Okavanga & Chobe - Signature SeriesBL3T21001-6-12-18-12-1
This is a 4 night, 5 day excursion which can be taken ex: Johannesburg or Cape Town. Flights arrive into Kasane and leave from Maun, Botswana.
Included in your Lodge stay are:
- Accommodation for 4 nights at the camps stated. 2 nights Chobe Safari Lodge or Chobe Bush Lodge, and 2 nights Moremi Crossing or Gunns Camp.
- All meals whilst at the camps
- All beverages at the camps
- Charter flights between Lodges
- Botswana bed levy.
- All activites at the camp (Chobe Game Drives, Chobe River Cruises, mokoro trips, bush walks, birding and fishing)
- Park fees
- All aircraft landing fees and navigation fees
- Passenger departure taxes in Botswana
In addition, included also is your economy seated flight Johannesburg/Cape Town to Kasane/Maun or v.v.
Welcome to one of the great wildlife destinations of Africa
When you visit the Chobe National Park, you will never forget the first glimpse of the dazzling, deep blue Chobe River, as it winds its way through sandy terrain, small towns, lush floodplains, dense forests of cathedral mopane trees, and endless broadleaf woodlands. The park is named after this majestic river that protects 10.700 km² of the northern Kalahari desert, providing ensuing wilderness and a game density that is steadily remarkable.
A place for everyone - Chobe National Park
Famed for its massive elephant populations, big herds of buffalo (matched only by some large lion prides) and incredible birdlife, Chobe National Park will leave an everlasting memory. Where else can you find such an amazing riverfront, with bustling wildlife, undisturbed predators, heavenly landscapes and tranquil lodges? The most accessible area of the park is the Chobe Riverfront, this is also where you will find the largest concentration of wildlife. For a more predator-rich area: head off to Linyanti Marshes. Or nourish your soul in the remote Savuti area. Wherever you go in this park, wildlife encounters are plentiful and all of Chobe feels like true wilderness. It is a place that can be enjoyed by everyone: couples, families and seasoned Africa travelers.
We will explain more about the different areas below. But first, a little bit about the history of this special place.
History of Chobe National Park
The original inhabitants of Chobe were the Bushmen, followed by the – impressively named – Hambukushu, Bayei and Basubiya. In the 1850s, locals saw explorer David Livingstone passing through the area on his way to the Victoria Falls (a little over an hour away from Chobe National Park), and some big-game hunters seeking trophies and ivory. Luckily, for all the flora and fauna of this unique land, the area was first protected as a game reserve in 1961 and proclaimed as national park in 1968.
Up to this day the game-density remains exceptional. You will be forced to halt frequently because a parade of wildlife wants to pass by. Much better than stopping for a red light in traffic, right? Moderating the number of visitors to the park keeps it from feeling ‘too busy’, adding to the remote and exclusive Chobe safari experience.
Flora and fauna: plenty of different areas in one park
Whenever you are close to the Chobe river, you will notice a broad variety of lush green bushes and trees. Away from water sources, the bushes get thicker and thorny, with a few open areas.
Although Chobe National Park is a wildlife paradise, trying to describe it as a whole would be a mistake. Chobe consists of many different smaller ecosystems, each with its own vibe, different vegetation and animal population. We will explain more about the three areas here, but will try to give you an overview of what the park is about first.
Wildlife in Chobe around the clock
You can encounter Chobe’s wildlife across the entire park. When the dry season begins, large herds of elephant and buffalo seek the permanent waters of the Chobe and Linyanti Rivers. Imagine thousands of them, coming sometimes all the way from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. All year round, Chobe’s big game includes zebra, impala, baboon, blue wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, warthog and vervet monkey. Lions and the spotted hyena are very common; together they are the dominant predators, bringing you spectacular encounters with big buffalo herds. The riverfront is the hotspot to see hippo, crocodile and the slightly odd, leguvaan (the second longest lizard of Africa).
And, although seen less, the incredible cheetah, leopard and Africa’s rare wild dog roam the Chobe area frequently. Your guide will keep an eye out for these unique animals: seeing them in their natural environment is an unforgettable experience. If you are very lucky, you might even spot the rarely seen, white rhino. Reintroduced in Botswana in 2001, they are spreading gradually. So a wandering rhino might turn up!
Some Chobe safari lodges offer night drives on their own property; a very exciting and special trip. At night, the nocturnal animals emerge, such as bushbabies (adorable fluffy animals with big eyes), African wildcats and honey badgers.
