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The Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of luxury safari lodges and expedition ships brings the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity. Located in some of the most stunning locations in the world, each property is completely individual in its design and operated around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally."

Sanctuary Retreats was born in Africa with the first of our Sanctuary Lodges, Sanctuary Olonana, in Kenya in 1999. We now own and operate additional lodges and camps in Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Building on our heritage of luxury adventure travel, we also manage and run six spectacular river cruise ships in some of the most amazing cultural and ecological sites in the world. Our cruises explore epic rivers - the Yangtze in China, the Nile in Egypt and the Irrawaddy in Myanmar

Sanctuary Kusini

Country: Tanzania

Destination: Serengeti National Park

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 12

Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of our traditional tented camps, Sanctuary Kusini.

Sanctuary Kusini is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt and remote part of the Southern Serengeti where the wildebeest migration congregates on an annual basis.

Sanctuary Kusini’s location was specially selected by our guides and local experts. The camp is nestled in a woodland area surrounded by kopje. Built around a spectacular rocky outcrop and on the path of the wildebeest migration, the camp is ideal for seeing cheetah and wildebeest that congregate on the grassy plains in the calving season from mid-December to March.

Accommodation is offered in twelve double tents scattered around the main kopje. Each extremely spacious tent has ensuite facilities with an indoor shower. Large private decking with comfortable furnishings extends in front of each tent, with views of the surrounding bush below where zebra, buffalo and lion are a common sight year-round. The tented rooms feature mosquito netting, hairdryers and in room safe. Guests also have a personal tent attendant to look after their every need during their stay.

The dining area, lounge and library are housed in the main area, which affords spectacular views from its wooden deck and the adjacent kopje. The camp also has a bush boutique for curio shop purchases. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in the rooms. Electricity supply is a combination of silent packed generator and battery system.


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Sanctuary Swala

Country: Tanzania

Destination: Tarangire National Park

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Lodge

Number of Rooms: 12

Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of our remote luxury safari camps, Sanctuary Swala.

Sanctuary Swala is located in an exceptionally private section of the Tarangire National Park, offering visitors a luxurious and exclusive safari experience. Elephant in particular love to come to the camp to drink at the water hole and big cats are often seen among the massive baobab trees.

Sanctuary Swala has been built to the highest eco-friendly standards and offers 12 luxurious open-plan and spacious canvas tents; all shaded by acacia trees and within site of the waterhole frequented by elephants and big cats. Each tent has an ensuite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower and features a spacious open plan arrangement with comfortable king or twin beds, campaign chairs and plush sofas.

A hair dryer, ceiling fan, in room safe, mosquito nets and private deck are available in all tents. Each tent has a personal attendant to attend to guests’ every need. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area and in all guests’ tents.

The main dining area, deck and library are lifted on stilts around an enormous and ancient baobab tree. Electricity supply is a combination of silent packed generator and battery system allowing 24-hour power supply


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Sanctuary Olonana

Country: Kenya

Destination: Masai Mara

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Safari Lodge

Number of Rooms: 15

Sanctuary Olonana is an exceptional luxury safari lodge set on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara.

Featuring 14 glass-sided suites, Sanctuary Olonana is inspired by the Masai Mara’s breath-taking natural wonders, an abundance of wildlife, and a dramatic river which runs right past its forest setting. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides, Olonana makes for a wonderful African safari.

The  Geoffrey  Kent  Suite,  launched  in  2019,  allows  travellers  to  immerse  themselves  in  secluded  ultra-luxury  in  this sophisticated  free-flowing  space.  Guests  will  enjoy  two  ensuite  bedrooms,  an  additional  family  room,  wraparound private decking and infinity pool,  lounge  and dining area,  and private  vehicle and safari guide.


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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Country: Uganda

Destination: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Lodge

Number of Rooms: 10

Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of our most secluded camps, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda, home to almost half the world’s last surviving mountain gorillas.

Located within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park’s most famous resident – the mountain gorilla. Due to its unique location, it’s not unusual for the gorilla families to visit the camp itself. This luxury camp features ten rooms and a bar, lounge and dining area overlooking the rainforest.


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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero

Country: Botswana

Destination: Chobe National Park

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Safari Lodge

Number of Rooms: 15

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Chobe National Park, home to the worlds largest remaining population of elephants.

Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far across as Namibia. This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 suites, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.

 


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Sanctuary Baines' Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Safari Camp

Number of Rooms: 6

Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of our smallest camps, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp.
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is perched above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and with its vast and diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience and offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa.
An intimate safari camp, Sanctuary Baines’ was named after the 19th century explorer and painter Thomas Baines. This is Sanctuary’s smallest camp with just six suites set on elevated platforms in the tree line with wooden decks that offer expansive views over the permanent water of the Boro River and a lagoon teeming with life. An eco-friendly property, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp was built using only commercially grown wood, with over 150,000 recycled aluminium cans incorporated within the walls to provide insulation.

The six raised abodes at this boutique camp have light and airy bedrooms opening out onto curved terraces overlooking the Boro River. Each luxury suite features ensuite facilities, a private viewing deck with Star Bath and four-poster Sky Bed swathed in mosquito netting.
The four-poster beds are fully mobile and can easily be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River. For the ultimate indulgence, guests can enjoy a Star Bath on the deck. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, ceiling fan, in-room safe, minibar, and mosquito nets. Ensuite facilities include an indoor shower and double vanity. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in all of the rooms of the camp.
Discover a world entirely interconnected by wooden walkways – greet the hippos and step straight from the camp’s jetty into a boat. Follow the raised boardwalks and find communal spaces encircling a sculptural earth formation and rising acacia thorn tree. The camp also has a swimming pool with two thatched salas on either side. Electricity supply is solar energy, with a back-up generator system.


