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Stanley's Camp
Stanley's Camp
Stanley's Camp
Stanley's Camp
Stanley's Camp
Stanley's Camp
Stanley's Camp

About Stanley's Camp

Stanley's Camp is situated in a private concession of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, south of both Moremi Game ...

... Reserve and the Chitabe Concession. Although this concession is one of the furthest from the Okavango's Panhandle, the source of the Delta's waters, there is no lack of beautiful riverine forests and floodplains here. The camp is known for its superb elephant activity.

Stanley's Camp is a lovely, unpretentious tented camp with excellent management and well-trained, friendly staff. While game viewing can be excellent at times, at others it can be a bit hit or miss - particularly in the Green Season when the grass is tall. The elephant activity, however, is exceptional and one of the most moving African experiences on the continent. For guests passionate about elephants, we highly recommend this camp.

Accommodation
10 tented rooms
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Activities

4WD Safari

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Boat trip

Elephant encounter

Elephant encounter

Fishing

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Helicopter

Mokoro

Mokoro

Night drive

Night drive

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Traveller reviews of Stanley's Camp

15 real, un-edited reviews from Expert Africa's travellers.


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15 reviews since August 2007
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Mrs & Mr BfromCanada

Arrived 1 Jul 2019, 4 nights

"Stanley's Camp review"

"Enjoyed the game drives but the highlight was seeing the eles, Jabu and Marula …" Read Mrs & Mr B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs BfromWoking

Arrived 25 Jul 2015, 2 nights

"Boyds at Stanleys"

"The camp itself was absolutely fine, although not as impressive as Shinde, …" Read Mr & Mrs B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Dr BfromCanada

Arrived 6 Mar 2015, 2 nights

"Elephants at Stanley's camp"

"Lovely setting, the rooms are not as private as some of the other camps as …" Read Dr B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs WfromCanada

Arrived 16 Jun 2014, 3 nights

"Stanley's Camp"

"This was the last camp of our visit to Africa and somehow we managed to save …" Read Mr & Mrs W’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs AfromEdinburgh

Arrived 9 Jun 2014, 2 nights

"great elephant experience at Stanley's"

"The great highlight at Stanley's is, of course, the elephant experience …" Read Mr & Mrs A’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Mr S & Ms MfromBanstead

Arrived 13 Sep 2012, 2 nights

"A reasonable start to our trip."

"The elephant experience was very good, though it became a bit gimmicky towards …" Read Mr S & Ms M’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Mr & Mrs TfromHants

Arrived 24 Sep 2012, 2 nights

"Stanley's Camp review"

"A very friendly and welcoming camp which was ideal for our first 2 nights. …" Read Mr & Mrs T’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Family MfromPhoenix

Arrived 14 Jun 2012, 2 nights

"Stanley's Camp review"

"The Stanley's Choir greeted us in song upon arrival. The first afternoon …" Read Family M’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr C & Ms HfromEaling

Arrived 30 Sep 2011, 2 nights

"Stanley's Camp review"

"Great camp - nice layout and rooms, and amazing food. Woken up by a large bull …" Read Mr C & Ms H’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Ms MfromOttershaw

Arrived 26 Oct 2010, 3 nights

"Stanley's Camp review"

"At home again in this luxury camp. From the moment I arrived my every need …" Read Ms M’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Stanley's Camp

Click an animal to see our traveller's success in sighting them.
How we work this out.


Buffalo

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Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

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Leopard

100% success

Lion

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Wild dog

100% success

Wildebeest

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Aardvark

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Black Rhino

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Cheetah

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Pangolin

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Roan antelope

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Sitatunga

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Spotted Hyena

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White Rhino

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Stanley's Camp's location

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When to go to Okavango Delta Safari Reserves

Our month by month guide: What it's like to visit Stanley's Camp in Okavango Delta Safari Reserves


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Botswana in January

January is at the peak of Botswana’s rainy season. These rains are often in the evening and are short but heavy, with occasional thunderstorms. Temperatures will still be high but cooler than October–December. Animals are generally dispersed, and not easy to spot, with the best game viewing found in the north of Chief’s Island and on the eastern and southern sides of the Okavango Delta. January is also one of the best months to see the zebra and wildebeest migration in the Makgadikgadi salt pans and at Nxai Pan. Migratory birds abound throughout northern Botswana, along with a large number of breeding flamingos in the flooded salt pans. Rates are generally relatively low, making this a good time to visit on a budget.

