What lodges do you have in the Chobe region?
Under One Botswana Sky comprises Chobe Safari Lodge, Chobe Bush Lodge and Nata Lodge, which have all been favourites for travellers for many beautiful years!
In fact, our precious Chobe Safari Lodge was founded in 1959 and is Kasane’s oldest resort perched on the beautiful Chobe River. Chobe Bush Lodge sits behind Chobe Safari Lodge and overlooks the Chobe National Park.
How many rooms does Chobe Safari Lodge have?
Chobe Safari Lodge had 60 luxury rooms and all face the mighty Chobe River. There are also 16 spacious family rooms plus a lovely, level shaded campsite on our property.
How many rooms does Chobe Bush Lodge have?
Chobe Bush Lodge lies opposite Chobe Safari Lodge sharing the same grounds and offers 38 luxury rooms plus 4 spacious family suites all facing the Chobe National Park, where we often enjoy impala and warthogs grazing on the grounds.
What activities are on offer in Chobe?
Boat cruises, bridge tours, birding and so much more. Both our Chobe lodges offer fantastic variety! Activities range from the classic sunset cruises on the Chobe River that bring you breathtakingly close to elephants, hippos, crocodiles and the beautiful water birds of Botswana to game drives in the Chobe National Park which are available in the mornings and late afternoons. Half-day and full-day game drives are also on offer, as well as private river cruises that cater to focused interests such as birdwatching in the early mornings. Day trips to the iconic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and tiger fishing trips along the Kasai channel in Namibia are also easily arranged with pick-ups from our front door. Then there’s the new boat trip that takes you underneath the modern marvel of the Kazungula Bridge and our marvellous candle-lit dinner cruise.
Are safari activities included in my cost of stay?
Unless you book a package, safari activities are normally at an extra cost. The list of the activities, including the rates, can be found on our rate sheets. You can book all activities on-site with our excursion experts.
Are Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge family-friendly?
Absolutely. Both Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge are family-friendly with spacious family rooms. Both accommodation options can cater to families of various sizes as well as multigenerational families. Children can also participate in all game viewing activities. Babysitting services can be arranged in advance and we often run a Kid’s Club over the festive season during December to keep our young nature fans occupied during the school holidays.
What time of year is best to visit Chobe?
The Chobe is fantastic all year!
What is best about each season in the Chobe area?
January offers sublime skies, sunsets with colourful clouds, baby animals and beautiful birding thanks to all the migrant visitors that flock for the abundance of food. We also love it when we can use the river road inside the national park, which is when the Chobe River sits a little lower.
July to October are high season months, and the riverfront area gets more visitors. It can be dry and dusty, but the wildlife is highly concentrated around the river because waterholes have dried up. This makes for unrivalled game-viewing both on the river and via game drives. It is also a colder time of year and can be a more comfortable time to travel.
How much does it cost to stay at Chobe Safari Lodge?
Rates start from BWP2410 or US$236 and can vary according to season. Please refer to our rates page for the best available price.
Getting there. How far is Chobe Safari Lodge from the airport?
Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from Kasane International Airport, which is a ten-minute drive away. We are also situated closest to the Chobe National Park which is likewise a ten-minute drive. We are situated on the far northern border of Botswana in the town of Kasane.
Can I get a car hire from the airport?
Yes. Kasane International Airport is home to Avis, Hertz and Chobe 4×4.
How many nights should I spend in Chobe?
A three-night stay allows you two full days of exploring the bush and riverfront, but we cannot guarantee that is long enough to experience all that Chobe has to offer. Typically, there is only enough time for two activities per day. A four-night stay would permit the following itinerary: two afternoon boat cruises, two game drives inside the Chobe National Park, one full day exploring the Victoria Falls and then one afternoon off to enjoy cocktails on the deck and an evening dinner cruise.
What activities does Nata Lodge offer?
Enjoy a guided drive to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans inside the Nata Bird Sanctuary with a professional guide knowledgeable about this unique landscape’s birds, animals, and flora. Nata Lodge also offers a cultural village tour that shows guests the modern ways of life of people in Nata Village.
Are safari activities included in my cost of stay at Nata Lodge?
Unless you book a package, safari activities are normally at an extra cost. Our full list of activities, including the rates, can be found on our rate sheet. Pan trips start at BWP325 and BWP185pp for the cultural tour.
What is the entrance fee to Nata Bird Sanctuary?
You can visit the community-run Nata Bird Sanctuary on a self-drive trip too. Effective from April 2022, the updated rates are BWP100 per person for non-residents, BWP70 per person for Botswana residents and BWP50 per person for citizens of Botswana. Then there is an additional vehicle fee, which is BWP35 for non-residents and BWP30 for citizens. It is advisable to bring cash in the currency of Botswana (which is pula) to pay at the entrance gate.
How many rooms does Nata Lodge have?
There are 20 twin-bed wooden chalets with freestanding ball-and-claw bathtubs, 2 family chalets and 10 twin bed luxury safari tents plus a campsite set beautifully laid out below swishing palm trees with shared ablutions.
How much does it cost to stay at Nata Lodge?
Rates start from BWP990 or US$114 in our luxury glamping units and can vary according to season. Please refer to our rates page for the best available price.
Getting there? How far is Nata Lodge from the airport?
Nata Lodge is a self-drive destination famous for being on the way to everywhere! The Nata Airstrip is currently decommissioned and not in use, but it sits just 12km away from Nata Lodge when operational. Currently, we use major airports in Francistown (200km away), Maun (310km away) and Kasane (320km away).
What is the distance from the main cities in South Africa and Botswana?
It will take you a full 12-hour day (if the border-crossing is smooth) to drive from Johannesburg to Nata Lodge (900km) and you should then budget 4 hours to drive from Nata Lodge onwards to Chobe Safari Lodge (320km). Nata Lodge also sits 3 and a half hours from Maun (310km) and 2 and a half hours from Francistown (180km).
Is there a restaurant and pool at Nata Lodge?
Yes. Our little oasis has a pool and bar plus a restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner open to day visitors. We are famous for our oxtail stew, Chobe bream and delicious milkshakes.
How many nights should I stay at Nata Lodge?
A two-night stay allows plenty of time to explore the Nata Bird Sanctuary and the Makgadikgadi landscape that lies within the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Then there’s the opportunity to relax around the pool too. If travelling from Maun or Chobe and timed correctly, a one-night stay would permit a beautiful sundowner trip to the salt pans which typically depart at 4pm.
What is best about each season at Nata Lodge?
The number one thing to do in Nata is to visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary. Spanning 230 square kilometres, the Nata Bird Sanctuary is the easiest way to see the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans network.
In winter, Nata Bird Sanctuary is famous for the enormous flock of flamingos that descend to breed. However, their presence is entirely dependent on rainfall and water levels. As with any wilderness area, the birds come and go as they please according to the magical rhythm of nature. Once the eggs have hatched, pelicans and flamingos then scatter across the pans in search of food for their young. At this time, they can often be seen up close!
Over 378 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary and summer is undoubtedly the busiest time of year for birdwatching when migrant species join the resident fowls. Another summer highlight is the transformation of the pan from a dusty white flat saltscape to an endless inland sea. Guests will then be able to witness the unique majesty of Sua Pan that harks back to its origins as a prehistoric superlake.
Both times of year are spectacular for out-of-this-world sunset views and provide the opportunity to see great game, including Plains zebra, Blue wildebeest, Black-backed jackals, Bat-eared foxes and more.