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Safari to Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana

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A June 2006 trip to Kasane by travelswithkids

Waiting for the ferry from Botswana to Zambia Photo, Botswana, Africa More Photos
Quote: Chobe Park is one of the best game viewing destinations in Botswana and our 3-day visit was a highlight of our tour of southern Africa.

Safari to Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana

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Overview

Waiting for the ferry from Botswana to Zambia Photo, Botswana, Africa
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Chobe National Park in Botswana, along the Chobe River on the northern border of Botswana, was our second big stop on our tour of southern Africa. Chobe is one of the premier game-viewing destinations in Africa, featuring huge herds of elephants and buffalo. We stayed at Chobe Safari Lodge, a moderately priced lodge in the small town of Kasane that we couldn't have been more pleased with. We walked through another lodge in Kasane, the Chobe Marina Lodge, which looked a little nicer and is a little larger, but is much more expensive.While here, we went on game viewing drives and river cruises in Chobe National Park, and visited a small Namibian village across the river/border in the Caprivi s...Read More

Chobe Safari Lodge

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Hotel

Chobe Safari Lodge Photo, Kasane, Botswana
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We had a fantastic stay at Chobe Safari Lodge. The lodge and rooms were very comfortable, but the location on the Chobe River keeps you connected with the natural beauty and wildlife that you come here for. The atmosphere of the lodge is very relaxed with an attitude that helps you enjoy your stay. The staff were always pleasant, happy to say "Hello" in passing, and to make sure you were finding everything you needed. It isn't ultra luxurious or elegant, but then you aren't paying for that at this hotel.There are a couple of two-story main buildings with multiple rooms, all of which face the river. Besides these, there are also a few detached rondavels (round, thatch-roofed cabins), and an are...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

Chobe Safari Lodge
Border of Chobe National Park
Kasane, Botswana
(267) 625 0 336

Chobe National Park

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Attraction | "Chobe Park Morning Game Drive"

Chobe National Park Photo, Botswana, Africa
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Up and loaded onto safari trucks at the hotel while it was still dark, we started our day with the chilly drive to the entrance of Chobe National Park as part of a fleet of a half-dozen trucks from our hotel. We were very excited to be headed out for a 3-hour game viewing drive. As we headed down the bumpy road in the park, we saw our first big animal, a giraffe, before it was even light out. After watching the sun rise over the bush, we continued our trip. The game drive is scheduled for 3 hours total and the time went quickly. The trip includes a break for tea and cookies near the end of the trip. The highlight for us was finding a group of four lions relaxing in the morning sun, but we saw p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2006

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park
Botswana

Chobe National Park

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Attraction | "Sunset Cruise on the Chobe River"

Chobe National Park Photo, Botswana, Africa
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Chobe National Park is home to the largest herd of elephants in Africa. Literally thousands of them live there. On our morning game viewing drive in Chobe park, we saw exactly zero. But, if you want to see elephants, the time to see them is late afternoon, down by and in the river. On our evening cruise along the river we saw hundreds of elephants that had come to the river to eat, cool off, and play. There were several family groups of about a dozen each along the shore, and hundreds stretched out all along the shallow parts of the river, many eating the marshy grasses.We rode in an excursion boat with seats for about 50 people or so on the shaded main deck. There was also a smaller upper lev...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park
Botswana

Namibian Village

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Attraction | "Namibian Village Visit"

Namibian Village Photo, Kasane, Botswana
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The visit to a Namibian village is one of the excursions offered by the Chobe Safari Lodge. We signed up for the trip and enjoyed it very much. It wound up being just our family, with a guide, Vincent, from the lodge. Vincent was from Namibia, a different village, but one he said was very similar to the one we visited and not too far away.The trip gave us very interesting glimpse of the way people still live in these traditional mud-hut villages. We took a small power boat from the lodge, then had to go through the Botswana emigration procedures, and then we got Namibian stamps in our passport on the other side of the broad river. Even though this was to be a cultural...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Namibian Village
Impalila Island, Namibia
Kasane, Botswana

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