January 17, 2018

Waterlilies, a plant steeped in history and tradition

Filed under: General News — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 1:05 pm

In 2017, through our corporate social responsibility scheme, Desert & Delta Safaris has been financially supporting the Peter Smith University of Botswana (PSUB) herbarium. PSUB is making their collection of preserved plants useful and accessible to a wider public, including those who plan for and manage the future of the Okavango delta.

The legacy collection of specimens of the flora of the Okavango delta in northern Botswana housed at PSUB are gradually being prepared for digital scanning so that the digital image can be used to enter data into the BRAHMS database that is specifically designed for herbarium management. PSUB’s work focus this year has been on the personal collection of Mr. Peter Alexander Smith who spent more than thirty years living and working in Ngamiland. His collection of specimens dates back to the early 1970s, having digital images of them will remove the need to handle the actual specimens.

As part of their studies, the team at PSUB write monthly articles on their studies in the Okavango Delta. Last month Mr. Mmusi Mmusi, one of the PSUB Herbarium Assistants sent us his article on the waterlilies of the Okavango Delta. If you are as passionate about plants and nature as we are you will find this fascinating. Happy reading! 

This month we look at one of the indigenous waterlilies found in the Okavango delta. Its full scientific name is Nymphaea nouchali Burm. f. var. caerulea (Sav.) Verdc. and belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae. Its common names are, in English blue water lily or blue lotus, sometimes also called frog’s pulpit, in Afrikaans it is knowns as blouwaterlelie or kaaimanblom or paddapreekstoel. In SeYei, a tribe of people native to the Okavango delta region, the fruits are called makungara. In Setswana the plant and its edible rhizome is called tswii.

Waterlilies in the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Older flowers fade from blue to white. Photo credit Mr. Mmusi Mmusi

The waterlilies family, Nymphaeaceae, is an old and evolutionarily primitive one. ‘Numphaios’ is ancient Greek and means sacred to the nymphs. A ‘nymph’, in Greek and Latin mythology, is a minor female nature deity and they were the crafters of nature’s wild beauty. The meaning of the specific epithet ‘nouchali’ has only been traced with the assistance of staff at Kew who reported, to the South African National Biodiversity Institute, that one of their specimens contains a note that Noakhali is a district in Bangladesh. ‘Caerulea’ is from Latin meaning blue and refers to the flower colour.  The genus Nymphaea consists of roughly 40 species found in tropical and temperate climates of both hemispheres. The family is full of synonymy, because different populations, or colour forms, have been described as separate species. These have since been sunk (combined back) into one species. In some cases the same plants have been described as different species by different botanists, or the name of one species has been misapplied to another species. It all gets rather confusing!

Waterlilies in the Okavango Delta

Nymphaea nouchali flowers
standing above the leaves. Photo credit Mr. Mmusi Mmusi

Commercially, there are many variants and hundreds of hybrids available, they come in all colours, shapes and sizes. This beautiful plant commonly seen on the slower flowing rivers of the Okavango delta and in the floodplains, is a rooted, perennial aquatic herb with a spongy tuberous rhizome anchored in the soil by spreading roots. The water lily does not have a true stem, the leaves are on long petioles (leaf stalks) that arise directly from the rhizome.

PSUB speciman

PSUB herbarium specimen
PAS1848 Nymphaea nouchali var.
caerulea. Image copyright PSUB

The leaves are large and flat, rounded or oval sometimes with notched margins, floating on water surfaces, up to 40 cm in diameter. The leaves are cleft, almost to the centre, where the petiole is attached. This cleft allows the leaf flexibility, allowing it to move with waves or under pressure from a bird’s foot and not be submerged or broken. The leaves are relatively short-lived and are replaced regularly throughout the growing season. They start out as a soft shiny green at the centre of the plant. As they age, the petiole lengthens, pushing the leaf towards the outer perimeter making room for the new growth, the leaves may develop light brown or purple splashes. One plant can spread over an area of about 1 metre.

