Chobe Elephant Camp, Chobe Nat’l Park, Botswana

The compound is set on a ridge overlooking the river valley. The open air common rooms and pool area as well as the cabins all have the same great sunset view.

The rooms, individual stucco cabins, are smaller than the higher priced Kwando tented camps, but comfortable. The front porch faces the sunset. Basic bathroom including an indoor and outdoor shower, solar powered hot water, safe, laundry service and mosquito netting over the bed. Only one outlet in the room.

Breakfast – Rather than the quick cold breakfast before the morning drive served at other camps, they serve a full buffet at 6AM with hot and cold items available – eggs, bacon, porridge, fruit, cheese, yogurt, toast, etc.

The first evening we dined with the other guests and camp management at a large table in the open air dining room. We enjoyed meeting the other guests and swapping stories. Dinner was buffet style – lamb tagine with couscous, sweet potato, baby patty pan, veg bean casserole, Ginger cake with cream for dessert. Everything was well prepared and tasty.

The second evening they set up tables for the 3 individuals groups under the stars around the fire. No management was present. The buffet dinner included – roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, peas, veg paella with a curry carrot soup to start, excellent with a bit of heat. White wine poached pears with chocolate sauce for dessert.

With a late arrival on our first night, a packed second day and a fairly early departure on the following morning we did not have much time to just hang out at the camp.

The common areas and bar, however, were comfortable and nicely appointed and the staff friendly.

The one negative was a power surge during the night that fried the power supply to my computer, which turned out to be irreplaceable in southern Africa, including Johannesburg.

August 30 – September 1, 2016

For links to all the posts in this series see the Botswana/Zimbabwe page.