2017 is shaping to be a big year for luxury safari specialist Sanctuary Retreats, with the recent announcement of an entire remodelling of two of its African properties – Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma in Zambia and Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
The transformations are the first step in a multi-million-dollar investment program across the Sanctuary portfolio, which is inspired by the successful re-launch of Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in 2016, now positioned as the most exclusive luxury camp in Botswana, and will to roll out across other Sanctuary Retreats properties over the next 18 months.
Commenting on these exciting plans, Pieter van der Schee, Global Director Sales and Marketing for Sanctuary Retreats said, “The extensive work to these two camps starts an important investment in our portfolio, building on our heritage of luxury adventure travel and excellent customer service, to ensure we offer the best boutique experience in Africa to our guests.”
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma: An Inspired Redesign
This boutique riverside retreat, set on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River just twelve kilometres from Victoria Falls, will relaunch in April 2018.
In keeping with Sanctuary Retreats’ Luxury, naturally ethos – the redesign will maximise the magical setting of the lodge, strengthening the feeling of the connection with nature, whether guests are inside or outdoors. The most extensive changes will take place in the public areas, with a new Explorer Lounge and a new riverside outdoor bar and boma. The lodge’s twelve Sussi treehouses, linked by elevated wooden walkways, are all being remodelled, with more emphasis on privacy and a sophisticated take on modern safari life with an authentic African spirit.
The outdoor bar will overlook the Zambezi, offering an incredible view over this magnificent river, a particularly prime spot at sunset. The extended outdoor decking area will include a remodelled boma fire pit, as well as a new dining area. Inside, the new Livingstone Bar will offer an intimate space serving up cocktails and nightcaps, with interiors reflecting the surroundings – the ochre and burnt oranges of the sunset, and dark greys of the spray of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or ‘smoke that thunders’.
The twelve newly remodelled, luxurious Sussi treehouses will be enriched with Zambian character, with their riverfront terraces now offering more privacy and shade. Authentic interiors will include local artworks, hand crafted rugs, and easy chairs dressed in a map print evoking the intrepid trails of Sussi and Chuma (the two faithful attendants of Dr Livingstone after whom the lodge is named). Indulgent touches include freestanding baths, a fully stocked minibar and gym boxes for in-room workouts.
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp: Classical Elegance Reimagined
Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp is set in a private concession in Botswana’s Okavango Delta shared only with Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, offering an extraordinarily private safari experience.
Due to relaunch in April 2018, the recreated Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp will feature ten brand new luxury canvas tents – each of which will significantly larger than the existing accommodation they are replacing. Each tent will feature its own deck, with views over the dramatic floodplains, allowing for prime game viewing, as well as some five star fixtures and fittings including compact gym boxes with yoga equipment, a minibar and a coffee station. The camp has been designed with sustainability in mind, with its tents leaving a lighter footprint on the local environment, and its own solar farm on site. Interiors and fittings will include authentic touches such as woven basket lights reflecting local Botswanan craftsmanship.
Alongside the new tents, there will also be a new outdoor bar area and a new central tent with an Explorer Lounge. The central tent promises to be the ideal spot to relax in on summer evenings, and the new Explorer Lounge is modelled on the orientation room at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, where guests can discover more about the Delta ahead of their explorations. The new outdoor bar offers unrivalled views over the floodplains giving guests an incredible wilderness experience in wide screen format.
Prices at Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma start from US$650 per person per night and prices at Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp start from US$550 per person per night, based on two people sharing, including all meals and drinks (excluding premium brands), scheduled game activities, and transfers to and from Livingstone Airport and Stanley’s airstrip respectively.