The large flowers are blueish-white, fading to white as they mature. They are held above the water at the tip of the petiole and appear almost constantly from spring until the end of summer (September to February). They are bisexual, star-like and regular (actinomorphic), with 4 sepals, green on the outside and white to blue on the inside, and many blue petals. In the centre of the flower are numerous bright golden yellow stamens. The flowers open in early to mid-morning and close completely in late afternoon and stay closed all night. The opening and closing mechanism of the flowers is controlled by the sepals. If they are removed, the flower loses the ability to close. A fully open flower lasts for about four days. The flowers are sweetly fragrant and are visited constantly by bees who are the most likely pollinator.

The tubers, known as ‘tswii’, form part of the diet of the local people, they may be eaten raw or are more commonly boiled with either fish or beef. The tubers can be used for dyeing of palm leaves which are used to make baskets. The baskets from the Okavango delta region are valued craft items known globally for their complex beauty. The roots and stem are used as a diuretic, decoction of the flower is said to be narcotic and an aphrodisiac, the leaf is applied directly to the affected area to treat blisters. Pigmy geese, wattled cranes and some fish species feed on the tiny seeds inside the fruit. Honey bees and other insects utilize the nectar produced by the flower. The ripe fruit consists of many greyish-black seeds, these have been eaten by man and can be ground in to flour.

This article was written by Mr. Mmusi Mmusi PSUB Herbarium Assistant and edited by Mrs. Frances Murray-Hudson, PSUB Data Mobilzation Project Assistant PSUB Herbarium at the Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun. The image of specimen is © PSUB 2017 and the photographs ©Mmusi Mmusi 2017

For more information on the Peter Smith University of Botswana Herbarium (PSUB) visit http://www.orc.ub.bw/index.php/psub.


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November 9, 2017

Chobe Game Lodge wins Carbon Reduction Award at WTM London

Filed under: Chobe Game Lodge — Tags: , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 11:09 am

Chobe Game Lodge was once again firmly placed in the world sustainable tourism spotlight when it won the Best for Carbon Reduction Award at the 2017 Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM London. The award was in recognition for Chobe Game Lodge’s fleet of electric game drive vehicles and solar powered safari boats – a first of its kind in Africa.

WTM Responsible Tourism Awards Chobe Game Lodge

WTM Responsible Tourism Awards 2017. Winner, Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana – Sue Ricketts (UK Representative), With Harold Goodwin, WTM Responsible Tourism Advisor (left) and (right) Simon Press, WTM

The Responsible Tourism Awards is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry on a global scale. According to their report, “The Responsible Tourism Awards focus on the contributions made by tourism businesses and organisations and by destinations – we want to recognise those who are making a difference. The change makers, those leading the way to make tourism more sustainable by taking responsibility for driving down the negative impacts of tourism and increasing the positive impacts”.

Chobe Game Lodge certainly fits the Responsible Tourism Awards criteria with its strong focus in responsible tourism development and driving change in the Botswana tourism industry. This is in fact the third time Chobe Game Lodge has been recognised in the Responsible Tourism Awards having won Best for Resource Management in 2015 and Best for Responsible Employment in 2016.

Electric safari on the Chobe River with Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe River safari with Chobe Game Lodge on an electric powered boat

Here is what the judges had to say about Chobe Game Lodge and why it was chosen in the carbon reduction category; “The judges recognised the breadth of their engagement with the Responsible Tourism agenda. They were particularly impressed by their fleet of electric vehicles and their commitment to reducing their carbon emissions by progressively introducing electrically powered vehicles and boats for game viewing and adopting solar energy and biodiesel… The guests enjoy a silent less intrusive game drive and CO2 emissions are saved contributing to achieving SDG13: combatting climate change.”

Read the full Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 report on their website above 

The first electric powered vehicle and boat were introduced at Chobe Game Lodge in November 2014 as a pilot project. It was a first of its kind in Botswana but Chobe Game Lodge was determined to prove that electric vehicles could be used successfully in the safari industry as a way of minimising impact while at the same time offering a far superior experience for travellers. The project was an immediate success and since 2014 the fleet has grown steadily with new vehicles and boats being added to the fleet each year. The current Chobe Game Lodge fleet is almost all electric with plans to operate a complete fleet in the near future.

