Chobe Elephant Camp
It has the huge advantage of being located on the western side, just outside the park, away from the busy Kasane area of Chobe. So this allows clients to experience the wonderful game viewing in Chobe without the crowds. It is however still very accessible being only about 40 minutes transfer by road from Kasane Airport. With only 9 rooms it is perfect for those wanting a more intimate lodge compared to the big hotels found in Kasane village. Its wild location with animals often seen within the grounds of the lodge also means that you really do feel like you are on safari the whole time and this also sets it apart from the lodges in Kasane itself.
One of the really unique features of the lodge is the decision to build the rooms totally out of sandbags rather than the more typical tented rooms found in camps in the Okavango Delta. Botswana experiences extremes of temperature becoming exceptionally hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The thick sand filled walls of the rooms help to overcome this keeping them cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. The style of the rooms and the communal areas is modelled on a rustic farmhouse and they really are beautifully finished. Each room has ensuite facilities with indoor and outdoor shower, ceiling fan and their own private veranda. There is also a swimming pool and boma(fire) area.
A good variety of activities are on offer. These focus on game drives from open safari vehicles in the area of Chobe close to the lodge. Wonderful boat safaris along the Chobe River are also offered. At present, it is necessary to transfer clients to Kasane to start the boat cruises but it is hoped that in the future they can get permission to start them closer to the lodge. In addition it may be possible to do walking safaris in the nearby forest reserve although not Chobe Park itself and to interact with the local Sibuya Tribe who live within this wildlife haven.
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