Operated by Sanctuary Retreats Stanley’s Camp is an intimate property centred around a large sitting and dining area with magnificent views over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. Guests can view giraffe and other plains game from the swimming pool and may even see rare wild dogs stalking on the flood plains. The area is known for large buffalo herds which often exceed 2000.
At Stanley’s Camp the canvas tents all have traditional ceiling fans and are individually designed, but have a classic and understated elegance draws from the mystique of the early explorers of this part of Africa. Wooden decks provide the opportunity for guests to relax in hammocks or enjoy cocktails before dinner in the spectacular diningroom.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is in a private concession which gives guests the ability to venture out at night adding an additional dimension to safaris and allowing guests to see the many nocturnal animals that live within the concession. Evening game drives start after sundown cocktails and use a spotlight see elusive nocturnal creatures. Water crossings add an additional dimension to game drives. When water levels are high game drives are sometimes combined with motor boat excursions.
Mokoro, or canoe, excursions give guests the opportunity to experience the Okavango Delta in a more sedate manner as the canoes are poled through the narrow channels allowing guests to see water life up close.
Sanctuary Stanley’s walking safaris are accompanied by professional guides as guests learn about the bush from another perspective, up close and personal with the environment. These safaris are the perfect way to develop ones senses and touch, feel and smell the African bush whilst listening to the guides in depth knowledge of the Okavango Delta
Additional activities at Stanley’s Camp include both elephant interaction and helicopter flights. The elephants, adopted by Sandi and Doug Groves, provide guests at Baines Camp the opportunity to go walking in the bush with the semi-habituated elephants. This gives the opportunity to see elephants up close, foraging and wallowing in the lagoons.
Scenic helicopter flights take guests at Stanley’s Camp to the west of the game drive routes and towards the permanent delta, areas unreachable by vehicle or boat. There is the option to remove the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities. This is always done with the greatest consideration to guest safety. These trips show the enormity of the Okavango delta as well as the sheer number and variety of animal species of the Okavango Delta region. These trips are 30, 45 or 60 minutes and conducted in a one turbine Bell Jetranger helicopter with 4 seats and offered on a year round basis.