Congratulations once again to Chobe Game Lodge for another Responsible Tourism Award and to the teams ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism development.

Chobe Game Lodge forms part of Desert & Delta Safaris portfolio of unique safari lodges. For more information, visit the Chobe Game Lodge page on our website.

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November 7, 2017

Day out to the Khumaga Village with Matshwane Primary School

Filed under: Leroo La Tau — Tags: , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 11:50 am

Every year, the standard four learners at Matshwane Primary School in Maun, are taken on a Botswana excursion on an adventure to experience our beautiful Botswana. This year, we were thrilled to facilitate and host their annual trip at Leroo La Tau in order for the class to partake in a cultural exchange with the Khumaga Primary School, located in the Khumaga village near Leroo La Tau.

We work closely with the Khumaga village, where many of our Leroo La Tau staff come from. With education being a core focus of the Desert &Delta Safaris philosophy, Desert & Delta Safaris is actively involved with the primary school located in this beautiful little village. Guests staying at the lodge are all offered village visits which often includes a visit to the school to meet the students and the principle, Mrs Melidah Maseelane.

Matshwane Primary School and Khumaga Primary School Children in Khumaga Village with Leroo La Tau

Group photo with Matshwane Primary School and Khumaga Primary School learners.

For the standard four learners of Matshwane Primary School this visit was a chance to gain insight and an understanding into the lives of the standard four students from Khumaga Primary. The day started off with a classroom session in which both sets of students sang songs to each other, partook in a spelling contest and learnt a little bit more about each other other. After the class, the students all went outside to mingle and play together, where they made new friends and lifelong memories. The teacher’s experssions said it all at the end of the cultural exchange with smiles as wide as the Boteti River at the love being shared between their students.

Cultural day out at the Khumaga Village with Leroo La Tau

Farewells after a fun filled day at the Khumaga Village Primary School

After some heartfelt farewells, the Matshwane students departed for Leroo La Tau, where we hosted them for the night. Here the fun continued with the swimming pool being the location of many water fights and games. An afternoon boat cruise offered the children the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the region – a first time safari for many of the children. On the sightings list was some exciting species such as hippo, elephant, kudu and lion! With the sun setting, the day ended with a bush dinner where African folk stories where shared around the camp fire, the perfect end to an eventful school outing.

Boating on the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park with Leroo La Tau

Unforgettable hippo sighting on the Boteti River from the boat

Affording the children of Matshwane Primary and Khumaga Primary the opportunity to share a day together was a pleasure and a joy to be a part of. Thank you to everyone involved who made this day so special.

Further Reading:

More about the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

More about Leroo La Tau.


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October 18, 2017

Zebra Mayhem in the Makgadikgadi

Filed under: Leroo La Tau — Tags: , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 1:00 pm

This year, the annual zebra migration, the second largest migration of zebra in Africa, has been disrupted by a few spots of rain in late September and early October.

The annual zebra migration in this dry region of Botswana takes place when the rains disappear and the water sources in the salt pans and surrounding regions dry up, forcing the zebra to go out in search of water. This search takes them to the banks of the great Boteti River on the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, where they find a haven in the supply of fresh water. Even when this famed river is dry, there are several permanent water holes along its banks for the zebra to quench their thirst.

Zebra in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Quenching thirsts on the banks of the Boteti River

The zebras spend their days drinking from the river banks and then head back into the shrubbery in-land to feed and back to the river once again. This continues throughout the dry season and as the months go by, the walk from the river back to the food sources gets further and further. The animals thus spend more time travelling in between the two and grow increasingly weak, making for easy pickings for the lurking predators that set up shop under large trees near the regular paths of these desperate animals. This migration continues until the first rains of the season, at which point the zebra herds disperse between the vast desert region and the Boteti River to enjoy the lush vegetation and readily available water.

