In a media statement, &Beyond said the lodge would become the anchor lodge for the safari company’s lodge circuit in the Delta. The rebuild has been planned in four stages to minimise the impact on guests.
Sandibe’s shared guest areas will be moved forward and up to maximise the views of the Santantadibe channel in the lodge’s private 27 000-hectare wildlife concession. The rebuild will increase the number of guest suites from eight to 15.
The 15 ‘nest-like’ suites will be raised above the papyrus, camouflaged under the canopy of wild palms and fig trees. Each suite will have a private plunge pool, as well as a fireplace. There will be indoor and outdoor lounging spaces, with space for private deck dining. Other features will include an interactive kitchen and interpretive library.
“In keeping with &Beyond’s ethos of sustainable luxury, the new construction will remove all traces of concrete, as well as utilise the latest technology to decrease the camp’s footprint, with a total energy reduction of over 70%,” said &Beyond.
|Fast facts about Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge:|
|Relaunch of rebuild||July 2014|
|Number of stages in rebuild||4 (to minimise impact on guests)|
|Number of guests accommodated after rebuild||15|
|What are they doing in the rebuild||Suites raised above the papyrus.Each suite will have its own plunge pool and fire place.
Remove all traces of concrete.
Utilise latest technology to decrease camps footprint.
|Area of the lodges private wildlife concession||27 000 hectares|
“The exciting new design will complement &Beyond Sandibe’s compelling location and rich game-viewing experience. This renowned lodge will become our flagship property in the Delta allowing guests to explore our extraordinary Botswana circuit,” says Jason King, &Beyond Regional Director for Botswana and Namibia.
Eight of Sandibe’s new suites will open on July 1, 2014, with the remainder welcoming their first guests on September 1.
About Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge:
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is set in a private concession on the southeastern border of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, in one of the most unique regions in the world, the Okavango Delta. Renowned for its lush waterways and abundant wildlife, the Okavango is home to a number of aquatic and land species. Predators from the adjacent Moremi, renowned for its wildlife sightings, often cross into the Sandibe concession.
Located in northern Botswana, the Okavango River is a unique natural phenomenon – flowing more than 1 000 km (620 miles) from its source in Angola, this river disappears beneath the sands of Botswana, creating a lush inland delta in the midst of this otherwise arid country.
Covering approximately one third of the Delta, permanent swamp areas are lush and green, with groves of wild date palm, papyrus and water lilies growing around deep lagoons lined with riverine forest. Seasonal swamps, on the other hand, contain a network of small channels cutting their way through papyrus and reed beds to create islands of all shapes and sizes.
Date: 28 June 2013