Houseboat Sunset Chobe
Up close mammal, reptile and bird viewing by boat within a tranquil and exceptionally special wildlife environment of quiet lagoons and papyrus fringed islands.
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR
Most months but best in the cool winter from May to September when herd of elephant and buffalo come down to drink. Birding is exceptional with many of the larger storks, eagles, herons in constant attendance. African Skimmer and Rock Pratincole favour the drier months when the sandbanks and rocky outcrops on which they breed are exposed by receding water levels.
Two prime options exist in the form of a lodge on Impalila Island and a limited number of luxury houseboats holding special concessions to operate within the Chobe National Park. Rates vary according to time of year from highly affordable to expensive. Given the quality of the experience and the all found hospitality approach, embracing the daily rate and river related activities; the experience represents excellent value for money.
Flying in via Victoria Falls or Livingstone and taking a transfer to the Botswana border or flying directly from Johannesburg to Kasane in Northern Botswana is the only practical way to go. A ‘meet & greet’ service is now established practice. Transfers are by boat to either the island lodge or one of the houseboats on the Chobe river.
THINGS TO DO
Game viewing with elephants as the main focus of attention as they come down to bathe and drink.
Close up views of hippo, crocodile and monitor lizards on the many sandbanks.
Birding is exceptional with a number of highly localised and specialist species occurring within the labyrinth of channels and lagoons.
‘Catch & release’ tiger fish and bream fishing under expert guidance.
Photography in its many forms as the day and wildlife mix of interest dictates.
Lazing alongside the pool and enjoying the surrounding ambiance in a state of perfect relaxation.
WHERE TO STAY
Two nights at the island lodge and three aboard the houseboat make for an excellent combination, providing time sufficient to do justice to what’s on offer within this unique environment.