Botswana's zebra migration

The herd making their way down to the waters edge


Zebra on the banks of the Boteti River in Botswana's Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Enjoying the cool deep water of the Boteti River

However, much to the dismay of the zebra, this is not always the case, as happened this year when the first ‘rains’ of the season were nothing more than a few short showers that wet the soil underneath their feet. Following their natural instincts, the zebras headed off and left the Boteti River behind only to find that the rains had brought no new life and had stopped subsequently. With no food and no constant water, the zebras were forced to turn tail and head for the trusted source of Boteti River valley once again. Many would not make the trip back as they had exhausted themselves on their quest away from the river. For the zebras that did make it back, the sweet feeling of quenching their thirst was a lifesaving and glorious moment. On hand to witness this phenomenon was our Director and avid wildlife enthusiast, Walter Smith, who told this story of Mayhem in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

For more informational on the region and the lodge visit Leroo La Tau and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on our website.

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September 21, 2017

Chobe Game Lodge has a new website

Filed under: Chobe Game Lodge — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 9:08 am

Chobe Game Lodge, one of our flagship properties and the first 5 Star lodge in Botswana, has just launched a brand new website. This launch is a part of the rebrand which the lodge has undergone over the past few months which includes a new logo highlighting the elements that make the lodge unique, all new in-house marketing material and now the website – WWW.CHOBEGAMELODGE.COM!

This full-width, responsive website is aimed at being an all-inclusive and comprehensive indicator of the Chobe experience. The design and layout of the website takes you through the journey of your Chobe safari, which starts the moment you land on the websites home page.

The landing page’s backdrop is a looping video offering insight into what can be expected of a Chobe safari with Chobe Game Lodge including the amazing wildlife, the luxurious accommodation and the exceptional Chobe River experiences. Below the video, visitors dive deeper into the details of the lodge, the activities on offer and the Chobe National Park.

New Chobe Game Lodge Website

The site has pages for everything that a visitor will need to know when researching or planning a safari to the Chobe National Park. This includes pages for the different types of accommodation; the activities on offer; details on our responsible tourism initiatives including the electric flee; information on our family safaris and even a blog page for recent news and sightings. One of the most popular pages on the old website and already on the new one, is the special feature designed for those who are missing Chobe and just need a break from their day – the live Webcam, which is located at the end of the Chobe Deck of Fame looking out over the Eastern floodplain from the lodge.

The lodge has been a hub of excitement recently with work being done to convert more of our boats to electric power, an extension to the famous Chobe Deck of Fame having been completed, the upgrade and redesign to all the guest rooms and now the brand new website! The lodge was also featured in a women’s month article in the New York Times Travel section (THE WONDER WOMEN OF BOTSWANA SAFARI) on our all-female guiding team. There is no better time to visit Chobe Game Lodge than now!

This new website is a must see and definitely the best way to decide on and plan a Chobe safari. You can visit it at WWW.CHOBEGAMELODGE.COM. You can also view the CHOBE GAME LODGE PROFILE PAGE on our website.

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All Female Guide Team Feature In New York Times

Filed under: Chobe Game Lodge — Tags: , , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 8:25 am

In celebration of last month’s Women’s Month (August), we are extremely proud and excited to announce that the Chobe Game Lodge all-female guiding team were featured in a Sunday edition of the New York Times in a wonderful travel piece titled –  Yes, It’s Her Safari written by Hillary Richard. The article was printed in the 27 August edition of the New York Times on the front page of the travel section. For those who missed it, there is an online version of the article available on their website. The online article is titled The Wonder Women of Botswana Safari.

Hillary visited Chobe Game Lodge to experience first-hand what it’s like to be guided by our team of female guides who have made their mark in the industry and call the Chobe National Park their home.


This unassuming little piece of the country holds a special place in Botswana’s history: Chobe Game Lodge, located in Botswana’s first national park, has the first and only all-female guiding team in Africa. The lodge is one of the most progressive safari destinations in Africa, thanks in part to the success of its female guide team with guests.


Chobe Game Lodge began its female guide recruitment policy back in 2005 when it employed it’s first two female guides. Today, the entire guiding team consists of women – all professionally trained, passionate and ready to show you the wonders of the Chobe National Park.

