Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is your classic camp in every way!
A classic tented camp located on a private concession in the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp offers a varied game viewing experience as well as our unique elephant interaction.
Overview and Accommodation
Sanctuary Stanleys Camp, Okavango Delta
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is a classic tented camp with just eight tents built under an imposing African Ebony tree on a private concession overlooking the Okavango floodplains.
From the swimming pool, watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains.
CLASSIC SAFARI CAMP
Sanctuary Stanley’s 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 Stanley’s Camp is built to the highest ecological standards so that we don’t damage this highly sensitive area.
TRADITIONAL SAFARI TENTS
The intimate camp features only eight safari canvas tents, each individually designed, furnished with African antiques that exude a classic and understated elegance that harks back to the explorers and colonialists of the 19th century. Each tent has a large wooden deck providing private areas where you can relax in a hammock while soaking in the surrounding sights and sounds or enjoy cocktails, before dinner is served in the spectacular dining mess.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Facilities
- Internet Access.
- Balcony / Deck.
- Dressing Gowns.
- Hair Dryer.
- Pure Cotton Linen.
- Lounge Area.
- Complementary Wi-Fi.
- Babysitting Service.
- Laundry Service.
LUNCH WITH ELEPHANTS?
Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee before indulging in a full English and continental breakfast before departing for your morning game viewing activity which could be a game drive, walking safari, mokoro excursion. If you decide to experience our unique elephant interaction activity you will enjoy a secluded bush brunch in the company of these three gentle giants, Jabu, Morula and Thembi – how many people can say they’ve had lunch with elephants in the bush? Afternoon tea is served just before your next game viewing activity and includes a delicious selection of warm scones, quiche’s, biscuits and refreshing drinks. During your afternoon game viewing activity you might stop for sundowner drinks and snacks before heading back to camp for pre-dinner drinks and a three course dinner. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special romantic private dinner right under the African sky.
WATER LUNCHES AND PRIVATE DINNERS
As Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is situated on a private concession we are also able to offer tranquil water lunches (seasonal). Indulge in a freshly prepared buffet style lunch while sitting with your feet in the cool shallow waters of the Okavango Delta as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area and wildlife. If you are celebrating a special occasion we could arrange a special private dinner by the pool, complete with lanterns and candles for a romantic night under the African stars. The standard and selection of all our meals are of the very highest quality, making it hard to believe that the camp is in the middle of the African bush.
Various different elephants have been coming into the camp quite often in recent months and spending time near the rooms, thrilling guests as they gently roam through the camp, munching on branches very close to the protected viewing decks in each private room. The most commonly-spotted animals have been the cheeky hyenas who have been harassing the other predators, trying to steal their kills. It has been a very exciting time in the Delta. The nearby hyena den has three new inquisitive young ones running around which have been spotted by guests. Guests were incredibly lucky to spot a wild dog on the walkway to the guest rooms. The mother leopard and her cub seem to be doing well as our guides regularly see them.
Lions, zebras, giraffes, ostriches, baboons, rhinos, buffalos, hippos, llephant herds with lots of babies, impalas, warthogs and many different birds have been seen recently in the game reserve. This has been a particularly brilliant time to spot tree climbing lions. Leopards have been spotted with some regularity, including nearby the airstrip where one was seen stalking an impala whilst other guests were lucky enough to see 4 leopards over 2 days spent with us.
Game drives are not typical here, as water crossings are part of the adventure, and watching zebra standing belly-deep in water, grazing, is a sight to see. Even giraffe will cross water up to their hocks. During higher water levels, game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession which means we can also venture out at night on exciting game drives to see the many nocturnal animals that live here. The evening drive starts after sundowner cocktails, using a spotlight to identify nocturnal creatures including the ones that are easier to catch a glimpse of in the dark, like hyena and leopard. Tiny fireball eyes that seem to levitate through the air and reappear again in different trees are bush babies, just one of several different creatures to be found.
Our professional guides will show you the bush on foot. This is a chance to see the Delta from a different perspective, one that is up close and personal with the surrounding environment. Walks allow you to read the news of the night in the smooth sand of the road. Lion, leopard, elephants, genets and even millipedes are all part of the signs, each with their story to tell. A walking safari is about seeing the small five and the various flora in the area.
The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, guests can experience serene silence at 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 seeing eye to eye with a buffalo as it laps water from the river, watch crocodiles sunbathe on the banks or cruise past a pod of hippos as they lie in a pool. Fish eagles, frogs and fabulous lilies form much of this experience, but more frequently it is the quietness and gentle pace that makes its impression.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp Reviews
“What a magical place this is – we had an amazing time! The camp has superb facilities and each “tent” is very spacious and solid so feels like a normal luxury hotel room. The staff were all without exception very friendly and helpful. Our game drives were very memorable as we saw so much wildlife in beautiful settings.” – David M
“Stanley camp was so special,we had a magical time there.the manager was exceptional nothing was any trouble for her.the choir, our welcome the food, the wonderful setting,are what you hope for but very rarely get,hats off to Stanley and baines camp where we also stayed, the baths on the veranda where a complete surprise.” – Ann H
“Our stay at Stanley’s Camp was fabulous from the moment our guide Alan met us from Stanley’s airstrip to the sad moment we had to leave 4 days later. Each game drive was special and Alan’s knowledge of the bush never ceased to impress and interest us. The camp is small and intimate with very welcoming and caring staff.” – AgentLu