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Embark on an unforgettable wildlife journey in Chobe National Park, one of the largest concentrations of game in Botswana, Africa. By size, it is the third largest park in the country, after the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the Gemsbok National Park, and is the most biologically diverse. It is also Botswana's first national park.
You will be camping in the Chobe National Park in exclusive wilderness sites at Hospitality & Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) or Botswana Guides Association (BOGA) campsites, with no other campers nearby. If the sites are fully booked you will use the public site at Ihaha camp sites although this very rarely happens.
At 08:30 guests are met at Kazungula by their guide and escorted through immigration formalities. A short briefing will follow on some pertinent facts such as safety and on some regional information.
At 09:30 guests board the boat and commence a three hour boat cruise into the Chobe National Park. The river cruise is considered one of the highlights of the trip, as one gets the opportunity to get close to fantastic birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and of course scores of elephant and Cape buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst.
The boat cruise ends at the Coffee Buzz restaurant at 12:30. There is an opportunity to do last minute shopping in Kasane, as there are no shops within the park. After that, guests depart on an afternoon game drive - this being the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink.
Arrive in camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the campfire and dinner under the stars.
Guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “dumela” (good day). After a quick cup of tea or coffee and a light continental breakfast vehicles head off on an early morning game drive. This time of day is best for finding the big cats or the rare wild dogs as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good. Around mid to late morning guests return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and a siesta getting an opportunity to read rest or take a refreshing shower.
When the day starts to cool off another afternoon game drive follows afternoon tea, and good sightings are revisited or areas as yet unexplored are visited. Chobe National Park has a wide variety of game - the cats and large herbivores such as elephant and buffalo being a highlight, but rarer game such as puku, eland, sable, and roan antelope along with many more common antelope can be viewed here. Return to camp after sunset for a reflective fireside chat. Dinner follows, as always accompanied by the unforgettable sounds of the African night.
Guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “dumela” (good day). After a quick cup of tea or coffee and some cereal you head off on an early morning game drive. This time of day is best for finding the big cats as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good.
Around mid to late morning guests return to camp for a delicious “bush brunch” and an opportunity to take a refreshing shower. After packing up, you then leave the camp on your last activity which is usually another boat cruise, to be dropped off in Kasane / Kazungula at 16:30.
Chobe National Park lies nestled in Botswana's Northeast corner and it is neighboured by three other African countries - Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia.The park is home to world's largest elephant population, scores of other large herbivores, amazing birdlife, and Africa's largest predators: lions, leopards, and wild dogs. Kasane is the most northern town of Botswana and the gateway to Chobe National Park and one of the seventh natural wonders of the world - the spectacular Victoria Falls. With regular flights to the falls and Kasane, the Chobe National Park is easily accessible. Road transfers can easily be arranged from Livingstone and Victoria Falls.
During the safari tour, you have included in the price two breakfasts, one lunch, two brunches, and two dinners. Dinner is a two course meal and consists of hearty "bush cuisine" cooked on open fires.
Please book your flights to Kasane Airport (BBK). You can take taxi from Kasane Airport (BBK) to Kazungula. You'll be met at Kazungula by Kalahari Tours guide and are escorted through custom formalities.
"First of all: Chobe is an amazing and wonderful place to visit. It is exceptionally beautiful and we were lucky to see the Chobe river at its highest point in 50 year, leading to spectacular sightings. We (group of four) were transported from and back to our hotel in Livingstone with no extra costs and there was visa assistance. This all went super professional and smooth. Our 2 day-3 day trip included two boat-safari and the rest was done by 4X4. The organisation was flawless and the personel was great. We bush camped in an amazing spot deep in the park and the staff made us fantastic food! We had the privilige to be guided by Robsson, the most professional guide I've ever encountered (I've been to 9 African countries and had over 20 guided drives). He's very knowledgable and professional and also has a fantastic personality. We quickly became friends and would like to book again next year. This is a great tour and at an extremely low price, especially for Botswana standards. Highly, highly recommended!"
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"Very good guides for both trips who are helpful & knowledgeable. Even helped with arranging a helicopter flight over the falls. Would recommend"
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"I did the one day one night safari to Chobe national park in Botswana. All transportation was arranged to and from our hostel. Food was provided and was delicious. Vegan and gluten free options provided upon request. The safari itself was unreal. We were in safari jeeps in sandy terrain. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to tell him what animals we wanted to see and he did his best to accommodate to our wants. Our camp was spectacular with a fire pit, chairs, tents, sleeping matts, pillows, and comforters provided. Bring a flashlight or headlamp.. it gets dark quickly. Pit toilets with privacy and tp were there. We saw elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, lions, giraffes, and many more. Our guides were safety conscious and professional. Things I found most useful to bring: Headlamp, sunscreen, snacks, binoculars, camera, portable USB battery charger, sunglasses, baby wipes."
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"Me and my friends had a day trip through Chobe river and through the Chobe National park. Our first guide, the Capitan, and the second one, Isaac, managed to show us a lot of different animals explaining us everything about their habits. Amani ngo group P. S. Isaac your car was very clean! "
"Completed the 2 day Chobe overnight safari. The park was amazing, but the driver needed too slow down. Most of the park animals are easy to spot except for the lions. Guides from different companies text each other when they have a possible sighting and that's when my driver would take off like a race car driver across the park on bumpy, dirt roads. The passengers in the jeep were bounced every which way and a mother up front had to keep checking on her small daughter seated in the back to make sure her seat belt was secured. Visited August 2016."
"Thank you Kalahari Tours for fantastic service. Lerato and the rest of the admin staff will walk the extra mile for the tourist. Richard is also a fantastic boat cruise guide, friendly, knowledgable and shown a lot of respect to nature. I loved his sense humor. Kalahari Tours is a helpful organisation for any tourist to add value to their stay in Kasane. "
"On our third trip to Africa, after previous trips spending days on safari in Kreuger, Kalahari tours gave us the best adventure. We went in May after breakfast on the recommendation of Lorrie, our B&B host in Zimbabwe. We were able to see many large animals and gorgeous birds but our guide, very experienced, named LANCE, noticed odd behavior in a group of giraffes. So, we looked further and he skillfully found and followed a pride of 5 lions including one male. This was amazing! So close and he kept us safe. Then, on the way back, Lance saw another vehicle stopped on the side of the road so we stopped and were able to see 2 venomous gigantic snakes. So, besides seeing the usual elephants we were able to get close to lions and snakes! Our trip in Chobe was fabulous thanks to Lorrie and Lance.There were 6 in our vehicle. Plenty of room. Visited May 2016"