While on safari with us, Hillary immersed herself in her safari discovering exactly what it is about the Chobe National Park that makes it one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations. From early morning game drives to late afternoon river safaris on the Chobe River, she did it all, enjoying some exceptional sightings along the way.

But it wasn’t only about the guides and wildlife encounters that caught Hillary’s attention, she also took the time to learn more about Chobe Game Lodge, the lodges unique history and its strong focus on responsible tourism.

Electric River Safari with Chobe Game Lodge in the Chobe National Park

Chobe River safari in an electric boat with Chobe Game Lodge


Botswana’s tourism industry is heavily focused on conservation, a concept echoed in environmental initiatives at the lodge, like its recycling plant that handles 95 percent of the lodge’s waste, a closed circuit water treatment plant and an on-site biogas plant (the building itself is made from recycled glass bottles). In addition to the electric boats (similar to wide, flat pontoon boats), the property has one electric Land Cruiser and three electric Land Rovers, with plans to convert the remaining seven Land Cruisers later on.


Thank you to Hillary for visiting Chobe Game Lodge. Follow the below links for more information on Chobe Game Lodge and the Chobe National Park.


Read More: Chobe Game Lodge

Read More: The Chobe National Park


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September 6, 2017

August Was Cheetah Month In The Moremi Game Reserve

Filed under: Camp Moremi,Camp Xakanaxa — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 9:52 am

The month of August is traditionally an exceptional month for wildlife sightings with the dry season in full swing. From the concentration of zebra along the banks of the Boteti River near Leroo La Tau to the massive herds of elephant in the Savute and Chobe Riverfront regions of the Chobe National Park.

Amongst all the wonderful sightings we’ve enjoyed, what’s stood out most this month is the number cheetah encounters we have had in the Moremi Game Reserve. Guests staying at Camp Xakanaxa and Camp Moremi have had the good fortune of sighting these speedsters on several occasions throughout the month.

A cheetah searching for prey in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

Taking advantage of the height of the termite mound to search for prey. Photo by Kapano @ Camp Moremi

A pair of cheetahs in the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana

An elegant dismount from the termite mound after locating their prey. Photo by Kapano @ Camp Moremi

The Moremi Game Reserve is undoubtedly one of the top game viewing destinations in Botswana with its diverse landscapes offering a haven for a wide variety of wildlife inhabitants. Cheetahs prefer open un-wooden areas as they rely on speed to hunt their prey which is why they are often seen in the open grasslands or on the edge of the deeper wooded regions of the Moremi Game Reserve. They are however shy in nature which makes them tough to find, especially with the strong presence of other predators in the area such as lion which will kill the cheetah to eliminate competition should the chance arise.

Searching for cheetah in the Moremi Game Reserve

One of the coalition members on the lookout. Photo by Grass @ Camp Moremi

Cheetah seen from Camp Moremi in the Moremi Game Reserve

A special sighting of one of the coalition members. Photo by Lets from Camp Moremi

This month it was the grasslands near Third Bridge and First Bridge which proved a favourite attracting several new cheetah inhabitants never seen before in this region of the reserve. A coalition of four cheetahs and a separate pair of females were seen on several occasions. Their hunting efforts have been very successful and these spotted predators seem to be enjoying their new home.

Cheetah in Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve

A lone male on the lookout. Photo by Stuart

Cheetah seen from Camp Xakanaxa in the Moremi Game Reserve

Making his way across the open grassland. Photo by Stuart

Morning game drives from Camp Moremi and Camp Xakanaxa heading toward Third Bridge have been very fruitful for our guides and guests as they have enjoyed exceptional sightings of these cheetahs on several kills as well as just lounging around for the camera. With spring now in full swing, we looking forward to more updates from our guides on what they are seeing in the Moremi Game Reserve.

