Chobe Botswana weekend safari
3 days; 2 nights.
Botswana weekend safari: there is a point upstream from Victoria Falls on the River Zambezi where the four countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge. It’s unique in the world; nowhere else do four countries meet in this way.
It’s a phenomenal area, with Victoria Falls just downstream, the Okavango Delta away to the west and the amazing national park of Chobe right on the doorstep. Chobe is pronounced as ‘cho’ (as in the first part of choke) and ‘bee’ (as in where honey comes from).
This itinerary can begin any day and it can be for a solo traveller, or more.
Chobe Botswana weekend safari
We use a scheduled minibus service from the Zambia town of Livingstone, eastwards, ‘handrailing ’ the River Zambezi towards Chobe. We travel 60 Km upstream, staying inside Zambia, to reach the Kazungula ferry which trundles you across the river and into Kasane, Botswana. Border formalities are straight forward and just 30 Km inside Botswana is the delightful Garden Lodge.
Garden Lodge is owner-managed with just 8 rooms and goes to great lengths to make your stay personal. It’s described here http://www.ventureco-worldwide.com/africa/botswana/garden-lodge/ The lodge is an 8 min drive from Chobe National Park or just 5 mins by boat along the Chobe River to enter the national park.
You’ll arrive in time for a light lunch before setting off for the first safari activity, which is river-based. Instead of driving to Chobe, we board a launch and travel upstream along the River Chobe (which is a tributary to the Zambezi) and see what can be discovered along the riverbank. The river is broad here with islands in mid-stream; on the left hand bank is Chobe national park and on the right the Kasika conservancy, Namibia. You couldn’t wish for a better boat safari location!
Return to Garden Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Another unique aspect of Garden Lodge is the fact that they have their own vehicles and restrict guest numbers to 6 per vehicle, compared to 10 guests that the larger Chobe lodges put into vehicles. 6 persons means everyone has an outside seat that gives unrestricted game viewing, and you’re close enough to the guide to hear what he’s saying and to cross-question him about the flora and fauna of this huge park.
Return to Garden Lodge for lunch and the afternoon is free to relax in the grounds, dip in the pool and just take it easy. Towards the end of the afternoon return to the launch for a second safari along the riverbank, or if you prefer, you can take the 4×4 into the park instead, the choice is yours.
Chobe has an estimated 140,000 elephants, huge herds of buffalo and almost daily sightings of lions: it’s a photographer’s dream. Usually we drive in the morning and boat in the afternoon. However, we are flexible and will happily change this routine to suit guests’ requests. And here’s the deal: if you do not see any elephant on your game drive or boat cruise, Phil & Gabi (your host and hostess) will pay for all your drinks for the day! The perfect way to relax for the weekend.
Overnight at Garden Lodge. FB.
After breakfast return to Livingstone via the Kazungula ferry and minibus to town.
You’ll be back in Livingstone by early afternoon.
Chobe, Botswana weekend safari: Included in the price
Transport as described
Kazungula ferry crossing
Full board (FB) at Garden lodge from lunch on day one to breakfast on day 3
Safari activities (boat safaris and vehicle safaris into Chobe)
Chobe National Park entrance fees.
Visa for Botswana (if required)
Double entry visa for Zambia (if required)