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Why Visit Botswana?

  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

A maze of sparkling lagoons, meandering channels and  overgrown islands teeming with wildlife, Botswana’s Okavango Delta lies like a sparkling jewel at the heart of the Kalahari Desert. Known as the river that never finds the sea, the Delta’s crystal-clear channels spread over the thirstlands of the Kalahari with their papyrus-fringed banks and fertile floating islands. Adapted for a life in and out of water, the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga are found in this watery wilderness. Lion, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog share the floodplains with large herds of elephant and buffalo.

Hippo inhabit the deeper channels and lagoons, while honeybadgers can be seen in broad daylight. Tall termite mounds are homes for families of dwarf and banded mongoose.
&Beyond boasts four magnificent lodges in the Okavango Delta, each with its own individual charm and character: Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp, Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp and Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge.

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    Set in a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees, &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge looks out over spectacular Delta views. Situated on a private concession, Sandibe has exclusive traversing rights over 22 500 hectares (55 600 acres) of wildlife land adjacent to the Moremi Game
    Reserve. Behind the lodge, golden- grassed floodplains stretch into the distance, framed by lush palm islands and the spires of giant termite mounds. The beautiful organic architecture of the lodge blends seamlessly with one of Africa’s most breathtaking landscapes. Drawing its inspiration from nature, &Beyond
    Sandibe is serene and earthy. Twelve elegant and intimate suites are raised above the papyrus like the nests of golden weaver birds and feature magnificent Delta views, as well as private plunge pools, cosy fireplaces and secluded nooks. Inside, the rooms become cocoons at night, with fireplaces for winter use.
    Interiors celebrate Botswana craft with pieces that include copper-clad mekoro, basketware and sculpted wooden tables. An interactive kitchen celebrates succulent Botswana beef, artisanal breads and pizzas, while a beautifully situated massage sala offers a selection of relaxing massages in a spectacular
    natural setting. Boasting one of the best wildlife experiences in the Delta, the lodge combines a magnificent natural location with an unusual yet beautiful design.
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    • Twelve suites (including a family suite)
    • Private plunge pools
    • Massage sala looking out onto beautiful views of the Delta channels
    • Gym
    • Interactive kitchen
    • Safari Shop
    • Cosy fireplaces in each elegant suite
    • Private wilderness concession
    • Elephant, semi-aquatic lechwe antelope, sitatunga, hippo, giraffe
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    • Day and night safaris, bush walks during the day
    • Situated in the Okavango Delta, a World Heritage Site
    • Beautiful setting on the edge of the Delta’s permanent waterways, with a lot of dry land for walks and drives
    • One of the best wildlife experiences in the Delta
    • Iconic species include giant horned kudu, secretary birds and bat colonies
    • African wild dog, leopard and lion are common
    • Elephant, semi-aquatic lechwe antelope, hippo, giraffe
    • 22 500 hectare (55 600 acre) private concession, so game viewing remains exclusive
    • Sensitive off-roading practices allow close-up game sightings
    • Bush walks explore the intimate details of this unique habitat
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    ACTIVITIES
    Included
    • Twice daily game drives
    • Bush walks
    • Children’s programme

    At an additional charge
    • Scenic helicopter flight

    GUEST SAFETY
    The lodge is not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Security guards accompany guests at all times when walking around the lodge at night.

