 sqm, making them some of the largest in the Delta.
Each pavilion is to feature a tranquil outside seating place and a terrace plunge pool. New bathrooms with a spacious outdoor shower and a big bath tub, floor to ceiling windows and folding glass doors with a stunning outlook over the surrounding waters of the Okavango Delta.
- Private dining nook
- Nespresso machine
- Outside seating place
- Plunge pool
- Air-conditioning and fan
New interconnecting suites
A new Mini Suite (2 guests) and a Luxury Suite (4-6 guests) is planned. The Luxury Suite is to be named after luxury safari pioneer Geoffrey Kent and will contain memorabilia from his travels. Private features and services included with the new suites are:
- Indoor lounge
- Boma with fire pit
- Vehicle and guide
- Premium drinks
We pride ourselves on our personalised service, and this includes your culinary preferences. Our meals are freshly prepared, and the standard and choice are of high quality, yes, in the middle of the African bush.
Executive Chef Harry Feiersinger, whose culinary education started at the hotel school Absam Hall in Austria, has a true passion for food and is delighted in catering for every need.
Celebrating a special occasion? We can arrange a romantic private dinner on your suite deck or by the pool area. Dinner might include a choice of courses specially prepared by our chef.
With prior notice, our camp can arrange halal meals, but please note our kitchens aren't halal and our chefs are not trained in halal food preparation. Regrettably, we cannot offer kosher meals.
Wake up early in the morning as your tent attendant brings fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate to your room - prepared just the way you prefer it. The rich aromas and with the excitement of what sightings the African bush might offer today is enough to get anyone moving.
Before departing for your morning game drive, enjoy a scrumptious full English and continental breakfast. Upon your return to camp an early buffet lunch is served under the trees out on the deck of the main camp. The menu includes a choice of meat and vegetarian dishes, salads and breads fresh from the oven - made here in the middle of the bush.
Afternoon tea is definitely a highlight for most. The choice of cakes, warm scones and quiche is hard to resist. Indulge and enjoy with a delicious cup of coffee or a refreshing ice tea before setting off for your afternoon of game viewing.
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, snacks during activities and dinners are included in your stay. Breakfast is served before the morning safari. During safari we will serve coffee, tea and a choice of scones and biscuits out in the bush. You will savour your lunch back at the camp.
Afternoon tea is served just before the afternoon safari and offers a choice of cakes, sweet and savoury treats, tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices. Afternoon and evening game drives include classic sun-downer cocktails and canapes at particular selected spots before returning to the camp for pre-dinner drinks and dinner.
Your afternoon game drive ends with classic sun-downer cocktails and canapés at a selected spot. Few things are as spectacular as an African sunset, especially if you are lucky enough to hear a fish eagle call at the end of another day. Return to the camp for pre-dinner drinks around the boma as you discuss the sightings of the day with friends and family.
- Breakfast: Continental and full English Breakfast
- Lunch: Table d'hôte
- Dinner: Table d'hôte, 3 course meal with 2 to 3 choices, one being a vegetarian
Enjoy thrilling guided game drives lead by qualified professional guides in customised open 4 x 4 game viewing vehicles. Because the camp is in a private concession, guests see animals up close and may discover incredible nocturnal species during evening drives.
Our expert guides are always on hand to share a wealth of wildlife knowledge, taking guests deep into the bush on morning and afternoon game drives. On the plains, watch the roaming lions that prey on the thousands of antelope, zebra and buffalo who live here around the year. Spot leopard, hyena and cheetah, and even the rare wild dog.
When the Okavango Delta is flooded, the case for much of the year, experience the gentle pace of a poled mokoro excursion along the narrow channels. Sit back and relax as you glide through lily ponds on local dugout canoes while viewing the surrounding animals - depending on water levels. Mekoros are available January to October but can't be guaranteed.
Scenic helicopter flights
Enjoy scenic helicopter flights over the permanent delta, exposing areas unreachable by vehicle or boat, and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. You may choose between a 30, 45 or 60 minute tour in a three seater, one turbine Bell Jet Ranger helicopter. The doors can be removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. Guests may choose when to go on their helicopter flights - we recommend early morning and late afternoon as these times offer the best light for photography. Flights are offered on a year round basis. Preferred flight times can be requested in camp when booking. Available to at least 2 guests.
A range of spa treatments are available from the spa treatment room. The treatment room, including the Africology spa treatment range used is environment friendly.
Choose from a range of facial skin care treatments such as the balancing rose facial, Body therapies include an African heated stone massage and our body rituals include a tropical immune boosting mud body wrap. The perfect way to end a day of spectacular game viewing.
The extra activities are not included in the tariff and can be pre-booked or while guests are in camp.
- all meals
- game viewing
- park fees
- laundry services
- emergency medical evacuation
- beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic - with the exception of champagne and premium brands)
- Scenic Helicopter Flights and Spa Treatments
- Tips/ Gratuities
- Curios and personal items
- Champagne and premium brand alcoholic beverages
- Any in-room treatments
- International air travel
- Visas - where required
- Departure tax
- Road transfers
- Internal flights
We welcome children 6 years and older at Chief's Camp.
Our friendly guides will offer children activities such as a predator safari game drive looking for lions, leopard, wild dogs and hyenas while teaching you more about these magnificent animals, or walking through the camp's pathways looking and identifying tracks of animals that passed through camp during the night - each night, just before sunset, the pathways are swept creating a new canvas for animals to leave their tracks. After a long day of fun, children will make their pizzas with the Chef.
A private vehicle must be booked for children aged 5 and younger.
When booking sole use of camp, the age restriction does not apply We have no formal child care facilities in the camp and thus children must be constantly under the care of their parents/guardians.
Children aged 15 years and younger are required to share with an adult. The camp can accommodate 1 triple.
Guests celebrating their honeymoon will receive special surprises during their stay. We try to keep honeymooners separate from other guests.
- Romantic turn-down with tea candle lights
- Mokoro (dugout canoe) excursion with a sparkling wine stop in a remote location (seasonal and depending on water levels)
- Private bush picnic with blanket and pillows (available if guests have a private vehicle and guide)
- Mid-morning bush stop with freshly made pastries, served with various condiments
- Private dinner at the pool (available if guests have a private vehicle and guide)
Clothing should be cool and comfortable. Greens, browns and khaki coloured clothing are advisable for safaris. We suggest long sleeves and long trousers for morning and evenings due to mosquitoes, and a fleece jacket as it could be cool in the early morning. Sturdy and comfortable shoes are essential.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats are essential, and binoculars and good cameras are a must.
The camp provides a torch, and complimentary mosquito repellent and toiletries.
Green season begins in late November and lasts through early March. This season has hot sunny days with occasional afternoon thundershowers cooling the surrounding bush. Average daily temperatures range from 20°C-38°C. The dry season runs from late May to early October. In winter (June-August) temperatures can plummet as low as 0°C at night with a daily high of around 26°C-28°C.
We recommend travellers to take precautions against malaria and we recommend speaking with your GP or personal physician four to six weeks before departure.
Travellers from, or passing through, countries declared as yellow fever infected areas must have an international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever upon arrival into Botswana.
Money & credit cards
Extras can be paid for with Visa, MasterCard and traveller's cheques. US dollars, Pounds, Euros and Rands are accepted but we will give change in the local currency. Diners Card and American Express Cards are not accepted.
Tipping is not obligatory but is generally accepted. Rates are US$15 per guest per day for the guide and US$10 per guest per day for the rest of the staff.
Chief's Camp prides itself on its personalised services. Please let us know if you have any special requests, interests, dietary requirements, allergies or medical conditions.