Sanctuary Retreats,the exclusive portfolio of luxury safari lodges, camps and cruises located in some of the most breath-taking destinations around the world now offer guests the opportunity to experience five of the most exhilarating activities by starlight in South Africa and Africasince the new addition Safari camp – Sanctuary Makanyane they have recently acquired for their portfolio. With clear night skies, free from light pollution and obstructions, these destinations are some of the best in the world to view the night sky. Sanctuary Retreats host experiences such as night safaris, bespoke beds under the stars, outdoor baths and cosmic viewing across a number of properties.
The Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is an intimate retreat with just five well-appointed suites in one of the most pristine wildlife destinations in Botswana. Each suite offers its own opulent Star Bath for guests to relax under a million stars. The bath is hidden away on a private viewing deck where guests can enjoy this bespoke experience surrounded by twinkling lanterns. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession that borders the Moremi Game Reserve.
The newest retreat in the portfolio, the picturesque Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge in South Africa, offers The Star Bed experience, where guests can fall asleep surrounded only by camp light while listening to the sounds of wildlife. The double storey building is tucked away in a secluded part of the lodge’s 1,800 hectares of private grounds overlooking a waterhole with spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve. The Reserve is abundant with wildlife such lions, elephants, cheetah, buffalo, rhino and leopards and the rare African wild dog.
In Tanzania, Sanctuary Kusini makes the most of Africa’s magnificent dazzling night skies with The Cosmic Safari, where guests will be surprised and awestruck by the stars capes they encounter thanks to no light pollution. After darkguests at Sanctuary Kusini are accompanied by the camp manager on a stellar safari on top of the kopje (a small hill with 360º views), revealing the beauty and mystery of the galaxy and its kaleidoscope of constellations. Sanctuary Kusini is set in the remote southern part of the Serengeti, and is the only permanent camp in this unspoilt territory.
Back to Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge, where guests can live a true South African experience in the form of a night time Bush Braai(barbeque) under the twinkling sky. Using the finest and freshest local and imported ingredients, meat and vegetables are prepared on the barbeque with dishes served in a rustic cum fine-dining style. Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge has an excellent wine cellar with a choice of wines available to complement the braii. Guests can view the open plains at night with the constellations above and remain warm beside specially constructed fire pits for an authentic out-doors experience.
And finally, as the sun sets on the Savannah, The Night Safari at Sanctuary Swala in Tanzania is a remarkable journey through the wilderness to spot rare nocturnal creatures such as the bushbaby, the African wild cat, and the bat eared fox. Sanctuary Swala’s night safaris have specialised lighting that makes it possible to witness lions hunting under the cover of darkness. Sanctuary Swala is tucked away in an exclusive corner of the Tarangire National Park, one of the most exciting and least visited parks in the region, which boasts a fabulous landscape of ancient baobab trees, elephants, zebra and rich birdlife.