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Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Safari Camp

Number of Rooms: 11

Welcome to the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action and adrenaline and refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodelled luxury camp.

Personal service, an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and enthusiastic expert guides are the hallmarks of a Sanctuary Retreats experience – here at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp we promise a unique attention to detail and strong environmental and philanthropic credentials to ensure the ultimate luxury safari experience.

This award-winning camp re-opened on 1st June 2016 after an extensive rebuild and redesign. The 10 bush pavilions and luxury suite are some of the largest in the area (141 - 620 m2) and each feature a private dining area, a tranquil outside seating area and a terrace pool – all perfect for absorbing the surrounding plains and majestic African skies.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp’s sophisticated accommodation with natural hues and materials that complement the charismatic scenery and the first-class dining and wines, regularly earns rankings among the world’s top safari destinations from arbiters such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.


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Sanctuary Stanley's Camp

Country: Botswana

Destination: Okavango Delta

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 10

Sanctuary Stanleys Camp is built on a 260,000 acre private concession in the renowned Okavango Delta. This traditional safari camp has a large lounge area and dining area with incredible views over the floodplains in front of camp. The main area features a bar from where refreshing drinks are always served with a smile, a small library area and curio shop. From the swimming pool - a real treat after a hot day of game viewing - guests can watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah and sometimes catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs. Everything about Sanctuary Stanleys Camp is built to the highest ecological standards so that we dont damage this highly sensitive area.


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Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma

Country: Zambia

Destination: Livingstone

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Safari Lodge

Number of Rooms: 12

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, twelve kilometres upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls.

Named after Dr. David Livingstones faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi amidst Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, providing unrivalled views and exclusivity. Accommodation is in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways.


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Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

Country: Tanzania

Destination: Serengeti National Park

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Semi-permanent Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 10

Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp takes the traditional tented camping experience to new heights; and offers luxury traditional tented accommodation not seen elsewhere in the Serengeti. The small and intimate camp comprises of just 10 luxury safari tents, all with ensuite bathrooms with indoor bucket showers, kingsize beds, and everything that makes a Sanctuary tented camp an authentic safari experience. All the tents also feature hairdryers, mosquito nets, in-room safes and a small sitting area in front of each of the tents where early morning coffee and biscuits can be enjoyed before starting the day of incredible game viewing. The large and comfortable communal tents provide a dining area where scrumptious meals are served, a lounge area perfect for afternoon relaxation, and lounge bar where pre-dinner drinks are served. All of the main areas include breath taking views of the spectacular surrounding scenery and large trees surrounding this intimate camp. Comfortable sofa spots are also set up around the camp to afford unique viewpoints. Electricity supply is a combination of silent packed generator and inverter battery system.


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Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Country: Tanzania

Destination: Ngorongoro Crater

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Camp

Number of Rooms: 10

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area - situated in the Ngorongoro Crater rim valley, close to the access road into the crater, giving guests unrivaled access to the crater floor.

The park is full of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo and elephants. Supported by a year-round supply of water and food; the park supports a massive variety of animals, including its impressive population of predators, including lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the elusive leopard.

The camp offers ten classic safari tents - each with its own en-suite bathroom. The tents also feature hairdryers and plug points and a small sitting area in front of each of the tents where early morning coffee and biscuits can be enjoyed before starting the day of incredible game viewing. The main common areas include a dining area, bar area and lounge area as well as comfortable sofas placed in specially-selected locations around the camp.

 


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Sanctuary Tambarare

Country: Kenya

Destination: Laikipia

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Lodge

Number of Rooms: 10

Nestled amongst fever trees in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Sanctuary Tambarare, opened June 2022, delivers the perfect balance of adventure and serenity. Sanctuary Tambarare looks out across the grassy plateau of the award-winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy, 90,000 acres of unspoilt African landscape, where the Big Five roam, including the last two northern white rhinos on earth.

With just 10 luxurious guest tents, Sanctuary Tambarare is a peaceful haven that reflects its surroundings – with a generous helping of indulgence. After adventurous days tracking lions, riding horses with rhinos or spotting giraffes, elephants, gazelle and zebra in this stunning wildlife retreat, guests can retire to the secluded tented camp for sundowners, relaxation and attentive five-star service.


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Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Country: Namibia

Destination: Kaokoland

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Safari Lodge

Number of Rooms: 7

This tiny oasis of luxury is nestled in the heart of the deserted Kaokoland, ensuring a rare tranquil experience. The dramatic earth-coloured architecture perfectly suits the epic landscape.

The magnificent lodge sits atop the banks of the Hoarusib Riverbed and is an impeccably appointed base for your adventures, which include desert game drives with local guides, tracking black rhinos on foot, exploring the phenomenal clay castles and sipping sundowners as the sun sets over the dunes.


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Okahirongo River Camp

Country: Namibia

Destination: Kaokoland

Property Group: Sanctuary Retreats

Style: Tented Lodge

Number of Rooms: 6

This luxurious tented camp is far away from it all, on a ridge above the Kunene River in northwest Namibia. The desert landscape stretches out to meet mystical peaks along the horizon.

The serene desert stillness is captivating. Often, the only sound you’ll hear in camp is the soothing ripple of the rapids below. Encounter this amazing ecosphere through walking safaris, scenic drives and river cruises.


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