    ACCESS
    • Scheduled charter flight to Chitabe airstrip within the Okavango Delta, followed by an hour game drive transfer to the lodge
    • Airlink have a flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Maun
    • Air Botswana have a flight from Johannesburg to Maun
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    BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
    All year round
    LANGUAGES
    English and Tswana
    NUMBER OF ROOMS
    12, including a family suite - Maximun 24 Guests
    TWIN BEDS
    All convertible to double
    CHILDREN
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in game drives or nature walks; children aged 6 to 11 can
    participate in game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion; children aged 16 and over can participate in nature walks
    WEATHER
    Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Winters (from May to September) are dry and cool and nights can be chilly.
    CHILDMINDING
    Available at an additional cost
    TRIPLES
    One (children 16 years and younger)
    AIR CONDITIONING, ROOM FANS, MOSQUITO NETS, PRIVATE PLUNGE POOLS,LAUNDRY INCLUDED
    Yes
    INDOOR & OUTDOOR SHOWERS,  SEPARATE WC, IN-ROOM SAFE, PERSONAL BARS, BUTLER’S HATCH, HAIRDRYER
    Yes
    WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
    No
    TELEPHONE,  BATH
    No
    CHECK IN / CHECK OUT
    12h00 – 14h00 / 11h00
    BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
    Year-round
    PRIVATE 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE
    Available at an additional cost
    INTERNET ACCESS
    Yes, wifi in guest area and suites
    TEMPERATURE
    Summer: Average of 18 ̊C to 32 ̊C / 64 ̊F to 90 ̊F, although temperatures can rise over 40 ̊C / 104 ̊F
    Winter: 8 ̊C to 21 ̊C / 46 ̊F to 70 ̊F
    RAINFALL
    The rainy season is from late December to late February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form
    of afternoon thundershowers;  average rainfall is approximately 500mm / 20”
    MALARIA
    The Okavango Delta is a malaria area and necessary precautions should be taken
    EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
    Gym at the spa with treadmill, rowing machine, stationary bicycle and weights
    MASSAGE
    At the spa or in-room
    AIRSTRIP
    Chitabe Airstrip
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LODGE FLIGHTS & ROAD TRANSFERS

 
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Details Mild Season 1 Nov '18 - 10 Jan '19
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) 1 - 3 Nights / per person per night sharing USD 1 350
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) 4 - 5 Nights / per person per night sharing USD 1 215
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) 6+ Nights / per person per night sharing USD 1 010
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 1 - 3 Nights / per suite per night USD 4 730
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 4 - 5 Nights / per suite per night USD 4 255
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 6+ Nights / per suite per night USD 3 545

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) & Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 6+ Nights Exclusion  6+ Nights Exclusion : Not valid Jun-Oct

Details Low Season 11 Jan '19 - 31 Marc '19 Mild Season 1 Apr '19 - 31 May '19
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Suite) 1 - 3 Nights / per person per night sharing USD 1 100 USD 1 350
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Suite) 4 - 5 Nights / per person per night sharing USD 1 045 USD 1 280
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Suite) 6+ Nights / per person per night sharing USD 880 USD 1 080
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 1 - 3 Nights / per suite per night USD 3 835 USD 4 730
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 4 - 5 Nights / per suite per night USD 3 645 USD 4 490
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 6+ Nights / per suite per night USD 3 065 USD 3 780
Tour Leader Rate (1-14 guests) USD 550 USD 675
Privat Vehicle USD 685 USD 685
Details High Season 1 Jun '19 - 31 Oct '19 Mild Season 1 Nov '19 - 10 Jan '20
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) 1 - 3 Nights / per person per night sharing USD 2 305 USD 1 350
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) 4 - 5 Nights / per person per night sharing USD 2 190 USD 1 280
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) 6+ Nights / per person per night sharing USD 2 190 USD 1 080
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 1 - 3 Nights / per suite per night USD 8 065 USD 4 730
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 4 - 5 Nights / per suite per night USD 7 660 USD 4 490
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 6+ Nights / per suite per night USD 7 660 USD 3 780
Tour Leader Rate (1-14 guests) USD 1 150 USD 675
Privat Vehicle USD 685 USD 685

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge(Suite) & Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Family Suite) 6+ Nights Exclusion  6+ Nights Exclusion : Not valid Jun-Oct

Inspired by one of the Okavango Delta’s most secretive inhabitants, the guest areas of &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge rise out of the trees clad in a wooden skin of shingles and timber that mirrors the pangolin’s body armour of overlapping scales. Organic and handmade, the lodge blends perfectly with its surroundings, becoming one with the Delta itself.
Stairs rising out of bower of trees lead into cool and spacious interior, ending on a terrace set just above ground level. A curved wooden roof soars high overhead, creating a grand and immense sense of scale. High interiors let in the clear African light and the endless Delta horizons, while an interactive kitchen tantalises guests with the fragrant aroma of spices at each mealtime. Warm and inviting, the vast expanse of the bar invites guests to linger over a sundowner drink or a morning cappuccino, enjoying spectacular views over a sea of papyrus from the elevated viewing deck. Descending to the shaded forest floor, a series of decks open out onto a lantern-lit boma formed from huge logs of descending size that mimic the tail bones of the pangolin.
Decorated in shades of copper and wood, intricately woven baskets abound throughout the guest areas, celebrating the arts and crafts of the Delta. The vast dining room is dominated by an immense table roughly carved from the root of an ironwood tree. Two large woven carpets duplicate the intricate patterns on the underneath of the area’s beautiful water lilies.

