- &Beyond Camp
- Luxury & Contemporary
- Private Concession
- Vehicle, Walking and night safari's
Sandibe is a contemporary and high quality &Beyond lodge set within a private concession along the South eastern border of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve within the Okavango Delta.
In this pristine wilderness stretching over 250 square kilometres you have the opportunity to explore a grassland area rich in wildlife and see predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard hunting impala and antelope. This area is rich in wildlife in the June-October dry season, less so in the nov/April green season when wildlife is more dispersed. It is worth noting there are no water based activities here without taking a trip to one of the wetter camps. Bush walks and night drives are possible here but there are no water based activities here without taking a trip to one of the wetter camps.
Sandibe Safari Lodge is luxury accommodation only accessible by light aircraft into the nearby Chitabe Airstrip and there follows about an hours drive to the Lodge. Set in shady woodlands to the north west of the concession the safari lodge provides eight Meru tent suites raised on wooden platforms with a private veranda and glass sliding doors into the tent. Each double bed is fitted with a walk in mosquito net and the rooms have air-conditioning, a ceiling fan and butler service. The camp has Wifi access in the central areas and has 24 hour solar power with power outlets in the rooms for charging electronic equipment. Animals are free to wander in and out of the camp, the most obvious are the vervet monkeys that drop in from trees above and the elephants which saunter through in search of seed pods fallen from the trees.
The camp is operated by &Beyond and this is reflected in the lavish lodges (which are a little more contemporary in style than the usual) and a high quality of service. The safari experience is perhaps not as intensive, there is a more gentle approach with more relaxation and shorter safari trips. The emphasis here is more of a purely wilderness experience rather than interacting with the 'real' Africa.
Sandibe Safari Lodge has no minimum age. Game drives are available to children aged twelve years and older. Children aged six to twelve are permitted on game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion, while those aged 12 to 16 can enjoy boating activities on a similar basis. Nature walks and mokoro activities are limited to those over the age of 16. While children younger than six cannot participate in lodge activities, childminders can be arranged during activities and at meal times at an additional cost. There is one family unit made up of two interconnecting suites, otherwise should parents wish to share a room with younger children, the lodge is able to accommodate one triple room, where an additional bed is set up in the parents’ room for children 16 years or younger.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019