In a recent round-up for Business Day Wanted (July 2021), travel, food and lifestyle writer, Richard Holmes swopped Cape Town for Chobe on a self-drive adventure. He explains why now is the time to make the best of the great safari rates on offer in Botswana with this min review of his stay at Chobe Safari Lodge.
Chobe Safari Lodge featured online in Business Day Wanted
If the Okavango is a stretch for your pocket, consider the Chobe River instead. Direct daily flights link Johannesburg with Kasane, and five minutes’ drive from the airport you will find yourself on the banks of one of Africa’s great rivers.
At Chobe Safari Lodge the suites are pitched on the riverbanks, and come evening grumbling hippos and calling fish eagles will be your sundowner soundtrack. The lodge is the oldest in the region, dating to 1959, but the 68 rooms and suites are each decorated in a bright vibrant safari aesthetic. They all offer private terraces, with ground-floor suites giving straight onto lawns leading to the river.
The lodge borders the Chobe National Park, and you will find wild bushbuck, warthog and banded mongoose wandering freely in the gardens. Fill your days with game drives in the national park, or cast a line for the hard-fighting tiger fish in the rapids downstream.
The highlight, however, are the evening cruises that take you up close to the famous elephant herds of the Chobe. It is as wild as the delta, with less of a dent in the wallet.
Book a night at Chobe Safari Lodge
We’ve got great SADC rates. Experience Chobe National Park from just BWP799 B&B per person sharing. Book three nights and get a free river cruise! Call 625 0336 to make a reservation or mail firstname.lastname@example.org