Botswana's Chobe National Park is home to some of the largest elephant families in Africa, and we’ve discovered the best way to feel like you’re almost part of the herd — a safari with Chobe Under Canvas. If you've never fancied camping, a few nights’ stay in one of their super-spacious and luxurious tents will be sure to convert you.
Each comes with all the mod cons you could ever want and need on a safari: a private space to come home to every night with full turn down service every night. There’s a comfy double bed, linen, fresh towels an en-suite bathroom with hot shower and a private veranda for sundowners.
Authentic, easy and comfortable and we haven’t even mentioned the best part… What makes Chobe Under Canvas so unique is that it’s a mobile camping in Chobe National Park experience, where the campsite location changes ever 5-6 nights with the help of a dedicated team. There’s no better way to feel like you’re moving right alongside nature, especially being so close to the Chobe River too.
There’s little that compares with the experience of falling asleep to the nocturnal sounds of the bush, with lions roaring into the night. And the perks don’t stop there. Staying inside the park gets you access to the animals well before dawn and until after dark, so prepare yourself for incredible up-close game-viewing on 4x4 game drives, and boat safaris along the river.
The guides have excellent knowledge of the area and its animals and birds, and you’ll be sure to come across more than a few species of antelope (red lechwe, puku, bushbusk), zebra, and buffalo, along with predators such as lion, African wild dog, crocodile, cheetah, leopard and spotted hyaena never too far behind. During the rainy season, birdwatching is exceptionally good, seeing many migrants arriving in their thousands, upping the local birdlist to around 500 species.
At Chobe Under Canvas, you’ll find yourself tucked up each night under a specially designed mosquito-proof tent. Each comes well-equipped with a covered veranda leading in to your room with a comfortable double bed complete with comfy linen, fresh towels, and ample seating space. There’s also an en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet and hot water.
One of our favourite characteristics of this mobile camping in Chobe National Park accommodation is the shower, prepared using a bucket;a nostalgic nod to camping and keeping it simple (and effective). There are electric outlets available in each row of the safari vehicles, but you won’t find any Wi-Fi, or air-conditioning — just absolute comfort and authenticity, out in the heart of the Chobe.
Embark on the Pangolin photographic safari boat, especially tailored for both photography enthusiasts and the amateur wildlife admirer. The boat is custom-built and equipped with a 360 degree rotating chairs and state of the art cameras for every passenger.
A professional photographer and will also accompany guests on board to provide budding shutterbugs with practical advice on how to capture that perfect shot during their time on the cruise, as well providing interesting facts about the animals they zoom in on.