Grand interiors open out onto even grander vistas and every nook and cranny opens out onto unparalleled Delta views, even the cosy and intimate massage sala.

While the main guest areas embrace the shelter of the Delta forest, the twelve elegant guest suites peep out from beneath its canopy, raised above the fringes of papyrus that line the Delta channels.


Accommodation

Like the cosy nests of golden weaver birds that line the banks of the channel, the eight elegant guest suites of &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge peek out over the riverside reeds. Designed for both privacy and views, the suites are raised above the papyrus, peeking out from a canopy of wild palms and fig trees.
The suites’ organic design, complete with hand-woven exteriors, reinforces this cosy and intimate illusion. Looking out over the Delta, the suites are nestled into the big trees and thickets that spring up around the water’s edge.


Simple and organic, low-key décor complements the natural lines of the exteriors. A casual crocodile-embossed leather sofa for two and a naturally beautiful side table made from a tree trunk create an aura of casual comfort. The giant king-sized bed looks out on spectacular Delta views from underneath a dazzling white mosquito net. The sounds of Africa lull and soothe when you come awake in the morning, as elephants splash in the water, baboons chatter and birds call in the trees. Outdoor showers cater for those who simply cannot tear themselves away from the views, while discrete butler hatches add an aura of intimacy.
Sparkling private plunge pools mirror the cool waters of the Delta channels, while two large day beds invite guests to daydream away the afternoon gazing at a tranquil vista of water and sky. Presided over by twinkling, starry skies and set to the chorus of an orchestra of frogs, private meals are served on the large, elevated deck. Back inside, a wood-burning fireplace creates the ideal spot for cosy winter nights filled with reflection on adventures to be lived.

A Day at Sandibe Okavango

At &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to spoil you with the romance of Africa.

MORNING GAME DRIVE
As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on your door will wake you to the delights of a new day. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see that day over fragrant tea or coffee and morning biscuits or rusks. Explore the floodplains and grasslands of the Delta in search of the Big Five, encountering large herds of elephant and buffalo or elegant sable and roan antelope.

BREAKFAST
Return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast, with platters of fruit and cheese followed by a selection of hot breakfast dishes. Choose from eggs, oats, waffles or a number of other options.

LUNCH
If you wish, you can walk off your breakfast on a short walk near the lodge, accompanied by your guide, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Watch as the expert chefs in the interactive kitchen prepare the freshest of ingredients for a mouth-watering lunch.

AFTERNOON TEA
Cool off with a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool or indulge in an afternoon siesta or one of the comfortable day beds. Then enjoy a late afternoon tea before you embark on your afternoon game drive.

AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE
Set in out in search of wildlife once again, stopping to marvel at the spectacular sight of the setting sun casting a golden glow on the floodplains and Delta channels.

DINNER
Return to the lodge for a mouth-watering dinner under African skies.

All rates are confidential, inclusive of VAT and in US Dollars.
Accommodation rates are per person per night sharing, except for family suites and villas which are per family suite/villa per night.

Long-Stay Rates:

  • May be applied for a combination of &Beyond lodges in Africa (subject to seasonal availability of the offer), for the same guests on a single itinerary.
  • These cannot be used in conjunction with any other &Beyond offers, including Signature offers.
  • 6+ Night Long Stay Rate is valid 1 Jan - 31 May 2019, 1 Nov - 31 Dec 2019 and 1 - 10 Jan 2020.

Single Supplement: A single supplement of 50% applies from the first single room. A single supplement will be charged when an adult is sharing with an infant.

Triple rooms are suitable for a maximum of two adults.

Rate Includes: Accommodation, three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry (excluding Chobe and Savute Under Canvas), safari activities, emergency medical evacuation insurance, VAT, transfers to and from the lodge airstrip and park fees.

