One of CCAfrica's portfolio, Sandibe was built, as are their other lodges and camps, with a commitment to "treading lightly on the earth". Sheltering in a forest of wild palms and twisting fig trees, Sandibe Safari Lodge is flanked by channels of the permanent delta. Behind the lodge, grassy plains stretch into the distance, casting up silhouettes of lush palm islands, spires of giant termite mounds and ancient baobabs, some still bearing a winding garland of climbing pegs, used long ago by San people in search of honey.
Each of the eight private rooms has been positioned around special features, such as a vast, sentinel termite mound, lovely old trees and a view of an age-old elephant crossing. No trees were sacrificed, instead rooms were built in natural clearings, and any saplings that had to be moved were transplanted to the forest. Each thatched, twin-bedded or double room with en-suite dressing room and open-air shower, has been designed to recreate the mood of the forest. Walls have become airy screens, allowing the gentle breezes to cool the rooms, which are decorated in a rich and sensuous fusion of ochres and textures, from leather to silk and rough-hewn wood. Private verandahs and decks are idyllic vantage points in this birdwatcher's paradise.
At the heart of the camp, within a leafy bower, a soaring abbey of trees forms the central lounge and dining area with quiet hammocked decks affording views across the watery labyrinth and savannahs. At night, its golden light pours out onto the leaf strewn forest floor as the fire and a constellation of candles in the boma halo the dining table. Here you may feast on the delicious pan-African cuisine and fine wines that await guests on their return from the evening game drive.
It is to the Okavango Delta that animals come, in the dry winter months, in their search for food and water. The game crosses great distances, under the close vigil of the great predators. Sandibe has a remarkable location, between permanent water and the wide plains, which makes the big game viewing excellent in the May to November winter months. By October the seasonal delta is shrinking. Far-off clouds start to build, and creatures unseen for months reveal themselves: tortoises, frogs, gargoyle-headed chameleons. Many of the larger animals disperse but often yesterday's quiet plain may be seething with animals on the morrow. Water birds flock to the marshes, male birds don their breeding plumage and new life then comes to the Okavango. Antelope give birth to their wide-eyed young and litters of bat-eared foxes peep from their secret burrows. Sandibe and the Okavango will mesmerise with their endless magic.
· All meals and non-imported drinks inclusive
· Game drives 4x4 and bush walks inclusive
· Picnics and fishing inclusive
· Mokoro (dug-out canoe) trips inclusive
· Breakfast and lunch under thatch, open-air dining area
· Mezzanine leisure and library area
· 8 rooms, twin or double bedded, in thatched cottages with private bathroom. Shower is partly outside, double basins. Overhead fan. Private viewing deck.