The Lodging: There was a cold snap while we were in Chobe and so I was grateful for the fully enclosed room. But there were a lot of windows and a fan and so I think it would also be quite comfortable when it it's hot. Otherwise the room was spacious and comfortable. The rooms are quite spread out but it's to ensure a great view of the Chobe river for each room.
Hospitality and food: I found the staff to be a bit formal--formal dinner announcement and all that. I don't really need that but perhaps some visitors like it. But they were also friendly and helpful-- very good service. The food was very good and we had a nice variety. The common area was very nice and the views were great.
The Location: There is a reason why everyone goes to Chobe---our wildlife viewing there was fantastic. It's always a combo of luck and a good guide and fortunately we had both. (2 leopards and wild dogs!). The full-day option was nice since it's a mix of game drive and boat ride. The boat ride offered a respite from the jeep and also offered a great alternative view to the wildlife eating and drinking at the river. The schedule didn't give us a ton of time to relax and enjoy the pool, so I'd recommend a third night to anyone interested in staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the newly developed Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains while offering a comfortable refuge from the harsh African conditions. Built from the same red Kalahari sands that dominate the northern part of Botswana, this eco-friendly lodge is ideally positioned to take advantage of everything this incredible destination has to offer. Be it the spectacular wildlife that the Chobe River is famous for, or the opportunity to interact with the local Sibuya Tribe who live within this wildlife haven, Chobe Elephant Camp offers its guest a true African adventure. Based in the semi-arid bush of Africa there is always the challenge of extreme temperature variations and how to combat this. The solution came in one of earths' great insulators - the sand. The lodge has been entirely constructed from sandbags, the thick sand-filled walls create a natural insulating barrier between the inhabitants and the harsh African climate and enhance the old farm-style feel of the camp. With a variety of activities that include viewing the regions spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, by boat on the Chobe River, along with excursions to the nearby village to get introduced to the local culture, a visit to Chobe Elephant Camp offers a wide range of experiences to our guests. Accessible by air via Kasane Airport, Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airports or by road from Savuti, Caprivi or Kasane the lodge is ideally positioned to fit into most safari itineraries. ... more less