ABOUT SANCTUARY RETREATS
Get to know Sanctuary Retreats
Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of luxury safari lodges and river cruise boats brings the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity. Located in some of the most stunning locations in the world, each property is completely individual in its design. Born in Africa with Sanctuary Olonana, in Kenya, we now own and operate additional lodges and camps in Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia.
Building on our heritage of luxury adventure travel, we also manage and run four spectacular river cruise boatsin one of the most amazing cultural and ecological sites in the world, the epic river Nile in Egypt.
Besides offering exceptional luxury and some of the most impressive game viewing in the world, Sanctuary Retreats is also dedicated to philanthropy. We continue to build long lasting relationships with the rural communities in which we operate. Our goal is to identify and sponsor long-term, viable and self-sustaining projects that will have the support of our staff and visitors. The projects listed on these pages are all collaborative. We work closely with the local communities to determine their needs and improve their well-being.
Over the past 20 years, we’ve earned a reputation for quality, with our exclusive collection of boutique lodges, camps and ships. This means impeccable service, stylish accommodation, exquisite food, local expertise and immersive experiences. Think cinematic views of African wildlife from a plush king-sized bed or private plunge pool. Or relaxing in a luxe pool cabana on an elegant ship as epic scenery glides past.
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Stories from our people
With a lifetime of experience in the travel industry and 16 years at the lodge, Pollen's knowledge of the region is unmatched. Pollen was born in Sesfontein, 110km from Okahirongo Elephant Lodge with conservation and tourism playing a large part in his upbringing.
Joseph was born in Loita Hills at the Eastern corridors of the Mara. He has a professional Diploma in Wildlife Management and joined the hospitality industry in 2009 before joining Sanctuary Olonana 8 years ago where he is now Head Guide and Head Naturalist. Joseph's commitment and passion for the community, flora and fauna have earned him a number of recognition awards.
Phinias joined Sanctuary Retreats in October 2008. Originally from Shurugwi-Midlands in Zimbabwe, he began a chef apprenticeship in 1994. After 3 years intensive training he graduated and started work as a junior section chef, eventually working his way up the ranks to junior sous chef. He is now Executive Chef at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, where he has worked since 2012.
Jackson was born and raised in Narok County, Kenya. Through his 16 years at Sanctuary Retreats, Jackson has moved from Sous-Chef to Sanctuary Tambarare's new Camp Manage since its opening in 2022. His love for the bush can be felt in each and every conversation with Jackson.
Pontious joined Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp in 2018 following an internship and now works in the housekeeping department as a room and laundry attendant. Pontious is currently expanding her skills as a masseuse.