Situated on Chief’s Island in the Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp was established in 1999, and as such offers a level of accommodation that is experienced, refined and luxurious.
Set in an area acclaimed for its predators, Chief Camp’s opens out onto a habitat boasting lion, cheetah, leopard and wild dog. A mixed, mature canopy – jackalberry, sausage and rain – provides the guests with a cool and shaded home base, and the main lodge houses a dining area, an upmarket safari shop, a secluded library and the mandatory bar. Other shared areas include an excellent pool, spa treatment rooms and, depending on the time of the year, a poolside beauty therapist. Al fresco drinks can be taken in the fire-lit boma area, giving travellers the chance to unwind, swap notes and enjoy the African night sky.
There are 12 luxury so-called bush pavilions. Deluxe, open plan and incorporating a mixture of African woods and fine canvas, each has an en-suite bathroom, a large four poster bed, a fan, a safe and an intercom facility. The decor is a decidedly kooky mix of stressed semi-antique / bespoke furniture set against dark, pristine wooden floors. While, like everywhere, the rooms possess their own verandas, those at Chief’s Camp act not only as a private outdoor area, but also as a genuine game viewing base – the density of game, combined with the camp’s design, is really that good.
Excellent for elephant and buffalo, as well as for its predators, this area of the delta provides one of the best chances in southern Africa to see the rare and endangered white rhino. Activities include game drives, guided walks and mokoro (local boat) trips.