  • Temperatures are still warm, with occasional thunderstorms
  • The bush feels alive; birdlife is at its most spectacular
  • Big game is dispersed
  • Zebra & wildebeest migration at its height
  • Availability in lodges and camps is often very good

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in January

Botswana in February

The weather in February is very similar to January, with heavy rain most days – often towards evening – and temperatures on the high side, albeit cooling off from the rains and surface water. Across northern Botswana, the landscape feels green and alive; insects and smaller animals are more easily seen, and many birds and animals are raising their young. However, the rains have created pools and waterholes in the bush and thicker vegetation and tall grass makes it trickier to spot larger animals. Further south, the game viewing is beginning to pick up in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Visitor numbers remain low, with attendant rates and availability in camps and lodges.

  • Temperatures still warm with occasional thunderstorms
  • Many animals with young; birdlife at its most spectacular
  • Big game is dispersed
  • Game viewing picking up in the Central Kalahari
  • Visitor numbers are low, so camp availability can be very good

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in February

Botswana in March

March usually sees Botswana’s main rains starting to tail off. Many days will be clear, with a strong sun raising temperatures. On some days clouds will build, and the late-afternoon may see a short thunderstorm. Across the country, the landscape is green and alive. Many birds and animals are finishing raising their young. Much of the migration is now moving north towards the Savute area or Chobe National Park, though thick vegetation still makes it trickier to spot even larger animals. March is one of the best times to be in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where many of the pans fill up and animals come to drink, closely followed by predators. With few visitors in most areas, rates may still be relatively low.

  • Variable weather: rains tailing off but still hot
  • Occasional small thunderstorms
  • Many animals finish raising their young; birdlife still spectacular
  • The best time to visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Few tourists visit during March, so rates often low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in March

Botswana in April

During April the rains have usually stopped, though there may be still be the odd late downpour. This results in clear skies and a lovely green, lush landscape. Night-time temperatures usually start to drop during April with this being most noticeable in the Central Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi areas. The Central Kalahari is really coming into its own at this point and from April through to May/June the Savute region is a particular favourite of ours, with good predator/prey interaction. In much of northern Botswana, the camps are coming into their “shoulder” season, so rates are on the rise but still relatively low.

  • Evening temperatures cooling with just the odd shower
  • Northern Botswana is green and lush
  • Many animals still with young; good predator/prey interaction
  • Central Kalahari and Savute the best places for wildlife
  • A popular shoulder season time to book. Rates relatively low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in April

Botswana in May

May is a very popular month to visit Botswana, often the last month of the “shoulder” season before camp rates hit their peak. While there is very little chance of rain, the annual floods from Angola are starting to make their way through the northern part of the Delta, and will eventually reach the majority of the Okavango late June. With cooler temperatures morning and evening, predator activity tends to be higher, although tall grasses can still obstruct game viewing. With cool crisp evenings, and the game viewing really picking up, this is the favourite time to visit for many of our team – and camp bookings throughout Botswana are snapped up quickly.

  • Cool mornings and evenings with little chance of rain
  • Game viewing is beginning to pick up
  • Predator activity increasing, though grasses still quite high
  • Last month of “shoulder” season for most camps
  • Availability goes quickly throughout Botswana

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in May

Botswana in June

June is the real start of the dry season. Temperatures are still cool in the morning and evenings with night-time temperatures sometimes reaching freezing, rising to 25–30 degrees Celsius during the day, with blue skies. Along with this comes a certain clarity to the air, favourable for serious photographers. Surface water and waterholes begin to dry up during this period and many animals begin to congregate around the remaining areas with water. Visibility is improving as the grass is beginning to die back, and game viewing is very good everywhere, with particular improvement in the Kwando–Linyanti areas. Not surprisingly, camp availability is becoming scarce and rates are high.

  • Warm, comfortable days; cold nights, morning & evenings
  • Air clarity favours serious photographers
  • Wildlife is gravitating to waterholes, making game-viewing productive
  • Grasses beginning to die back
  • Most camps are into peak season, with rates correspondingly high

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in June

Botswana in July

Evenings and mornings are still cool in July, and this combined with great game viewing makes it one of the most popular times to visit Botswana. Vegetation is really thinning out now making game easier to spot, with the few remaining waterholes attracting lots of wildlife. The north-eastern side of Chobe National Park, along the Chobe River, is also very rewarding, although this area can become very busy. Game viewing is extremely good in the Khwai areas, too, but again, this is a public area and – unlike in the private concessions of the Delta – vehicle numbers can be high. Camps are now very much into the peak season, and tend to be full.

