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Chobe Under Canvas

Chobe & the North

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Chobe Under Canvas overview

Chobe Under Canvas lets you experience the African bush at first hand. The sounds of wildlife permeate your tent as you awake each morning and again as you fall asleep at night. From dawn to dusk you're immersed in nature. With just five tents you'll soon get to know your fellow guests as well as the staff and your guide. Spend days out on game drives in search of Chobe's famous elephant herds and other wildlife, and enjoy boat cruises which allow you to witness animals and birds at close proximity.

The camp is a mobile one and usually changes its location every five to six days, switching between different private campsites in the Chobe Riverfont area. All sites offer seclusion and are unfenced and it's not unusual to see the tracks of animals around camp when you rise in the morning. Tents are roomy, with full size beds, gauze windows and en suite facilities consisitng of a flush toilet, water and a bowl for washing and a bucket shower with hot water provided on request. You also have a small shaded veranda where you can rest between safaris.

Staff are friendly and professional. You'll be amazed at the standards of food the chef creates, from the full spread of breakfast complete with omelettes and freshly baked bread, to a hearty and declicious dinner cooked over the open fire. The camp has a communal tent where meals and drinks are served and a sitting area with a collection of reference books. Evenings conclude by the fire as you sip a nightcap, relive the day's highlights and anticipate the thrills to come tomorrow.         


Open: Chobe Under Canvas is open all year.

Location: This mobile, fully serviced camp switches between various private campsites in the Chobe Riverfront area of Chobe National Park, moving roughly every 5 to 6 days. The camp is about a 90 minute drive from Kasane, though this varies according to its precise location.

Rooms: There are 5 sturdy canvas, walk-in safari tents. The front of the tent rolls up to reveal a gauze net that can be unzipped in the centre and 2 flaps secured back allowing direct access to the shaded veranda with its 2 safari chairs. There are mesh windows on both side of the tent, a comfy bed, and an en-suite bathroom with jugs of water and a bowl for washing, a flush toilet and a bucket shower for which staff bring hot water. Bedding and towels are provided.

Activities: Generally you’ll have a game drive around dawn each day, returning to the camp for breakfast and time to relax or catch up on some sleep. Later in the afternoon, after tea, you’ll head out again in the 4x4 or maybe by boat on the Chobe River, with a stop for sundowners and snacks, reaching the camp just after dusk.

Facilities: There’s a mess tent where meals are served, though many are eaten out in the open, and where you can relax out of the heat of the sun in the middle of the day. There is a selection of drinks here, and some reference books. After dark the camp fire becomes the focal point, first as dinner is cooked, then eaten and later as post-dinner drinks are enjoyed. 

Dining: Meals are eaten communally in the mess tent or outdoors in the open.

Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome. Tents cannot sleep 3, so children will not be able to share a tent with both parents. Camp sites are unfenced and it is imperative that children are kept under close supervision at all times.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is no internet access. The camp manager communicates with head office in Kasane by radio and mobile phone, signal permitting.

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