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“Dusty but comfortable camp site, great animal viewing”

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Chobe Tented Safari
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Having come from the Delta, this bush camp was a bit of shock at first - very dusty and barren looking. However we soon learnt to not be influenced by first impressions. The game viewing down by the river plains was great, two different leopards, lion, lots of ellies and antelope and also a honey badger as well as the expected others. The river plains are very garden of eden-ish and allow for great shots across the vista with a great variety of animals and birds visible. The advantage of the camp is that you can be out and about earlier and later than those traveling in from more luxurious accommodation outside of the park.
Having said the camp was dusty and barren looking, the beds are very comfy with good linen, their are flush toilets (an amazing feat given the camp is mobile) and the food great. A note for those who are not used to camping, we flushed the toilet only when absolutely necessary (for example not after every wee) not because we were asked to but because providing flush toilets in that environment is clearly a huge effort for the staff.
Our guide was Stanza, and he is an amazing tracker/spotter, able to spot animals such as leopard and lions with what seemed like super powered eye-sight. As long as you obey the safari rules (do not stand up in the vehicle to get a better shot) the animals are very accustomed to tourist presence and do not deviate their path because you happen to be parked there (with the exception of one very cranky old buffalo who went back to the bushes to charge us again). The boat ride is also an amazing experience and allows even more close up encounters with the animals. Definitely would recommend Chobe Tented Safari Camp although I found the constant 'This is Chobe' mantra irritating.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We spent two nights at Chobe Under Canvas, an &Beyond camp. The service and food were wonderful. It was very special to hear lions roaring nearby as we ate dinner under the stars. During the night, we heard elephants eating near the tents and other animals walking near the camp. Animal sightings were unbelievable. We could sit in one spot and see so many various animals. We even saw two very rare species of antelope. Our only complaint was the poor lighting in the tents. otherwise, what an experience! Be aware that this is a national park and the Landrovers cannot go off road to follow animals as they can on private reserves.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2008

We selected a range of different lodges for our four week tour in Southern Africa, and the tented safari in Chobe National Park was the most basic, and cheapest. These are real tents - two person tents without any ablutions. The camp itself has one chemical toilet, and a bush shower. One does not venture out of the tent once the fires are out, and an emergency pot is provided - in case.

The food was really good, better than many proper 3 or 4 star lodges we stayed at. The advantage of staying in the Chobe National Park is that one gets to spend just that little bit more time both evening and morning in the reserve.

On arrival we were given a river cruise, which was really wonderful, seeing not just elephant, hippo and crocodiles, but seeing some interactions too. The pity of the game park however is that there are a large number of vehicles in it, and on one lion chase, I counted 17 vehicles. That of course is the problem with public parks.

However one truly has to see Chobe, as the landscape with the river is truly one of those images that will stay with you all your life.

We thoroughly enjoyed our two days of basic camping, but were glad the rest of our trip offered more amenities.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2015
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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Address: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
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Ranked #14 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Number of rooms: 6

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