for seeing buffalo in large numbers, with herds often exceeding 2,000.
Breakfast is served before the morning game activity. During your morning game viewing activity, coffee, tea and a selection of scones and biscuits will be served out in the bush. Lunch can be enjoyed back at the camp or perhaps you might consider indulging 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. Afternoon tea is served just before the afternoon game activity and offers a selection of cakes, sweet and savory treats, tea, and coffee and fresh fruit juices. Afternoon and evening game drives include classic sundowner cocktails and canapés at specially selected spots before returning to the camp for pre-dinner drinks and dinner. The standard and selection of all meals are exceptional, making it hard to believe that the camp is in the middle of the African bush. If you are celebrating a special occasion how about a special private dinner by the pool, complete with lanterns and candles for a romantic night under the African stars.
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 are combined with motorized boating excursions. Key wildlife include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, impala, zebra, wild dog, hyena, and hippo. Because Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to venture out after dark on night game drives to see the nocturnal animals. 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.
Walking safaris are led by professional armed guides that 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.
The Okavango Delta is of course flooded for much of the year and when it is, you 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.
Additional available activities to consider is the incredible experience of walking with three orphaned elephants in the bush brought up in the area by their guardians Doug and Sandi Groves. Every morning the elephants go for a walk around their home range, foraging for food. A few people each day are able to accompany them on their walk through the bush and see the wilds of Africa through the eyes of an elephant - a truly uplifting experience that makes a lasting impression on all who share their time with the elephants. This activity which is about four hours includes a leisurely paced walk with a trio of semi-habituated elephants, followed by a picnic lunch in their company. Another exciting optional activity is a scenic flight over the permanent delta, exposing areas unreachable by vehicle or boat and showcasing the sheer enormity of the Okavango Delta. There is the option of the doors being removed for unrestricted photographic opportunities.
AT A GLANCE
- 10 luxury tents with ceiling fans and large private decks
- Each en-suite tent features an indoor shower
- Rim flow swimming pool
- Wildlife viewing directly from the camp
- Located in a 260,000 acre private concession neighboring the game rich Moremi Game Reserve
- Wildlife includes lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, impala, zebra, wild dog, hippo and more
- Early morning and late afternoon into evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
- Walking safari
- Mokoro excursions and motorized boating
- Exclusive unique elephant interaction activity and scenic helicopter flights available at an additional cost
- All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
- Wi-Fi in all tents
- Curio shop
- Electricity supplied by silent packed generator and battery system