Chobe Elephant Camp is high on a ridge above the Chobe River and floodplains. It's just 5kms from the western entrance to the national park, so is an ideal base for safaris. The chunky wooden furniture, exposed beams, polished floors and warm colour tones combine to create a welcoming and homely atmosphere.
There are 10 chalets plus a larger, family cottage, giving the camp a maximum capacity of 24 guests. All have private bathrooms plus outdoor showers. Each chalet has its own deck area, perfect for quiet moments, taking in views of the plains and river.
The main part of the camp is open plan. Here you'll find several sofas, the bar, a cosy library and the dining area. These lead out to a large viewing deck overlooking a waterhole. The swimming pool comes into its own in the heat of the day.
From the lodge you can take game drive in Chobe National Park, famous for its large elephant herds but also home to buffalo, zebra, giraffe and a number of predators including lion, leopard, hyaena and wild dog. It's also prime bird watching territory, with over 300 species having been recorded. You'll also have opportunities to go on boat safaris, explore nature up close on a guided walk and visit the local village to learn about the daily lives of the Sibuya people.
The lodge has been designed and built following strict eco-friendly principles, minimising its carbon footprint, using reclaimed wood for construction, sandbags for insulation and solar power to heat water and provide electricity.
Open: Chobe Elephant Camp is open all year.
Location: Chobe Elephant Camp is on a ridge looking down to the Chobe River, 8kms from the Ngoma Gate of Chobe National Park. The nearest airport is Kasane, a 40 minute drive away, and camp can arrange return airport transfers.
Rooms: There are 10 chalets and a family unit made up of 2 chalets and a shared lounge. These provide self-contained accommodation, each with an en-suite bathroom, an additional outdoor shower and a private veranda. Fans keep the interiors cool and there are battery charging facilities. The camp accommodates a maximum of 24 guests at any one time.
Activities: Game drives in Chobe National Park in open safari vehicles, boat rides on the Chobe River, guided bush walks in the forest reserve and village visits are all available.
Facilities: The communal area is a large open plan room with lounge and dining areas, a library and a bar. These all look out onto the floodplains and river. There’s a swimming pool and a deck with views of a waterhole, the perfect place to sit and sip a sundowner.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables or with other guests, as preferred. Most meals are served buffet style.
Children: Children from the age of 2 years are welcome, though minimum ages apply to activities.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access but there is a mobile signal.
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"Again lovely staff and it was nice that the guides joined us for meals. The chalets were simple and we loved the outdoor showers. There were lots of touches in the rooms we liked, such as the bead rings on the taps to show hot and cold water. The pool area was beautiful, though we didn't get much time to spend there!"
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