Rate Excludes: Telephone calls, safari shop purchases, gratuities, all items of a personal nature, champagne, cognacs, fine wines, premium brand spirits and cigars and landing fees.

Pilots and Local Driver-Guides: Rate only includes accommodation, meals, teas and coffees. Accommodation in a pilot/guide room is on a twin basis; single rooms will be allocated depending on availability.

Tour Leaders, Private Guides: Normal guest inclusions and exclusions apply. A maximum of 1 Tourleader on a discounted rate per 14 guests.

Private Vehicles:  A private 4x4 safari vehicle can be pre-booked at applicable lodges, subject to availability. Rates are per vehicle per night, from 2pm on day of arrival to 11am on day of departure. Please see applicable notes under our Child Policy for children joining on a private vehicle.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:  Please be advised that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.

CHILD POLICY

Child Age Rate (not applicable to villas/family suites) Notes Game Drives Nature Walks Other Activities
0 - 2 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge Cots subject to availability Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted
3 – 5 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults Free of charge Triple rooms subject to availability Not permitted; additional children's drives may be requested Not permitted Not permitted
6 - 16 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults 50% of full adult rate Triple rooms subject to availability Yes, 6-12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion 12 years and older Not permitted
6 – 16 years in own room 1st child: adult rate
2nd & 3rd child: 50% of adult rate
Max 3 children per room
(subject to triple room availability)
Yes, 6-12 yrs at Lodge Manager's discretion 12 years and older Not permitted


Childminders: Childminders are available but must be booked on the day of arrival. A rate of USD 5 per hour is payable at the lodge.
Whilst there are age restrictions for children permitted on game viewing activities, all ages will be accommodated on game drive and boat transfers to-and-from the lodge.

If paying for a Private Vehicle, children of any age may go on game drive, with access to sightings being at the discretion of the guide, based on the behaviour of both child and animals. Greater distances to animals may be adhered to, or certain sightings may be avoided, in order to ensure the safety of all. In the case of boating activities, the availability of boats may restrict private use and require forward planning.

FAMILY SUITE
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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge & Sandibe Okavango Tented Camp - 1 family suite (2 suites in close proximity linked by an enclosed walkway) -Rate Per suite - Maximum 2 adults + 2 children (3 children on request).

Renowned for its abundant wildlife, the Okavango Delta and the areas surrounding Sandibe Safari Lodge are home to a large number of species, including many predators, as well as a number of species adapted to the semi-aquatic lifestyle, such as the elegant red lechwe and shy sitatunga. Lion prides, cheetah, leopard and African wild dog may be encountered, while families of hippo hide in the deeper channels and lagoons. The area supports the continent’s largest surviving concentration of elephant and buffalo, while roan and sable antelope roam the open woodlands.
While lion are commonly encountered in the area surrounding Sandibe, they are not the only predator found in the area. Although predominantly nocturnal and difficult to spot, leopards are fairly common throughout the Okavango, particularly in dense riverine forest. The most secretive of the large cats, leopard prey on anything from medium-sized antelope to birds and rodents, and have even been known to eat fish stranded in shrinking pools as floodwaters recede.


Apart from the more commonly encountered predators, the Okavango is also a stronghold for the endangered African wild dog, although sightings of this rare animal are relatively uncommon. Exhibiting a fascinating social structure, wild dog live in packs led by a dominant pair, where each individual has a place in a strict social hierarchy. Greeting ceremonies between members of the pack precede the hunt, which generally takes place twice a day and involves the entire pack in an open chase that relies on the dogs’ stamina to run down their prey.

One of the most commonly encountered antelope in the Okavango, the red lechwe is especially adapted for the swampy conditions it lives in. Its splayed, elongated hooves give it a sure footing in muddy conditions, allowing it to inhabit the outskirts of the permanent swamps, where it feeds on the lush semi-aquatic grasses. A striking sight with their rust red coats, herds of female lechwe gather to feed in the choice grazing areas, where eager males join them during the breeding season in November.
With an incredible wealth of species, the Okavango is a haven for birding enthusiasts. One of its most sought after species is the huge but elusive Pel’s fishing owl. Living in pairs, this rare bird roosts in the densest evergreen thickets, emerging to haunt its favourite fishing spots after sunset. The owl only breaks this tight seclusion during the cool winter months, when it emerges to back in the warmth of the early morning sun.
A quintessential African sound, the haunting call of the fish eagle can often be heard echoing over the channels of the Okavango. More plentiful here than anywhere else in the world, these intensely territorial birds challenge competitors to regular calling duets. With their striking chestnut and white colours, breeding pairs of fish eagle may nest as close as 500 metres apart in this ideal habitat.

