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Chobe Elephant Camp
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This relatively new camp (opened Sep. 2013) in Chobe offers you nice accommodation for game drives in the Chobe NP. The camp is located 6 km from the gate to Chobe NP. You stay in small houses that are spread out on the ground so you will not hear your neighbor coughing. The houses are not very spacious but they provide you with what you need. The beds are comfortable, there are both an inside and outside shower and a lovely terrace with a magnificent view over the Chobe River. They offer you great game drives in the beautiful and wild Chobe NP, and our guide Joel did a very good job showing us a lot of animals in the park. There are lots of elephants, buffalos, zebras etc. Unfortunately we were not lucky to see the lion, but we were told that Chobe is a good place to see lions when you visit Botswana. We visited the nearby Mabele village on a day that had a wedding. Joel made it possible for us to join the local people at the wedding and it was a great experience to see how weddings are celebrated in Botswana. One day we went on a cruise on the Chobe River and we had a lovely view of swimming elephants, hippos and crocodiles. There are lots of beautiful birds in the area. The staff is friendly and they do their utmost to make your visit unforgettable. The food and service is very good and if you are lucky, the staff will sing some African songs after dinner. We highly recommend this camp.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Our guide picked us up from the airport and took us into the national park for game viewing on our way to the lodge. The multitude of animals we saw was one of the highlights of our trip and provided an excellent introduction to the special nature of Chobe Elephant Camp. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by the property's excellent manager, JayJay who made sure our accommodations were sufficient and checked in with us throughout the stay. We had wonderful dinners each night and getting to eat with and talk with our guide, Gabriel, allowed us to ask questions about all that we had seen during the game drives. Gabriel was able to spot even a 6 inch owl at dusk and he took good care of us each day. We loved the pre-dinner campfires and watching the sun set over the river on the horizon. We highly recommend this place and believe that others will love it too!

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

This place is new. The rooms were nicely insulated (during Winter) due to the use of sand bags in the building. The layout is of huts/lodges around the property, which is quite spread out. Our hut had wonderful views of the river and we could sit up in bed and watch the sunrise! The staff were mostly friendly, and sometimes made a good effort to meet out special eating needs. We met one of the owners who is quite nice albeit often distracted as he seems to be juggling many things in the running of the place. Common areas are comfortable. Seating is arranged by guide; I thought it might be nice to mix it up sometimes. I never quite figured out the food schedule here as full day trips with portable lunches are quite common. The packed lunch included a nice variety of food. The place still feels new, like it needs a little polish around the edges, but overall it's a nice base for exploring Chobe National Park.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank Drpresident
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

This was the final stop in our 12 day safari and I thought it was a great end to the safari. Chobe National Park is amazing with its grounds teeming with wildlife, especially by the river front, which is where most game drives are done. I had the misconception that the game density would be better within the interior of the park, but of course in the dry season when the waterholes have dried up, the best place to head would be the river front. Amidst the safari fatigue, we were still treated to a plethora of leopard sightings, and loads of big game. OT was our guide for the first two days, and Gabriel took us on the last day, and the team was very professional, which is helpful especially since there are many self drivers within Chobe and the situation can get quite hectic especially with the manoeuvres near the river bank where the ground is not firm.

There is an option to do a river cruise, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience getting up close to the elephants and buffaloes in the water.

Accommodation is simple and comfortable, with cemented walls that means that the sleeping quarters were a lot better insulated against the heat and the cold. The swimming deck has a spectacular view, and on one evening there was a herd of elephants that passed just below the deck. Chobe national park, like all the parks in Botswana, is not fenced which offered lion sightings not too far from the camp outwith the boundaries of the park.

The hospitality is great, and the staff very attentive, and the lounge space large enough for us to have our own privacy. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Beautiful setting. Like new - it only opened a few months ago. A few minutes drive to the gates of Chobe park. Excellent staff - J.J. runs a great camp. Food was excellent. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. Our guide, Mike was great. Chobe is infested with wide diversity of wildlife. Great service. Evening campfires/drinks were most enjoyable. If you are going to Chobe I would highly recommend this as a place to put your feet up at night.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

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.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

What a beautiful little gem of a place. Simple - but clean, beautiful, restful and wonderful staff. We were welcomed with singing and made to feel so welcome. One had to be happy and content. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff here. Mwalie was outstanding. Professional and wonderful. Chimney was also very professional. The only down side here was that the day we went out was far too long. In hindsight it would have been better to book an extra night so that one could really enjoy the camp and not be on the go so much and for so long in one go. The good was of a very good standard and they catered very well for the vegetarian in our group. The beds were comfortable and we had really good sleeps the two nights that we spent here. Our guides were very patient, but knowledgable and helpful. We would highly recommend this place to anyone travelling and needing a real treat of a place.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Kachikau, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: £488 - £746 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Chobe Elephant Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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 

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