Sandibe Okavango is a luxury lodge with its own concession in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The latest addition to the &Beyond portfolio, it enjoys exclusive rights to run safaris in a considerable swathe of land abutting the Moremi Game Reserve.
As anyone who has visited an &Beyond lodge previously will know, the company stresses under-stated quality and landscape-sympathetic luxury at all times. Sandibe Okavango is no exception, offering main lodge areas that are striking in their tasteful use of light local wood, traditional thatch-ing and touches of classical European style, all combined to genuinely distinctive and minimal-yet-welcoming effect. The layout flows seamlessly both indoors and out, encouraging sociability while allowing for complete privacy, the whole seeming to blend into the landscape. There are numerous levels of decking, all with spectacular views of the delta, and various drinking and dining options as well as a massage sala. The cuisine is first-rate and the service attentive.
Sandibe Okavango offers twelve suites and accommodation for 24 in total. As in the main areas, the decor is dominated by expanses of tasteful local wickerwork that give each suite a pleasantly flow-ing, light feel. There are wood-burning fireplaces, large decks, private plunge-pools, en-suite facili-ties with twin copper sinks and outdoor showers, and enormous king-size beds that look out on un-forgettable views of water, sky and visiting wildlife. Private dining is available in the suites and each is nestled into the surrounding trees at the water’s edge, giving a genuinely secluded feel.
Morning, late-afternoon and night-time expeditions, either driving or walking, are offered at Sandibe Okavango, all led by expert guides who will do everything they can to create bespoke ex-periences according to the requests of each guest or group.