Wildlife - Sanctuary Baines' Camp

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The fantastic array of wildlife here can be explored in 4x4 vehicles, by boat, canoe, or on foot. The delta has about 122 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds and 1300 species of flowering plants.

Whenever you are visiting, there is always something to be seen from the wooden deck surrounding the main dining room. So don't be too surprised to see prowling lions hunting for prey at the edge of the lagoon. There's also a good chance of seeing leopard, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, impala, zebra, wild dog, hyena and hippo.

Baines Lion


Sightings were good this month in the Delta with many elephants and hyenas seen. Buffaloes were seen on most days and there were a few sightings of leopards and lions too.

The rains in Botswana come mostly between December and March, when average minimum temperatures are in the low 20°s. Some days will be bright and sunny, some will have afternoon thunderstorms, and some will just be grey.

Baines Elephant


Elephants were seen every day this month - what a treat for the guests staying at the camp. Additionally, buffaloes were spotted quite often.

Quite exceptional were the leopard sightings - with sightings of the big cat occurring almost every day during September! Other predators seen a few times during the month were lion and wild dogs. From September onwards, temepratures become increasingly warm as October comes nearer, with temperatures of more than 104F (40C) in the shade  - signalling the start of the "green season" in Botswana.

Botswana Delta Hyena

SIGHTINGS - August 2014

Every day of the month provided excellent sightings of elephants and buffaloes!

Predators were quite prominent too and those seen the most were lions, hyenas, wild dogs and leopards.

The best time for a visit to the Delta is when the floods arrive. Fuelled by the rains that fall in the Angolan mountains, they arrive when they are needed most - in the middle of Botswana's dry season, in the winter months of July and August.

Lion Delta


Buffaloes and elephants were seen every day during the month of July.

The normally scarce wild dogs were seen very often in July. The African wild dog is also known as the hunting dog. Wild dogs live for 10 to 12 years.

Predator sightings were excellent and included those of leopards, hyenas and lions.

Wild Dog


Elephant, lion and hyena sightings were plentiful this month at Sanctuary Baines' Camp, much to the delight of the camp's guests.

Buffalo, wild dog and leopard sightings were also quite good this month. Interesting sightings were: Some wild dogs were spotted eating impala close to the camp's airstrip; and a leopard was seen with a kill of impala which had been dragged up a tree - with some hyenas eyeing the kill from the ground!

Baines Leopard


Elephants were seen every day at Baines' Camp during May. Hyena sightings were also plentiful this month. 

Guests were also lucky to see buffaloes, wild dogs and lions for a large part of the month.

Guests were treated to leopard sightings a few times during May. Leopards are closely related to jaguars, lions and tigers. They haul their prey up into trees to keep their kills safe from scavengers such as hyenas. They are also very strong swimmers.

Baines April Flamingo

sightings - APRIL 2014

Elephants and hyenas were a very common sighting during April!

Wild dogs, buffaloes and leopards were seen a couple of times during the month. Lions were very shy during April at Sanctuary Baines' Camp, and were spotted very rarely.

Baines' Camp has found the new Soccer Team's Goal Keeper - a very cute wild dog was spotted standing between the goal posts of the soccer grounds at the camp with a few fellow wild dogs. The camp was graced by the presence of a lone flamingo during the month of April at the airstrip! A few hyenas decided to cause a road block by lying right in front of the game drive vehicle.

Stanleys - Dec 2013

Sightings - MARCH 2014

Game sightings were not great in March due to the high levels of water in the concession where the camp is located and the also because of the amount of rain experienced in March 2014.

However, March was a brilliant month to spot elephants and hyenas while enjoying a Sanctuary Baines' Camp game drive! Leopards made an appearance a few times - while buffaloes, lions and wild dogs were a rare sight in March.

Baines - feb 2014

Sightings - February 2014

The area surrounding Sanctuary Baines' Camp is almost always home to some of the elephants in the area with many stopping by for a visit as they forage through the vegetation for some scrumptious food. A favourite spot is at the entrance of the camp and in the water of the Boro River in front of the camp. Guests have been spotting them playing in the water as they try to cool down. There are also a few breeding herds on the concession with plenty of young elephants running around. Other sightings this month include lions, buffalo, hyena, zebra, impala and a few elusive leopards.


Baines - Jan 2014

sightings - January 2014

It is evident from the surrounding areas that we've entered green season. The bush is painted in a beautiful array of greens and colour as summer flowers bloom. The days are warm and sunny with short afternoon thundershowers followed by clear skies, ending the day in some of the most spectacular sunsets ever seen.

Plains game are plentiful and guests spotted zebras, impala, elephants; as well as lions, leopard and hyenas. Our guides also spotted two male giraffes fighting - this behaviour is shown as they try to prove their strength to the other males in the area.

Baines - Dec 2013

Sightings - December 2013

New-born mammals are almost everywhere, with plenty of young antelope running around. There are still great sightings of the rare migratory birds. The predator viewing remains great and you never know what you will see on your next game drive.

Evening drives are particulary exhilirating as most of the nocturnal animals are out and about looking for their next meal and ensuring great sightings the predators ready for action.

Baines - Nov 2013

Sightings - November 2013

The first rains have arrived and many of the antelope have started birthing. This means the predators are out and about as their next meal is easier to find. Our guides and guests spotted two lionesses killing a warthog as well as eight adult wild dogs trying to kill a wildebeest calf - luckily the calf's mother was close by to defend him and eventually the wild dogs gave up their meal. We also spotted a pride of five female lions killing two buffaloes, one right after the other -  first they got hold of a female buffalo followed by her young calf.                               

Baines - Oct 2013

sightings - october 2013

This time of the year sees many migrant bird species return to the area in search of a warmer climate. From now until March, guests can spot many of the 550 species of birds in the area including African skimmers, wattled crane, egrets, African jacanas, bee-eaters, lilac-breasted rollers, pygmy geese and the shy Pel's fishing owl.

October saw an increase in lion and buffalo sightings. Highlights this month include: guests seeing two male lions fighting - these encounters are usually very vocal and sometimes end with one of the lions getting injured. We also spotted female lions chasing a warthog. Luckily the warthog made it back to his burrow and safety - at least for now.

Baines - Sept 2013

sightings - september 2013

This month, our expert guides were able to spot an array of plains game including impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Herds of elephants are never too far from camp and the nearby hyena dens have a few young and curious pups. These spotted hyenas are also known as laughing hyenas and can be heard most evenings. They are very successful hunters but also opportunistic animals and may scavenge from time to time.