Spectacular, renovated Chief's Camp sets a new bar with huge suites, expanded public areas - and its own solar farm
When you're already solidly on top it's hard to raise the bar - but that's just what Chief's Camp in Botswana has done. A top-to-bottom renovation has made this top-tier camp even more luxurious, with 10 beautiful, stylish pavilions that are triple the size of the previous suites, more privacy, additional public areas, a greatly reduced carbon footprint and a stunning, one-of-a-kind Geoffrey Kent Suite.
"The new Chief's Camp provides guests with every luxury and then some," says Charl Badenhorst, Operations Director for Sanctuary Retreats in Botswana. "And we've taken full advantage of our location in the best game-viewing area in Botswana by adding more outdoor spaces, including private plunge pools, expansive decks and private outdoor dining options so our guests can fully enjoy their surroundings."
Morning coffee delivery and heated mattress pads are just some of the special touches at the camp. Each en suite bathroom has floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors, a spacious outdoor shower, a large, indulgent soaking tub and top-of-the-line amenities.
A magnificent addition to Chief's Camp is the huge, ultra-sumptuous Geoffrey Kent suite, a spectacular space befitting the founder of luxury African safaris. At 6,674 square feet, the suite can accommodate two to six guests in complete seclusion. It features two pavilions, a private kitchen, indoor lounge, private boma with fire pit, and secluded deck area. It is fully staffed with a dedicated chef, personal waiter, housekeeper and a private safari vehicle with guide, and is ideal for honeymooners or groups of friends or family.
In addition to some of the most luxurious suites in Botswana, guests will find new public areas to enhance their experience. Additions include a bar and library, more expansive dining room, fitness center, sprawling deck with pizza oven, a "Children's Retreat" and an orientation room where guests can learn more about the Delta before embarking on game drives.
And in keeping with the camp's mission of operating in as eco-friendly a way as possible, the camp has built its own solar farm.
"We wanted the camp to be completely off-grid and use 100% renewable energy sources," says Charl. The solar farm is one of the largest in Botswana and will provide 70% of the energy for the lodge.
Still, why upgrade a camp that was already one of Botswana's most popular?
"Because we want to continue to define luxury," says Charl. "And while spectacular wildlife viewing is why guests come to Botswana, the experience is still all about 'thread count' - the right bed and all the extras, no matter the destination."