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Brian has always nurtured his passion for travel in his spare time. He's traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries. Over time, this passion grew to the point where he began to search for opportunities to work in the travel industry. He's been an African Specialist at Mango Safaris since early 2006.





The Retreat


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The Retreat - Chobe Chilwero. Copyright Sanctuary Retreats-Chobe Chilwero.

The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north.



See thumbnails of all photos for this point of interest.

Overview



Thrilling game drives lead by qualified professional guides bring guests close to hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Game drives are also the perfect opportunity for the expert guides to share their wealth of information on the area and its inhabitants. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing animals up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of elephants and dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

Inspired by the abundance of nature that surrounds the lodge, the spa has drawn from that beauty to develop a range of treatments and rituals of the highest quality to relax, restore and revitalise guests. Authentic African design has been integrated with the natural elements surrounding this luxury lodge, and the spa only uses products, treatment methods and practices that are environmentally friendly.

Luxurious facilities include an indoor spa bath, Vichy showers, hydrotherapy, plunge pool, relaxation area and private treatment rooms, one of which is elevated in the treetops. Treatments are provided by trained spa professionals, and include products from both the Africology and Thalgo lines.

Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is accessible by road and air. Kasane has its own international airport, which is approximately 10 minutes away by road. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero's preferred air charter company, Mack Air, offers an excellent service linking most camps in the region including Sanctuary Baines', Sanctuary Chief's and Sanctuary Stanley's (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes). Please note the luggage restriction is 20kg per person in a soft-sided bag. Road transfers are available to / from Livingstone and Maun, which take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.