Chobe is the most well known National Park and wildlife area in Botswana. It is famed for its enormous elephant populations and the exceptional viewing possible by boat on the Chobe River, most likely the best water based wildlife viewing opportunity in the World.
The best time to visit is the dry season from May through October as thousands of elephants come to the Chobe riverfront early and late in the day. Buffalo herds up to 1,500 individuals also use the river’s edge for grazing. A boat trip is the ultimate way to see the variety of animals along the river.
This is a unique opportunity that is perfect for the water lover who will be happy with a few days of relaxed game viewing by boat. Since the best wildlife viewing in Chobe is on the riverfront this is a great way to view it, best of all the boat is registered in Namibia, which means it can stay on the water while the park is closed and the Botswana boats all have to leave. Using spotlights you can actually do some nighttime game viewing from the boat as well as catch sunrise and sunset on the water. You can often hear lions roaring while laying in your bed on the boat and surprising to many, lions and even leopards are often sighted as well as the abundant elephants, buffalo and various antelope species. Birding is supreme as well.
The boat drags a smaller motorboat that can be used for close to shore viewing as well as access to other activities such as walks and fishing. The boat is staffed with an excellent crew of 5 who deliver luxury service.
The boat contains just four rooms and the focal feature of each room is the large sliding window that allows for your own personal view of the changing landscapes before you. The cabins also have an en-suite bathroom, each tastefully fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin.
Climbing the staircase that connects the accommodation deck to the entertainment deck you will have access to a spacious lounge and bar area that encourages you to take time-out and simply enjoy the view. This deck also has a relaxed open-air dining area where guests can enjoy superb meals prepared by a skillful chef in the full-size onboard kitchen.
At the front of the entertainment deck, guests can cool off in the plunge pool or simply soak up the African sun on deck chairs while enjoying an ice-cold beverage and the outstanding scenery.
- Nighttime game viewing
- Open-air dining
- Plunge pool