Located in a remote part of the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, Sitatunga Private Island is the centrepiece of the Great Plains’ water-based Réserve-Collection Safari Camps.
Designed and decorated by conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the water-based camp draws inspiration from the region’s indigenous Bayei fishermen, who have fished in the waters of the Delta for over 200 years. Rooms are canvas and thatch tents built of recycled materials and ‘hang’ inside giant bamboo fisherman baskets, and interiors of misty greens and light-bleached woods mirror the landscape. In terms of location, it is one of the lucky few spots to see the sitatunga (the rare aquatic antelope) from either camp or by boat.
Built on a raised, wrap-around railway sleeper deck, there are two double suites (can be arranged as twins) and one separate two-bedroom private suite. All suites come with an indoor lounge, bathroom with tub and shower, a private deck with seating and a plunge pool. There is also a professional camera set in each room, to be used on drives or boating trips, and Wi-Fi is available. Sitatunga Private Island can accommodate a maximum of eight guests and welcomes kids aged six years and above.
Food & service
We expect Sitatunga to match the exceptionally high standards of its sister camps, with meals prepared by a talented kitchen of chefs and paired alongside some of the finest wines from the camp’s excellent wine cellar. Extremely flexible and accommodating of dietary needs, guests get to choose when and where to enjoy meals.
From elephant to hippo and an extraordinary birdlife, Sitatunga provides access to a remote and very wild Botswana. Activities include exploring the channels by mokoro or boat, guided walks, birding, game drives or experience the Delta by air with a special private helicopter expedition. For the active guest, yoga mats, exercise bikes and light weights can be set up in rooms upon request.
Project Ranger supports the anti-poaching operations of NGOs across Africa by funding those on the front lines of
conservation with the resources needed to do their work, and providing grants to help fill critical gaps and support wildlife monitors, rangers, and anti-poaching operations.
The camp hires from local villages and takes care to stock locally made items, such as jewellery and baskets.
Guests are invited to donate school items in the countries where Great Plains operates. Needed items can be brought with guests, or the team can help purchase them locally.