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Swim, Lion, Swim. Sir David Attenborough’s sensational new documentary, Planet Earth II, feature’s Botswana in latest episode.

December 8, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

As safari experts and nature enthusiasts, luxury boutique travel company Sanctuary Retreats loves a good nature documentary – especially when their properties and surrounding locations are featured in them.


On 4 December, Botswana was brought to life in living rooms right across the UK as episode 5 of Sir David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II aired, with the program set to screen in various countries Including Australia in early 2017. Focusing on the area’s grasslands, the episode features the remote Chief’s Island – where prides of lions have learned to swim in their bid for survival. 

Says Michael McCall, Sanctuary Retreats’ Director of Sales Australia, NZ & Asia, “It’s no surprise that Botswana was chosen for the latest edition of the show. It offers up some of the finest game viewing in the world thanks to the incredible concentration and diversity of mammals and wildlife in the area.”

Indeed the original Planet Earth series from 2006 included sensational large herds of elephants that the area is renowned for. This series will see the show focus on another side of the Okavango Delta entirely – and one that Michael is sure will stir a frenzy of increased interest in the region. Focusing on Chief’s Island located in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve and home to Sanctuary Retreats’ flagship property, the uber luxurious Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, he believes the show’s content is entirely apt given the area’s reputation as the ‘predator capital of Africa’. “Wildlife and wilderness are found here in abundance, with surrounding grasslands and waterways creating the perfect haven for wild dog, leopard, elephant, rhino, and, of course, the swimming lions.”

Thanks to Botswana’s focus on protecting its wilderness and wide variety of flora and fauna, the country has become increasingly popular as an exclusive and authentic safari destination. As well as more traditional jeep and walking safaris, its geography also allows for exploring the Delta from aMokoro, Botswana’s traditional dug out canoe, providing an opportunity for extraordinary wildlife encounters.

If you feel like tapping into your inner Sir David Attenborough, now is a great time to book a stay at   Sanctuary Chief’s Camp with Sanctuary Retreats’Stay Longer, Pay Less extended stay offer.

·       Stay 1 – 2 nights at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and pay from US$1,180 per night twin share

·       Stay 3 – 4 nights at any combination of Sanctuary Retreats’ African camps and lodges including Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and save 30%.

·       Stay 5 – 7 nights and save up to 35%.

·       Stay 8+ nights and save up to 40%.

Prices include meals and drinks, scheduled game activities, transfers to and from Chief’s airstrip and Park Fees.

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