Situated in the western corner of a small concession bordering Chief’s Island, the wildlife around Sandibe Safari Lodge is almost guaranteed to be outstanding throughout the year. This is one of Botswana’s best reserves for varied wildlife and “dry” activities, largely revolving around exceptional day and night game drives. The abundant plains game that seems to settle and make a near-permanent home in the reserve attracts significant numbers of leopard and large prides of lion, while this is renowned as one of the Delta’s best areas for wild dog. Walking safaris, mokoro excursions and motorboat activities are also possible at certain times of year to provide extra variety.
The camp itself is tailored towards maximising this heavy wildlife traffic, with an open sided split level lounge, bar and dining area looking out to the riverine woodland surrounding camp. An open fire area hosts meals and drinks under the African sky, while a small plunge pool offers the chance to cool off after a morning activity. There are eight solid chalets constructed with stone walls and thatched roofs, stylishly adorned inside with African themed trinkets. Each has a private viewing deck facing out to the Santantadibe River and outside shower facilities. With a focus squarely on land based game viewing, Sandibe combines perfectly with its sister camp Nxabega.