Sanctuary Retreats’ Baines’ Camp is named after Thomas Baines, nineteenth-century artist and explorer, and it offers a superb base from which to enjoy a wide range of activities. Sanctuary’s motto is ‘Luxury, naturally’, and Baines’ is among the finest examples of this approach within the company’s impressive portfolio. The camp has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, all drinks except premium brands, two daily shared game-viewing activities, park fees, transfers between camp and Baines’s Airstrip, and a laundry service. The camp is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed from the local airstrip via approximately an hour’s road transfer, or via boat transfer when water levels are high. It’s set on the banks of the Boro river, overlooking a lagoon and within a private concession in the Delta’s southern region. This location is close to the Moremi Game Reserve.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT BAINES' CAMP:
There are five guest suites, spaced along the edge of the lagoon. All feature walls made out of elephant-dung plaster and recycled aluminium cans, as well as a more traditional thatched roof. A single door leads into the bedroom, where you’ll find a four-poster double bed, a seating area, a painting by Baines displayed on an easel, and even some art materials for your own use. Additional amenities include a ceiling fan, mosquito nets, a mini-bar, and a hairdryer. Behind the bed, there’s a wardrobe, a sideboard with charging points, and a luggage rack. The en-suite washroom is approached via a short corridor, and it contains separate flush toilet, twin washbasins with mirrors over, and shower. Wide doors from the bedroom lead out onto a private deck with a table and a couple of chairs. This deck is sufficiently large for your four-poster bed to be wheeled out onto it at night-time, providing the opportunity to sleep under the stars! You can also take a bath on the deck, all the while marvelling at views across the lagoon, which is popular with elephant and hippo.
The communal buildings at Baines’ Camp are accessed from the guest suites along elevated wooden walkways. Surrounded by papyrus beds, these attractive main structures have been constructed using timber and thatch. The lounge has sumptuous seating around coffee tables, in addition to a small library. In the dining area, chic tables-and-chairs are set out in readiness for the camp’s delicious meals. Guests can dine on the deck too. Both lounge and dining areas are partly open sided, boasting beautiful views across the Boro river, but the deck is the place to enjoy the widest vistas. Baines’ fire-pit is positioned right at the front of the deck and it features a number of seats fashioned from local timber. It’s another great venue for dining, as well as gathering with fellow travellers and swapping safari stories. And the camp also has an infinity pool, approached from the main buildings along one more raised wooden walkway. On the pool platform, you’ll find a row of sunloungers as well as two little salas shading additional seating. There are breathtaking views!
ACTIVITIES AT BAINES' CAMP:
An exhilarating range of activities is available from Baines’. Some are dependent on the water levels around camp; these are indicated with an asterisk in the list below. Please note, the minimum age requirement for walks is 16 years, for mokoro rides 12 years, and for elephant experiences 9 years.
Expertly guided game drives- the private concession in which the camp is set is shared with just one other property (Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp). The area is made up of plains, woodlands, and water sources, and it’s home to a real wealth of wildlife! Drives are possible during morning, afternoon, and night. You can look out for four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to numerous smaller predators and herbivores. And there are lots of vibrant birds!
Walking safaris*- this activity is also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable and experienced guide. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to scrutinise the smaller lives of the concession, such as the plants and insects. You can track some big game too!
Mokoro excursions*- viewing the wildlife of the waters from aboard a mokoro, a dug-out canoe, is highly recommended. As the mokoro doesn’t have a motor, you’ll have close encounters with mammals, reptiles, and birds. From fish eagles to crocodiles, the concession has a lot to admire.
Elephant experiences- at the moment, two elephants (Jabu and Morula) are living in a supportive habitat in the Delta’s central region. Guests of Baines’ Camp are invited to visit them, for fascinating educational bush walks. As well as walking with the grey guys, you’ll be able to watch them foraging and having a lovely mud bath! The camp recommends pre-booking this activity, to avoid disappointment. And please note, Jabu and Morula take annual leave from 15th January to 15th February.
Scenic helicopter flights- these flights are designed to showcase the permanent delta, the regions that are inaccessible via any other means of transport. Various flight times are offered and you can even ride with the doors removed, for fantastic photo opportunities!
Children's activities- Baines’ offers a thrilling bush skills adventure programme for families. Please contact a member of our team for more details.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.