Exceptional luxury bush pavilions on Chief's Island in the Okavango Delta

Facilities & services
  • 12 bush pavilions with plunge pools
  • In-room air-conditioning and Wi-Fi
  • Luxury suite
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa and fitness centre
  • Powered by a solar farm
  • 4x4 game drives
  • Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions with guide (water levels permitting)

Positioned on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta, where seasonal floodwaters cause wildlife to congregate in great numbers, you cannot get closer to the wildlife of this rich habitat and in more natural luxury than at Chief’s Camp. With the preservation and protection of the environment in mind, the camp has been specially designed and is run so that if it is packed up and moved, there will be no trace of it having been there. It is also involved in initiatives which help to support local communities.

Each of the 12 luxury bush pavilions are vast with their own private decks, plunge pools and a dining area. Bathrooms enjoy showers both inside and out and a large bath tub with beautiful floor to ceiling windows and folding glass doors with a stunning outlook over the surrounding waters of the Okavango Delta.

There’s also the exclusive Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, named after the luxury safari pioneer Geoffrey Kent, that can host 4-6 people with its own lounge, boma area, kitchen, bar and a private vehicle, guide and waiter.

The camp is located in part of the Moremi Game Reserve, often termed the ‘predator capital of Africa’ in that nowhere else will you see such a range of these natural hunters in one place: wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, not to mention a large concentration of elephant too. With great guides who take you out on Mokoro (dug-out canoe) safaris when the waters are high, this offers a unique and intimate angle to tracking wildlife and spotting the bountiful birdlife of the delta. There are also 4WD game drives and helicopter air safaris available, although the latter is an additional activity, but well worth it.

Positive Impact

Leave no trace

Chief’s Camp has been designed so that the entire camp can be packed up without leaving a trace. The rubbish is taken out of the park for responsible destruction, and they have filtered water and recyclable water bottles.

Translocating rhinos

The camp is also part of Sanctuary Retreats, who have partnered with Rhino Conservation Botswana, the Botswana Defence Forces and others to translocate 20 rhino, both black and white, from South Africa to Botswana where they will be safer from poachers.

Empowering communities

Chief’s Camp supports The Bike Shop Programme empowering local communities through mobility: health care workers can see more patients, students can make the journey to school, middle- to low-income workers can get to work in an affordable manner, and families can carry more goods to and from home. Each bike shop employs five women, providing them with the opportunity to support their families through earned income. Donated bikes have been collected by Sanctuary Retreats staff in the US, UK, and Australia, as well as through their bike collection partner, Working Bikes.

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