Rating: Mid-range Price from: £220 - £320 pp full board
Elephant Valley Lodge is a luxury en-suite tented lodge in the Lesoma Valley within the Kasane Forest Reserve, which borders Chobe National Park.
There are 20 luxury tents, all with en-suite shower and toilet. The main bar and dining complex overlooks a waterhole which offers 24 hour game viewing. The waterhole attracts a surprising amount of game including elephants. The camp is fenced because of the number of elephants that walk through here.
The tents are in two different areas – some are in the valley near the waterhole, and others are known as the ‘forest’ tents and are close to the good-sized swimming pool.
The activities offered include game drives in the Chobe National Park and evening boat cruises on the Chobe River. Night drives and guided walks are also available in the Kasane Forest area.
This is a good quality, good value lodge which, whilst not actually in Chobe, is close enough to be a good base for this reserve, yet which has a tranquil position in the forest.
Open: All year.
Location: The lodge is located between Chobe National Park and the Matetsi wildlife conservancy, within Kasane Forest Reserve. Elephant Valley Lodge is about a 40 minute drive from the entrance to Chobe National Park, through Kasane Forest Reserve.
Rooms: 20 meru-style tents (12 forest tents and 8 valley tents) with en-suite shower and toilet, tea and coffee making facilities, mini safe and fan. All tents have a covered deck.
Activities: Morning boat cruises on the Chobe River and afternoon safaris into Chobe National Park and Kasane Forest Reserve, with sundowners. There is a game viewing hide at the waterhole. Bird watching is popular here.
Facilities: There is a central thatched lounge and bar area and a gift shop. The lodge has indoor and outdoor dining areas plus a bush dinner venue. There is a swimming pool and a lovely lawns leading down to the waterhole.
Dining: Meals are served buffet style and are eaten at individual tables.
Children: The camp accepts children over the age of 2, however those under 6 are not allowed on safari and those between the ages of 7 and 11 are allowed on safari at the sole discretion of the lodge manager or guide.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Internet access is available at the main lodge. The area has variable mobile reception. The lodge’s telephone can be used by guests (pay locally). Note: Elephant Valley Lodge is fenced, to deter the many elephants that move through the area.
"Lovely view of the waterhole from our tent. Wa great to watch all the animals coming down to the waterhole form the hide also. Was lovely going on the boat on the Chobe river and seeing all the elephants in the water"