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andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

It was my idea to spend one of our three lodge/camp visits in Botswana and Zambia "under canvas" but my first thought after driving up to five tents plopped in the middle of blazing hot sand and leafless trees was, "Oh $%@#! What have I done?"

I should have had no cause for concern - this place turned out to be the highlight of our trip. After staying at high-end lodges on a previous visits to South Africa and then Baines Camp and Savute Safari Lodge in Botswana, I felt that our three nights at Chobe Under Canvas allowed us to experience the true essence of the African bush and - aside from the en suite, flushing toilet :) - took us to another era. Think Hemingway's travels to Africa.

As other reviewers have said, this is a small mobile camp that moves every week - but not while the guests are in residence. The tents are surprisingly large with big comfortable beds, sisal carpets, toilets, bag showers, battery powered lanterns, hanging shelves to unpack and cotton bathrobes. All meals are cooked in a large tent and at night food is packed away in a truck to not attract animals. (We did have a honey badger banging pots and pans one night though - and elephants munched on nearby trees another night.) The food is surprisingly good - including fresh vegetables, baked goods - and plentiful. Same with the wine/beer/liquor/juices/water/soda. Meals are served under a large, billowy tent in the center of camp and at night a boma fire and lanterns make the camp glow at night.

The highlight of Chobe Under Canvas though is the team and their effort to make this remote bush camp effortlessly luxurious and civilized. The tents are cleaned, carpets swept and beds are made everyday and turn down service happens every night. They'll even help you get rid of a few millipedes if that's not your thing.

The game viewing in this part of Chobe National Park is also spectacular - and because the camp is actually situated in the park, the guides can get you out and spotting animals at the crack of dawn instead of needing to drive 45 minutes or so into the park. They have the same restrictions in this part of the park like staying on road and being back at camp by 7 pm (at the time of the year we were there) but this did not impede our game viewing in the least.

Our guide, Meier also seemed to be the first to spot "the good stuff" before other jeeps arrived and appreciated our desire to stay away from any sightings with a ton of people. (That is one drawback to the area is that it can be crowded - but the game viewing is so diverse and the landscape including the Chobe River is beautiful so I can understand why it's popular.) &Beyond also has a boat so one afternoon/early evening was spent on the Chobe River where we saw hippos - out of the water - and elephants, crocodile, lizards, countless birds, buffalo, giraffe, impala, zebra. Great pics!

Nice touch: the team met us in the middle of our last game drive to make us a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, beans over an open fire as we watched elephants, zebra, impala, buffalo graze on the banks of the Chobe River.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

This was our third "And Beyond" travel destinations in Botswana, and the only one which wasn't a lodge. Chobe under Canvas is a small mobile camp site that by law must be moved every five days. Despite the frequent requirement to change location, this is not a "roughing it " kind of camp. While you do sleep in a canvas tent, you sleep in a king sized bed under comfortable blankets, have electric lights (powered off a car battery), a flush toilet and hot showers on request (the staff heats the water for you and has it ready after the evening game drive). The floor is carpeted and the tent is kept very clean. The food, while more limited because of the lack of refrigeration, is very tasty and served in generous quantities. The staff is kind and looked after us well.

The gem of Chobe are the many animals you'll see while visiting here. As this is an unfenced site, you might even see elephants pass close to your campsite, as we did, or who knows what else? It was a wonderful experience. I'd certainly go again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank drfumblefinger
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

'Chobe under canvas' was our first stop in Botswana. We stayed here for three successive nights and we will keep this in our hearts forever. Sleeping in a ' tent' which was very luxury, means you are always right in the middle of where the action takes place. Especially at night, where you better forget to have a stroll just by yourself :-) Sitting around the campfire at night, sipping a chilled Chardonnay where you and other guests (5 tents max) share 'war stories', have proven to be such wonderful moments. What an experience it was.

Although the entire crew pampered us in many ways, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our great guide Disho, who put up so much effort to show us all we wanted to see. Last but not least a special thanks to Aaron and Jameson, which were always there to pamper us when we got back from the game drives.

And the game drives we did in Chobe were simply incredible. Two eyes just ain't enough to see all the action. Thank you @ Beyond for this unforgettable experience!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
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Ranked #9 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: £126 - £1,343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At andBeyond Chobe Under Canvas, mobile safari tents with ensuite bathrooms (with flush toilet and steaming hot bucket shower) are positioned at secluded sites in the game-rich wilderness of Chobe National Park. One of the top wilderness areas in the world, Chobe is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephant on the African continent. ... more   less 

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