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2 camps in Chobe??

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2 camps in Chobe??

We would like to go to 2 camps in Botswana at the end of March. Does it make sense to go to Chobe Game Lodge and Savute Safari Lodge? They are both in Chobe although in different parts. Is there enough difference in what we will see at these 2 lodges?

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1. Re: 2 camps in Chobe??

Yes there is a huge difference between Savute and the Chobe river area. However March is not the best time from a game viewing point of view. I think Savute will be better than Chobe Game Lodge, which is on the river. The animals tend to move away from the river during the wet season, so don't expect to see huge numbers of animals at Chobe Game Lodge. The bush will be lush and green, and birding will be good.

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Hi Jim and Ann,

I thought I would chime in on your conversation as the Desert and Delta product is one of my personal favorite options for Botswana. Their green season rates are unbeatable in terms of value for this region. Rack rates in March are US$495.00 & transfers from Kasane to Savute Safari Lodge $345.00 per person per seat rate. The combination will put you over your ideal $500 per person per day budget but for Botswana this is fantastic value for money!

In March it could still be very wet so you won’t have the large quantities of Elephant at Chobe Game Lodge but it remains one of the few place in Botswana where one can experience the water activities offered in Chobe. You could also consider going across the border and opting for Chobe Savanna Lodge at US$385 per person rack rates for March, in the same portfolio. You will have water based activities only but the one down side of the Chobe region for land based activities is that due to park rules and regulations they have now adjusted their safari vehicles to seat up to 12 people (although they try to limit it to 8, if the lodge is full and everyone wants to go on drive you could have 12 pax on a vehicle at Chobe Game Lodge) to abide by the number of vehicles allowed in the park at a specific time. Chobe Savanna is a smaller property (24 guests vs. 94 at Chobe Game Lodge) with the same magnificent views of the Chobe River. It sits on the Eastern Caprivi of the Namibian boarder, on a peninsula on the northern bank of the Chobe River. It overlooks the vast floodplains of the Chobe National Park’s Puku Flats. This area is renowned for its diverse and prolific wildlife including the rare puku antelope. Activities include boat excursions in small maneuverable boats, ideal for close up encounters with wildlife along the river’s edge and you can also visit a local community village.

Savute Safari Lodge is a great property and sits about a 5 hours drive from Chobe Game Lodge – well worth a visit, the staff are fantastic as with all the D&D camps, they pay attention to all the small details and get it right every time! Guiding is phenomenal and in this region you also have the opportunity to view ancient San Rock paintings with a visit to Gubatsa Hills. Elephant activity here is great, even in the wet season the likelihood of having elephants in front of the lodge is pretty good – they seem to prefer coming to the waterhole in front of room 7 & 8 (my favorite rooms) for hours of personal viewing/elephant interaction. Lion, Hyena and Leopard are also seen here and if you are lucky Wild Dog - they have a resident porcupine that lives under one of the rooms there, so neat to see!

Desert and Delta have also just acquired Xakanaka in the Moremi – although if it’s very wet, the Moremi may not be ideal in March. This area is great for cat sightings and Xakanaka is a great addition to their portfolio, the lodge is located about 50kms to the west of the Khwai Gate in the Northern sector of the Moremi Game Reserve. The lodge offers boating year road as well as mokoro excursions. The Moremi Reserve is rated as one of Africa’s finest game viewing areas, with sightings of Elephant, Sable, Giraffe, Tsesseve, Lechwe, Wildebeest, Kudu and Impala. Predators include Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena and then of course you have Buffalo, crocodile, Hippo, Red Lechwe, Waterbuck and Sitatunga antelope just to name a few. This may be a nice combination with Savute Safari Lodge as it will give you that land/water experience – it really will depend on how much rain they have during the season. I hope this information helps you make a decision guys – if looking at Botswana, you can’t go wrong with Desert & Delta – they really offer great value for money!

Marguerite Smit - Safari Consultant - Travel Beyond

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4. Re: 2 camps in Chobe??

Jim and Ann,

If you want to hit your budget, try this:

Day 1 Land VFA and road transfer to Ngoma or Muchenje in the Chobe ecosystem

Day 2,3 Chobe safari

Day 4 Road transfer 2.5 hours back to VFA. Overnght VF Hotel or similar.

Day 5 Road transfer after breakfast to the Hide in Hwange National Park (about 4 hours) for a three day safari.

Day 6,7 The Hide (read reviews on Trip Advisor).

Day 8 Road transfer back to VFA and fly out (maybe to Cape Town).

Craig Beal - owner - Travel Beyond

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