Signature Offers

OFFER VALIDITY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Signature offers may only be booked on 1-3 Night   rates, and may not be combined with any other offers.
Fly Me Around Botswana 11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20 Stay for 7 nights at any of our Botswana lodges and we'll include your flights
  •  Nightly   Rates are not applicable
  •  contact us for package rates and full terms and conditions.
  •  Stay at a maximum of 3 lodges per package.
  •  Nights spent at Sandibe will attract an additional supplement.
Honeymoon Offer

1 Jul '18- 30 Sep '18 &

11 Jan '19 - 10 Jan '20

Save 50% on one partner's accommodation
  •  One partner pays full rate and the other partner pays 50% of accommodation rate for the whole stay. Rate and honeymoon discount based on 1-3 night   rate.
  •  Offer is not applicable to &Beyond family suites and family tents.
  •  May not be combined with other offers or long stay rates. Valid for travel within 6 months of date of marriage.
  •  Minimum 2 night stay.
Valid from 1 January to 31 December 2018 - All rates are quoted in USD

Scenic flight

  • Thrill to an aerial view of the Okavango Delta as you soar above a vast maze of both permanent and fleeting waterways and floodplains that occupy an otherwise sandy corner of Botswana in a helicopter. Fly over rivers and pools dotted with lily pads, as well as a variety of wild animals that inhabit this unique habitat.
  • No Guests: Min 2; Max 3
  • 30 min Scenic flight  USD 495  per person
  • 45 min Scenic flight USD 628 per person
  • 1 hour Scenic flight USD 778  per person

Tsodilo Hills Half Day Trip

  • Guests travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills, set in the midst of the Kalahari Desert, by helicopter. They will hike up the craggy hillside with a San guide to view some of the area’s 4 500 rock paintings, which date back 26 000 years. Considered sacred by the San, evidence of human activity on the hills goes back 100 000 years.
  • Either morning or afternoon, includes all entry fees and refreshments.
  • No Guests: Min 2; Max 10
  • Duration : ½ day
  • Rates: USD 1 609 per person

Village Tours

  • This helicopter trip to some of the most remote villages in the Okavango Delta offers guests insight into a way of life that has changed very little over the generations. Following a scenic flight, a local guide will explain aspects of local life that include architecture, religious beliefs and traditional manners of hunting and fishing. Guests will also enjoy the opportunity to meet local craftspeople.
  • Includes refreshments.
  • No Guests: Min 2; Max 6
  • Duration : 2 hours
  • Rates: USD 538 per person

THE FINE PRINT

  • All rates are confidential,  in US Dollars.
  • Private 4x4 safari vehicles can be pre-booked at certain lodges at an additional cost and subject to availability.
  • All activities are weather dependent
  • The maximum number of guests on helicopter scenic flights is 3 with guaranteed window seats with doors removed for photo opportunities.
  • No reimbursement will be made for any game drives missed due to optional activities booked.
  • Full details of listed activities available on request.
  • Rates subject to change without prior notice.
  • Please be advised that the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) is not allowed in any of the conservation areas we manage, until such time as their impact on wildlife and anti-poaching initiatives can be assessed. This rule will apply throughout Africa, as our partners in various countries and regions have adopted a similar stance.

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ABOUT THE LODGE

  • Safaris

    Safaris

    Spoil yourself with an unforgettable Botswana wildlife experience andenjoy complimentary flights between the camps.
    Botswana is a land of dramatic contrasts, from the crystal-clear watersof the Okavango Delta to the large elephant herds in the Chobe NationalPark and the unpredictable Savute Channel, which runs dry and floodsseemingly at random.
    Spend seven nights at a combination of up to three &Beyondlodges and camps in Botswana and enjoy complimentary flights.

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  • Family Travel

    Family Travel

    Children are welcome at &Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp.

    Family Travel

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