With the festive season well behind us for another year and the days beginning to get a little longer in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to put a spring in your step as you plan for an Easter escape.
Forget chocolate eggs and fluffy chicks; instead use the extra time off to do something really out of the ordinary. You can also save up to 30% on your stay with our Exclusive Offers. If you're looking to make the most of the school holidays and have some family fun over Easter, Sanctuary Retreats is great for a family adventure - with visits tailored to ensure the whole family has a great time away together!
Visit our camps in the Okavango in April to experience the delta from a different perspective as it comes into flood. Over 80% of this landlocked country is made up of the Kalahari Desert, the vast sponge into which the swollen Okavango River disappears each year, creating the largest inland delta in the world which is home to an estimated 9,000 species of flora and fauna - as such the delta is widely regarded as one of the premium destinations for game viewing. Our camps in the delta are Sanctuary Stanley's Camp, Sanctuary Baines' Camp and Sanctuary Chief's Camp.
Mokoro in Okavango Delta
Visit Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma in Zambia between April and May and experience the Victoria Falls flowing at its strongest and fullest. The river's annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres, sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 kilometres away - hence the local name for the falls and the surrounding national park - Mosi-Oa-Tunya, "the Smoke that Thunders".
Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders"
Visit Sanctuary Olonana in Kenya between September and April to experience the migratory birds. The Masai Mara National Reserve lies in south western Kenya and is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Game viewing is excellent all year round in the Mara. It is famed for its Big Cats, as well as the remainder of the Big Five. April is the low, wet season in Kenya so it is the most economical time to visit.
Our two seasonal camps in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park are open throughout the green season. Sanctuary Serengeti Migration Camp will move between three different locations, literally following the migration as it travels across the Serengeti, offering guests year round access to this incredible spectacle. Depending on exact migration movement, the camp will normally be in the western Serengeti from April to July. Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp is located on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation area with spectacular views of the crater and surrounds.
Serengeti Migration Camp
The wet season runs from March to May and therefore for Easter we offer our lowest rates at the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp with additional discount of US$150 per person on the gorilla trekking permits. The Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is rated as one of the best in Bwindi National Park by TripAdvisor and this is what our clients say about the lodge: "Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is simply perfect! It is the best possible place to base yourself for the amazing gorilla trekking experience."
L'Hoest monkey in Uganda
The Burmese New Year Water Festival falls in April and is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days culminating in the New Year. The festival is the most important public holiday throughout Myanmar and are part of the summer holidays at the end of the school year. Water-throwing from any type of vessel that delivers water is the key feature of this festival and may be done on the first four days of the festival. In 2015 the festival runs from 11th to 21st April.
U Bein Bridge, Myanmar
Easter is spring in China with mild conditions that are excellent for cruising the Yangzi. The mighty Yangzi River is known as the symbolic lifeline of China. At 3,900 miles, the world's third longest river, the Yangtze River flows from the Roof of the World to the East, cutting through China, dividing the country into north and south. The river with its numerous tributaries and feeders provides a great transportation network through the heart of some of the most densely populated areas in China.
If you are looking for winter sun this Easter then Egypt is one destination where you can guarantee warm weather. A phenomenon of Egypt's climate is the hot spring wind that blows across the country. The winds, known as the khamsin, usually arrive in April but occasionally occur in March and May. With Sanctuary Retreats you can cruise the epic Nile River this Easter on board authentic boutique ships, guided by world renowned Egyptologists.
Sun Deck - Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau