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Reviewed 12 June 2016

I am an experienced in African Safari travel and have travelled extensively in Africia over the last 30 years or so. On this trip I travelled with my son aged 24 and stayed at Chobe under Canvas for two nights as part of a 8 day explorer Safari with &beyond. We were met at Kasane airport by the &beyond team and their guide Morgan stayed with us throughout the trip. At Kasane we also joined up with two other couples for this trip; after which we travelled by road to the camp site in Chobe National Park. There were only 3 tents at all of the sites we stayed which, made the trip personal. The accommodation is in expedition style Dome tents which have a spacious and comfortable bedroom, outside washing facilities with a bucket shower arrangement. All tents have a separate toilet tent located behind the washing facilities. Food was excellent with 3 course evening meals, excellent breakfasts and lunches all prepared over open fires. The camp is situation inside the National Park as such the wildlife is free to roam through or near to the camp. On our first night we experienced Giraffes, Baboons through the camp and could hear the lions and hyenas roaring. We saw a good selection of animals during our two days in camp including Lions, Honey Badgers and Puku.

Room tip: All tents offer views out into the Savanna or bush and line up in front of the dinning facility.
Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank ahtrains
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Reviewed 9 June 2016

We absolutely loved our stay at 'Chobe under Canvas'. What a wonderful way to get a 'real' feel for Botswana, without any major compromise regarding comfort.
The & Beyond Tents were super, our beds the most comfortable ever, real duvets, and the shower( a bucket shower) was more than adequate. The atmosphere in this camp(around the camp fire) is second to none. The staff are just fantastic.
Cannot wait to go back!

Room tip: All tents are great
Date of stay: May 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Carla M
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

I have never been a fan of camping but I must say that I became used to this form of glamping within a couple of hours of arriving at camp.

Having read some of the reviews for this place, it would definitely be unfair to compare this with other & Beyond lodges in Africa and South Asia. We must understand that when we are camped in the middle of a national park, there are certain limitations that they will be unable to get around.

The tent had a decent bed, a fully functional toilet, a makeshift shower with suspended bucket set-up and a simple cleaning area.

Make sure you zip up the tent as soon as come and go and spray the "room" with insect disinfectant unless you would like those creepy crawlies everywhere! Keep in mind that snakes also roam the area!!

Thank you to Blue and his staff for making us feel safe and content with residing inside a national park! By seeing our clothes on the clothesline and preparing everything on an open fire pit, we knew that we had to forgo Western comforts for the next three days. At first, I thought it would be a real problem but we got into our routine as soon as we finished our first lunch at the campsite.

A huge thanks to Max (ranger) as well for making the most of our game drives! He actually managed to show us all of the animals found in the park and to a degree that far surpassed what we found at Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa! Besides his wonderful tracking skills, he was also a very sincere and considerate individual and treated my family with respect and dignity.

Furthermore, unlike other & Beyond locations, food options are very limited but the staff prepares very simple dishes that anyone would enjoy no matter your dietary restrictions or concerns. On our last day at the camp, the cook prepared us a full English breakfast with all of the trimmings. Because they were so observant during our entire stay, they noticed that my mom did not touch the lamb stew and steak options during dinners on two separate nights, so they grilled some chicken for her to replace the sausage for her English breakfast platter. Although everything is quite limited at camp, the staff did not cut corners or use substandard products to diminish the overall camping experience.

I'm not sure if camping at a national park will make another appearance in my future, but I can happily report that & Beyond Chobe Under Canvas has made me a fan of camping, something that would have been considered a tall order a couple of months ago!

Room tip: Choose a room closest to the dining tent
Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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3  Thank andrewchengdc
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Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

We love the andBeyond offering and have been to a few of their lodges. This was our first time time at an "under canvas" camp. Such a pleasure that Chobe is so easily accessible from Kasane airport and that you don't have to endure a "small" plane to get there!

The tents are spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. The food is really good when you consider that everything is cooked over a fire (even teatime cakes), but it is definitely not as lavish as at other andBeyond lodges - after all, there is no electricity and life is somewhat more simple and practical at a mobile camp site. The service is great and not fussy at all. There is a very relaxed atmosphere and the guests are generally either bush enthusiasts or those looking for an authentic experience.

April is not as busy in Chobe as the drier months. The weather was also relatively temperate - not too cold or too hot to sleep at night, and in the 30s Celsius at the hottest time of day. But the game was exceptional and the river in flood. Our ranger, Max, had such a good feel for the bush, and got us up-close-and-personal despite not being allowed to drive off-road. The quality of sightings and activity near the river in the east of the reserve almost doesn't require off-road access. The photographic boat trip was an absolute highlight for us.

The only downside of being on a camp site is that it is not as private or romantic as some of andBeyond's other offerings, and it can be uncomfortably hot in the tent for an afternoon nap. But I was willing to pay that price for the exceptional, authentic yet comfortable experience, and to be within a very special park. Looking forward to a return visit!

Date of stay: April 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank JodiAnne1
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

Chobe is a beautiful game reserve. It is nestled on the Chobe river just across the way from the Caprivi strip and Namibia. The actual camp is very pretty! It is in the middle of the bush and you stay in the most stylish tents I have ever seen! There is a main dining area and a constant camp fire. The game viewing is absolutely amazing. There is wonderful bird life and more elephants than anywhere else! The staff are beyond incredible and are headed up by the amazing Robson. Overall it is a must do for anybody on earth!!

Date of stay: March 2015
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Thank Bloodhound112
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