A little extra about birds in Chobe
If there is one more thing that needs our special attention, it is the overwhelming birdlife in Chobe National Park. With over 450 birds species, there is no way we can list them all. So, here are a few highlights.
Hop on a boat for a river cruise and spot kingfishers, a high density of fish eagles and African skimmers. Stay on the lookout for bee-eaters, hamerkops and wire-tailed swallows. Also the borders of the islands and Chobe floodplains are where you want to be: storks, geese, herons and many, many plovers. Unusual, but definitely worth seeking are the rufous bellied and white-backed night herons, with their long beaks and elegant crest.
Overall, even if you are not a birdwatcher, these frolicking feather bundles will steal your heart, right from the moment they appear in front of your binoculars.
A Chobe family safari: biggest playground ever
Yes, planning a Chobe safari with the entire family can be challenging. But, if do it right, you and the little ones will have the experience of a lifetime. A few things to keep in mind: anticipation is a very important part of the overall trip. Especially if it is the first time your kid(s) will venture out of their comfort zone: talking about it and viewing pictures of the animals helps them prepare. What will they see? Maybe they want to make a checklist of cool animals they want to spot? Involve them in packing their suitcases too; if they feel a sense of responsibility, the trip will be more exciting.
Because the lodges in Chobe are all in the ‘true’ wilderness (unfenced), owners are quite strict with safety restrictions. Always check the minimum age permitted in the camp. Most camps also have a minimum age for game drives and guided bush walks.
Besides that, a safari is the perfect way to enhance family bonding (imagine reminiscing about the day under a star-studded sky, or waking up together with wildlife roaming in front of your suite), so start planning and let the anticipation begin!
Since this area normally receives floods last it contains some of the closest dry-season watering
points for the game that spreads out towards Nxai and Makgadikgadi Pans during the rains. Around
this, there is a high density of game in the dry season but since quite a lot of the reserve is mopane
woodlands (a favourite location for animals during the rains and early dry season) good game viewing is expected all year round. This river system attracts a wide variety of game. Familiar favourites include: Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Tsessebe, Hippo, Crocodile, Genet, Honey Badger and a host of Plains Game. Rare Antelope breeds including Roan, Sable & Eland, not normally seen in the Okavango region, occur here. As the Gomoti is the main water source in the area, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog come down to the riverside to drink and hunt, of course! The locations and views are spectacular with the classic flooding of the Okavango across the adjacent seasonal floodplains. For those keen on bird-watching, the combination of the wetlands and the drier Acacia and Mopane veldt provide a perfect habitat for a variety of aquatic species including Open Billed Storks, Hammerkops, Egrets, Ibis and forest/savannah dwellers including Raptors, Shrikes, Drongos, Sunbirds, Ground Hornbills and so on.
Chobe Safari Lodge
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. It is the oldest lodge in Chobe and was established in 1959. Right on our doorstep is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi.
Along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, and our game drives and boat cruises offer visitors the opportunity to witness this amazing spectacle. We also offer sunset boat cruises, private boat hire, Victoria Falls day trips, fishing, scenic flights, and Namibian Village walks.
46 rooms individually decorated offer every comfort. Each room affords our guests the luxury of air-conditioning, luxurious en-suite bath and shower, satellite TRV and telephone. The rooms enjoy expansive lawns which form the banks of the Chobe river. Each room has its own patio that gives one the privacy of enjoying views of the river from the comfort of your own room and also the close proximity to the main complex.
Chobe Bush Lodge
With its intimate, modern and contemporary design, Chobe Bush Lodge is found in Kasane along the Chobe River, within eye distance of Chobe Safari Lodge. We are close to three international airports - Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Kasane - and daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Bush Lodge make us easily accessible.
Our thirty-eight spacious, luxury en-suite rooms boast an open-plan bathroom featuring both bath and a shower, air-conditioning, TV and a safe. Ground floor rooms have verandas, whilst the top rooms offer balconies with exquisite views over Chobe National Park. We also have four, large, exclusive family rooms consisting of two separate bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facilities.
Chobe Bush Lodge has its own cocktail bar with spectacular views overlooking the Chobe National Park and boasts an a’la carte restaurant for dinner. Sedudu Bar, famous for the most beautiful sunsets is also just a short walk away. With both Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge being so close to one another, guests can freely traverse between the two to enjoy the facilites and restaurants of both lodges.
