Baines' Camp (Okavango Delta)
Sanctuary Baines' Camp is located on a huge private
concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango
Delta, home to some of the most spectacular wildlife on
Earth. This is Sanctuary's smallest and most intimate camp,
with only five luxurious suites. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is
located on the Boro River, set amongst the shady trees and
water of the Okavango Delta, on a private concession
neighboring the Moremi Game Reserve.
The camp, named after the famous 19th century explorer
Sir Thomas Baines, features five luxurious suites set on
elevated platforms in the tree line with wooden decks that
offer expansive views over the permanent water of the river
and a lagoon teaming with life.
This low environmental impact camp has been built using
commercially grown wood and recycled tin cans. The local
community in Maun were invited to collect as many cans as
they could, and paid a fee for every can collected. These
cans were then incorporated into the camp buildings, forming
the backbone of the structures.
The five tented suites at Sanctuary Baines' are opulent
and luxurious, with adjoining outdoor bathrooms and
four-poster beds swathed in mosquito netting. Traditional
safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the
hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be
wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under
the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro
River where hippo can often be spotted.
There is a communal swimming pool, and the wide wooden
deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the
ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife
present here. See prowling lions looking for prey at the
edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or watch one of
the many elephants who live in the area.
Activities / Wildlife:
Here in the Okavango Delta lives some of the most
spectacular and varied wildlife on Earth. Famed for its big
cat and bird population, the delta is a peaceful haven where
animals have been protected for decades and know they will
not be disturbed. Guests have the opportunity to see animals
up close when expert guides accompany them on morning and
evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles.
A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of
the nocturnal animals one wouldn’t see during the day time.
The park also boasts a diversity of landscape with desert,
dry savannah, lagoon and swamps in close proximity –
cheetah, crocodile and elephant can also be seen on a game
The wildlife is spectacular all year round and because
Sanctuary Baines’ is set in a private concession guests can
get very close in perfect safety with one of the guides.
Highly trained English speakers, the guides show visitors
all the signs of the bush on exciting walks along the animal
paths that surround the camp.
They can show travelers how to track and follow even the
most elusive of animals in the Okavango or introduce guests
to some of the 500 bird species that live at this confluence
of habitats. Looking at the size of a rhino’s footprint, and
tracking the animals nocturnal perambulations is
informative, exciting and a little nerve wracking for
Walking is a leveling experience for many guests, who
have only ever driven around in a safari vehicle and enjoyed
sitting above lion, elephants and other animals. On foot,
one cannot approach these animals, obviously, but learning
about them, walking their walk and seeing the bush at their
level is a wonderful and educational experience.
Mokoro Rides and Boat Rides
One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary
Baines’ Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes.
These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from
commercially grown wood and fiberglass to protect the
fragile environment of the Okavango.
In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to
float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the
delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water, but
also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new
and exciting angle. This gentle and informative mode of
safari is unique to the river bushmen, comprising three
different tribes who made the Delta their home.
This activity is subject to water levels. For the less
intrepid, Sanctuary Baines' also has motorized speedboats
that can be used when the rivers are in flood.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES - ELEPHANT INTERACTION
An extraordinary treat available at Sanctuary Baines’
Camp is the opportunity to go walking in the bush with three
Jabu, Thembi and Morula are elephants that were orphaned
nearby and adopted by Doug and Sandi Groves. The elephants
‘take’ guests on long walks, foraging in the area in
absolute safety. They show travelers how they look for food,
strip leaves from branches with their long trunks and take
showers in the lagoons of the delta.
What better guide to the African bush than a fully-grown
African elephant? Even Sanctuary’s famously brilliant guides
bow to these elephants’ innate knowledge and bush-sense.
This activity includes a leisurely paced walk with a trio of
semi-habituated elephants, observing and interacting with
them, and a picnic lunch in their company.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES - HELICOPTER FLIGHTS OVER THE
These scenic flights involve flying west of the game
drive routes towards the permanent delta, exposing to guests
areas which are unreachable by vehicle or boat. Guests have
the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted
photographic opportunities. This is done with the utmost
consideration to guest safety. The activity highlights the
sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta exposing the many
animal species of the region. On completion you will return
to camp. Guests are offered a 30, 45 or 60 minute scenic
tour of the Okavango Delta in a one turbine Bell Jet Ranger
helicopter with 4 seats which is offered on a year round
Being a personalized activity guests have the choice
of when to do the activity however early morning and late
afternoon usually provide the best light for photography.
Some guests prefer to fly during the siesta period so as not
to miss out on the other activities. Preferred flight times
can be requested on booking. Guests meet their guide in the
reception area of the camp for their transfer to the
Helicopter activity. The transfer is approximately 10
minutes from camp.
Accommodation Rates:- From $725 per
person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and