Sanctuary Baines Camp, named after the famous nineteenth-century explorer and artist, Thomas Baines, is built on raised platforms above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve. This tranquil, romantic camp is shaded by trees and has wonderful views over the watery channels of the Okavango Delta.
The five luxurious suites are each built on a raised platform in the tree line, with a private terrace. All have a four-poster bed that can be wheeled onto the terrace, giving you the special treat of star-gazing under the sparkling night skies of the southern hemisphere.
At the centre of the camp there is an expansive deck, ideal for outdoor dining, as well as a swimming pool with two thatched salas, one on either side. Baines’ Camp prides itself on its personal services, so please do alert us on booking of any special requirements.
The area surrounding Baines’ Camp is superb for viewing all the major animal species and birdlife. Day and night game drives in open-sided 4WD vehicles are on offer as well as mokoro trips and motorised boat safaris, subject to water levels. Walking safaris, on foot with skilled, professional rangers are a favourite, and a unique, educational elephant interaction is also available (at additional cost) if you are staying at Baines’ Camp or at Stanley’s Camp.
A semi-habituated trio of African elephants live in the locality, providing a fantastic opportunity to spend a day learning about the elephants’ habits and social structures. Elephants often live for 50 years, so when Doug and Sandi Groves adopted Jabu, Thembi and later Morula, rescuing them from culling operations that had left them as orphans, they knew they were making a life-long commitment.
Children are welcome at the camp but must be 12 years and older as the camp is unfenced. If you have younger family members, ring our consultants for advice on family-friendly safari options.
The construction of Baines’ Camp is an excellent example of responsible tourism operating at a local level. The camp paid schools in the Maun area to collect tin cans, approximately 150,000 in total. The recycled tin cans were then used in the construction of the camps’ walls, held together with wire mesh and Hessian, and plastered with an elephant dung mixture.