  • Comfortable days; cold nights, morning & evenings
  • Game viewing very good as vegetation dies back and waterholes dry out
  • Chobe Riverfront and Khwai areas become very busy
  • Private concessions helps to avoid potentially high vehicle numbers
  • Now very much into peak season

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in July

Botswana in August

August is a popular time to visit Botswana, coinciding with the European summer holidays, and camp availability is difficult. Temperatures are generally cool at night, and comfortable during the day, although towards the end of the month they can rise above 35 degrees Celsius (albeit with low humidity). Cloudless skies bring spectacular star-gazing. Wildlife has congregated around the few remaining water sources, and much of the vegetation has now died back, so wildlife viewing tends to be varied and rewarding, particularly in the Okavango Delta. Depending on the rains in Angola this can also be one of the best times to see the delta floods at their peak.

  • Dry, warm days, with mainly cool nights
  • Cloudless skies with spectacular stars at night
  • A fantastic time for wildlife watching, particularly in the Okavango
  • Traditionally one of the best times to see the Delta in full flood
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges full

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in August

Botswana in September

September is another favourite month for some of our team members. Daytime temperatures are getting warmer, but nights remain cool. With the drier conditions, most of the greenery has faded from the landscape, and dust or even smoke create hazy conditions that aren’t great for photographers – though this does result in fantastic sunsets. This is another extremely good month for game viewing, with large numbers of elephant and buffalo congregating in the Chobe region and migrant birds begin to return to Botswana. Rates remain high – and availability correspondingly low.

  • Warmer days and cool nights
  • One of the best months for wildlife viewing
  • Large congregations of elephant & buffalo in the Chobe region
  • Hazy conditions less good for photographers, but brilliant sunsets
  • High season rates; many lodges & camps are full

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in September

Botswana in October

October is the one of the hottest months of the year, and usually one of the driest. Towards the end of the month the chances of rain can increase, and along with this can come greater humidity. The air is usually dry and hazy, making photography more challenging, but the lack of water and vegetation result in very good big-game viewing. Water levels are now much lower, so water-based activities such as boating, mokoro trips and fishing cease in many of the camps which are not on major tributaries.

  • Hot temperatures, with the chance of rain towards the end of the month
  • Great big-game viewing
  • Less opportunity for water activities in camps as floods recede
  • Hazy air not great for photographers
  • Final month of the peak season in camps

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in October

Botswana in November

November usually marks the end of the dry season in Botswana, when increasing temperatures drive a rise in humidity, sometimes culminating in the first rains. These are often short but very heavy showers in the late afternoon or during the night, and can be spectacular. The rains lower the temperatures slightly but bring a flush of green back into the dry landscapes. As waterholes in surrounding areas fill, wildlife will gradually begin to disperse as it is not restricted by the availability of water. November is a great time for birdwatching, with the arrival of many migrant birds. The first couple of weeks are very popular with travellers looking for great game viewing at lower rates as Botswana enters the “shoulder” season.

  • Hot in the middle of the day; sometimes humid
  • Heavy showers increasingly likely as the month progresses
  • Wildlife watching still good, but less reliable once it rains
  • Migrant birds start to arrive
  • “Shoulder” season brings mid-range rates in camps

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in November

Botswana in December

The rains in Botswana have now started, bringing some respite to the high temperatures. Game viewing becomes harder as wildlife is more dispersed but great sightings can still be had in the right areas such as Khwai and the Kwara and Mombo concessions. Areas such as the Makgadikgadi Pans change completely with the salt pans becoming covered in a shallow layer of water attracting large numbers of breeding flamingos. Low-season rates at many camps are a draw.

  • Temperatures starting to fall from the highs of October/November
  • Very high chance of rain, usually large heavy storms for short periods
  • Flamingos return to breed at the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Wildlife more dispersed, so game viewing more challenging
  • Typically low-season rates in the camps

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in December

Botswana fact file

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Excursions from Stanley's Camp

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst you're staying at Stanley's Camp. Talk to us: these are usually best arranged before you go.


Elephant Activity

Elephant Activity

Half day - mornings only

Any stay to Baines' Camp and Stanley's Camp is synonymous with the acclaimed elephant activity! Join experts Doug and Sandi Groves in a gentle, interactive experience walking with the two elephants Jabulani and Marula. This experience is a must for all lovers of elephants and wildlife!

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