Overlooking the legendary Chief’s Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, Gunn's Camp is one of the last few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps. Set under leafy palms and African Ebony trees,to blend naturally with its unique surroundings, eco-friendly Gunn's Camp achieves a fine balance of comfort without isolating guests from the sights and sounds of the wilderness.
At Gunn’s Camp, set along the papyrus-clad banks of the Okavango Delta, one becomes part of the bustling river life. Explore the wilderness with our game drives, guided bush walks, or sit back and absorb the scenery from a traditional 'mokoro' canoe. Another great way to explore the crystal clear channels of the Boro River is by motor-boat. Watch the sun set whilst drifting along a lagoon and sipping sundowners. For the adventurous, we also offer a rustic island camping experience. Game drives will be available only when water levels are low. There will be no game drives when water levels are high as areas of the concession become inaccessible. Mokoros, boat cruises & fishing are also water level dependent.
Deluxe Meru Tents
Set on raised platforms overlooking the delta plains, Gunn's Camp consists of six, fully furnished, deluxe Meru tents with en-suite bathrooms featuring stand-alone baths and outside private showers. All our tents are furnished with an eclectic mixture of solid wood and African furniture, with a lounge area and a private veranda.
The accommodation area is connected to the main camp via raised wooden walkways crossing the wetlands and magically lit by fairy-like lanterns. All our guests can enjoy the elevated bar, lounge and dining room, our campfire boma and the sparkling pool.
The top deck boasts a large bar with magnificent views overlooking Chief’s Island and the dining deck is on two separate levels.
Moremi Crossing is a 16 tent, eco friendly camp built on a palm fringed island surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooking Chief's Island. Moremi Crossing is a new style safari camp combining luxury with simplicity. This is a 100% eco-friendly development featuring the latest in solar and waste disposal technology.
Become part of the bustling river life along the papyrus clad banks of the Okavango Delta. Explore the wilderness with our game drives, guided bush walks, or sit back and absorb the scenery from a traditional 'mokoro' canoe. Another great way to explore the crystal clear channels of the Boro River is by motor-boat. Watch the sun set while drifting along a lagoon and sipping on sundowners. For the adventurous, we also offer a rustic island camping experience. Game drives will be available only when water levels are low. There will be no game drives when water levels are high as areas of the concession become inaccessible. Mokoros, boat cruises & fishing are also water level dependent.
Accommodation consists of 16 en suite and spacious tents on raised decks, each with their own veranda overlooking Chief's Island. Tents have their own eco-friendly outdoor shower heated by solar power. We have both a Family Tent sleeping four (2 adults and 2 children) and a Honeymoon Tent with an outdoor bath.
The main building consists of a large open plan deck that has a spectacular view over the Boro River onto Chief's Island. This crescent-shaped area is built on different levels to give you the feeling of space. The dining room, bar and lounge are covered by a large thatched roof that hugs the tree line. Various small private lounge areas have been created for comfort, privacy and spaciousness.
HOW TO BOOK
Its simple. All our prices are per person in the room type, hotel etc, of your choice from the drop down menus.
Select the hotel/room type/ticket category and ADD TO CART
Now you increase the number of guests per room (so if booking a double you need to increase the QUANTITY to 2, a twin the same, but a single is just 1 person). Automatically the value of the cart increases.
If booking more than one room, simply click CONTINUE SHOPPING in the CART, return to your chosen trip and repeat the process. Do this for each room type. This also allows you to buy different styles of room depending on your needs.
Time to pay. You can choose 2 schemes.
A - If buying outside the 12 weeks cut off you click the INSTALLMENTS button in the middle. This takes you to the secure payment pages of Partial.ly.
B - If paying in full (ie: after 23rd April 2021) click the FULL PAYMENT button. This takes you to the PayPal secure server.
We accept all credit and debit cards.
HOW TO PAY
Our payment process is simple and flexible. You have payment options to suit all budgets.
INSTALLMENTS - all tours will be 30% deposit, 20% on by 01 October 2020, 25% on 23 January 2021 and 25% on 23 April 2021. You will receive an invoice for each installment.
INTERIM PAYMENTS - of course you can also pay in stages. Each invoice raised (as above) will allow you to pay off a minimum of £200 a time off the total bill.
BANK TRANSFER - if you wish to pay by bank deposit, let us know and we will provide account details.
None of these payment scheme attract additional fees. valid as of 1st May 2020