Our New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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New Year’s resolutions. They’re easy to make but difficult to maintain and usually end up making us feel worse off than we were in the first place. This year, we’re making some New Year’s resolutions we can actually stick to – and enjoy!

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How We're Fighting to Preserve Wildlife

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With a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London suggesting that the world is set to lose two thirds of its wildlife by 2020, the fight to conserve and protect our wild spaces and animals has never been more pressing.

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What's Trending in Travel for 2017?

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As 2016 begins to wind down and we look further into the future to 2017, we've collated a list of the biggest travel trends for 2017.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Botswana

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As Botswana is set to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of Independence on 30th September, we look back on our favourite memories, stories and experiences from a land of wild nature, precious diamonds, and unmatched luxury.

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Unexpected Luxuries in the Heart of Nature

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“Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends” – Coco Chanel

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How to survive a walking safari

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Before the modern 4WD safari became so popular – and, in fact, before arrival of cars in general – the only way to experience the flora and fauna of the African bush was on foot. Early African explorers such as David Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley and even Ernest Hemmingway would have discovered Africa on a walking safari of sorts.

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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We are delighted to announce that twelve of our properties have been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for 2016. We would like to thank all of our guests for giving their feedback on TripAdvisor, as it wouldn’t have been possible without you.

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Africa in 360˚ Virtual Reality using Google Cardboard

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Google Cardboard now lets you explore the world in Virtual Reality using the Google Street View app. So we sent our intrepid Google Street View photographer out on the road to visit our Southern Africa properties so you can now 'virtually' experience our lodges and camps from the comfort of your armchair!

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Which African National Parks Are Best For you?

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If you were to take Africa and cover the surface of the moon with it, around 80% of the moon’s surface area would be covered. With this much land, it’s no wonder there is so much variety on offer at each of the African national parks and reserves. But such diversity can make it hard to select precisely which safari destination is right for you.

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When is the best time to visit Botswana?

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With the 50th anniversary of independence and ‘A United Kingdom’, a major new Hollywood movie about the country due for release this year, it’s time for a well-deserved place in the sun for Botswana. Sanctuary Retreats has four unique properties in this land-locked country, with three in exclusive private concessions in the Okavango Delta and one overlooking the Chobe River. No destination in the portfolio better epitomises the company philosophy of ‘Luxury, Naturally’ than Botswana.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

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We think time is one of life’s most precious resources. So there are certain things we’ll never compromise on in our quest to bring you the perfect holiday in the perfect location.

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Top Seven ‘wow moments’ with Sanctuary Retreats

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With mindfulness one of last year’s biggest buzzwords, we can’t think of any other activity that encourages you to stay so wholeheartedly in the moment better than travel. For all of us at Sanctuary Retreats, the best holidays are measured by the myriad of life-affirming memories that we bring home. Which is why our team of passionate travel experts scour the world, gathering the most unforgettable experiences that can elevate a great trip to an extraordinary one.

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Botswana Beckons

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Welcome to the land of wild nature, precious diamonds, and unmatched luxury. Botswana ranks among the most exclusive and breath-taking destination for luxury safaris and adrenaline-charged adventures in Africa, and here's why…

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Honeymoon Safaris: What to Expect

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The romance of Africa has captivated and inspired everyone from explorers to writers for centuries. There is something about this continent that draws you in and forces you to feel more alive. It is hard, then, to think of a more fitting way to celebrate life as Mr and Mrs than on an African safari honeymoon.

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Find Your Sanctuary

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Sanctuary, to us, means refuge, a place to escape the storm of everyday life. It means to switch off, relax and enjoy what this beautiful world has to offer, whether that be watching the circle of life on the plains of Africa, or uncovering the mysteries of the Orient by river boat. This is what it means to us. But what does it mean to you?

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Top 20 Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

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Here at Sanctuary Retreats we are no strangers to getting up-close-and-personal with the local wildlife around our camps and lodges. Our staff have had numerous encounters with vervet monkeys helping themselves to food from the buffet table, as well as the occasional baboon discovering where the sugar is kept and trying to make a run for it when he thinks nobody is watching.

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Christmas with Sanctuary Retreats: Guest Reviews

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Choosing where to spend your Christmas break can be a daunting experience; ‘will the kids enjoy it?’, ‘will the food be up to scratch?’, and ‘will I feel homesick?’ are common thoughts which might race through your head. To help you decide whether to book with us, we have put together a selection of reviews from guests who have stayed with us over the Christmas period.

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5 Reasons to Spend Christmas with Sanctuary Retreats

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Christmas. For some it will evoke visions of home comforts, bubbly beverages and pine needles covering the living room floor. For others, Christmas is a time to travel. Whether that means travelling to warmer or colder climes, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to take a much needed vacation.

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Top Five ‘Under the Stars’ Experiences

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When you think of a luxury safari holiday, the term ‘under the stars’ is never the first thing that springs to mind. However, what could be more luxurious than sitting under a glorious canopy of stars with a G&T in hand? At Sanctuary Retreats we know that your holiday doesn’t stop when the sundowners run out which is why we’ve put together a selection of the best activities to do ‘under the stars’:

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Sanctuary Retreats Helps Boost Rhino Population

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As part of Africa-wide efforts to protect the continent’s dwindling rhino population, Sanctuary Retreats is participating in a significant relocation project to transport black and white rhino to the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana.

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Top 5 Elephant Encounters with Sanctuary Retreats

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"Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing." - John Donne

Once you have stood in the presence of a wild elephant, nothing is ever quite the same again. There is something about these gentle giants that brings out the child in all of us. Maybe it's their enormous size or their wise demeanour but whatever it is, no African safari is complete without encountering these magnificent beasts.

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Into Africa

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African safaris are usually top of most people’s bucket list when it comes to wildlife viewing and it’s no wonder why when you consider the richness of this type of travel experience. However, people often struggle when deciding the timing and destination of their safari, as there are many exciting wildlife experiences to be had at different times of the year. This article takes a look at one of the best game viewing seasons – June to October – and highlights what is on offer at the key locations during this period.

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Boating activities resume at Sanctuary Baines' Camp

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We are pleased to say we have resumed boating activities at Sanctuary Baines' Camp again – the water has risen enough to offer this activity from the camp. Generally mokoros (locally made dugout canoes) are available from March to October and motorised boating from March to September.

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Ten Unique Experiences with Sanctuary Retreats

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At Sanctuary Retreats we are committed to being innovators, pushing the boundaries and being the creators of the most inspirational travel experiences to the most remote, exclusive and exotic destinations on Earth. This brings the culture and traditions of local people and the natural beauty of our amazing locations alive for our guests.

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Easter Retreats

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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.

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ROMANTIC RETREATS

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We pick our top five romantic experiences at Sanctuary Retreats...

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Green Season

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Yolandi Scanes of Sanctuary Retreats travelled to Botswana and Zambia in the Green Season and this is her account of the journey...

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World Heritage sites with Sanctuary Retreats

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The UNESCO World Heritage List highlights the planet’s most fascinating places and we're lucky enough to have some of them on our doorstep...

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Top luxury experiences in Africa

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Botswana Giraffe Rescue | Anti-Poaching | Sanctuary Retreats

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Last week our teams at Stanley's and Baines' helped rescue a giraffe in Botswana, alongside the Anti-Poaching Unit.

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