In the Press: Lowered rates add to the lure of Botswana’s bucket-list destinations

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. 

Lion Chobe National Park
Chobe Safari Lodge enjoys the Chobe National Park as its direct neighbour. Sightings like this sit just a ten-minute drive away! © Under One Botswana Sky


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. 

Chobe Safari Lodge Rooms
The spacious safari rooms at Chobe Safari Lodge overlook the Chobe River. © Under One Botswana Sky

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.

Coffee on the Chobe River
Coffee on the Chobe River anyone? © Under One Botswana Sky

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.

Chobe River cruise elephants
Along with many species of big game, Chobe National Park boasts the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. See them up close – and safely – on a sweet Chobe River cruise. © Under One Botswana Sky

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