Additional Reading:

More on the Moremi Game Reserve

Discover Camp Moremi 

Discover Camp Xakanaxa

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August 30, 2017

Safari365 Go On A Botswana Safari With Us

Filed under: General News — Tags: , , , , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 8:10 am

Safari365, one of our long standing Cape Town based travel industry partners recently spent some time with us on a safari through several of our lodges. During their stay, they visited Camp Moremi, Camp Xakanaxa, Camp Okavango, Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe Savanna Lodge and finally Chobe Game Lodge, covering the Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta on their trip.

Visiting these areas afforded them the opportunity to experience a lot of what Botswana and specifically Desert & Delta Safaris has to offer. From the abundant wildlife to the pristine landscapes and incredible safari experiences that our travellers enjoy when visiting Botswana with us. When hosting our travel industry partners, it is important that they have an authentic experience that accurately represents the journeys we create for our guests. This ensures that the activities, in lodge experiences, interactions with our staff and every other aspect of a guests stay is experienced by the travel professionals who facilitate your safari – giving them a real-life experience of Botswana.

With many years experience in providing amazing safari experiences for their travellers, it was a privilege to host Safari365 in Botswana. While travelling through our camps the Safari365 team were hard at work creating amazing videos to offer their prospective travellers a taste of what a Botswana safari is all about. We had a blast hosting them on their safari and love the videos they created from their time at each of the lodges.

The videos offer a snippet of what it’s like to go on safari with us. Although it is very difficult to capture the essence of a whole safari holiday in a short video, they certainly did an excellent job. Below we have embedded the videos for you to enjoy. Click on the menu tab on the top left of the video to view all five videos.

Thanks to the team at Safari365 for visiting our Botswana lodges and for putting these amazing video clips together. For more information on Safari365 visit their website.

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August 25, 2017

A Short battle for dominance of a dwindling water hole

Filed under: Savute Safari Lodge — Tags: , , , — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 1:51 pm

The below article is from Andrew Flatt, our Desert & Delta Safaris Marketing Executive, from his recent visit to Savute Safari Lodge. 

I recently spent some time at the beautiful Savute Safari Lodge in the Southern region of the Chobe National Park, as explained by my cool-guy African safari guide Baba, and enjoyed one of my best elephant interactions to date.

On my first game drive on the afternoon I arrived, Baba took us to one of the watering holes to see what would come down for a drink. He explained how during this time of year the water was drying up and watering holes became less and smaller by the day. This meant the remaining ones had to be shared, much to all the animals’ disapproval.

Elephants in the Savute region of Botswana

Two lone bull elephants at the waterhole in Savute

As we sat watching what Baba explained was a bunch of Lone bull elephant’s that had all come down separately to drink, something interesting happened. One bull, an old elephant, did not like the idea of sharing with another approaching, thirsty lone bull. They met at the water’s edge, standing a few metres apart, clearly sizing each other up. The new male slowly advanced and the old boy retreated slightly until they were both standing in the water. After a minute or two of staring each other down, in an instant, they both lunged forward at each other and a colossal, but short lived battle ensued. They clattered and banged, trumpeting and splashing water everywhere! And after 20 or so seconds, they stopped, paused for a second and slowly backed away from each other. Interestingly, they then shared the water hole giving each other enough space to drink.

Elephant bulls fighting in the Savuti region of the Chobe National Park in Botswana

The two bulls sizing each other up

Elephants fighting for dominance Botswana's Savuti Region

Lunging forward in an instant just before making contact

Bull elephant in the Savute region of the Chobe National Park with Savute Safari Lodge

Heads and tusks clashing as they make impact

Fighting elephants in the Savute region in Botswana

Hard clash as the two bulls make contact with each other

It all happened so fast and was such an interesting experience! But I couldn’t quite understand it? So I posed the question to Baba, “What was that?!?” He gave a hearty laugh before explaining;

“In the dry season, the water scarcity causes a lot of movement for the wildlife. The elephant’s are forced to start congregating around the water that is still available. Ordinarily, these animals would choose to avoid this as safety is priority one for most of them.

While elephant’s are very social animals, the older bulls that have been kicked out of the breeding herds tend to wander alone. This obviously leaves them slightly vulnerable and thus they are normally a bit on edge and alert.”

Baba really has a way with understanding and making guests understand.

It turns out, this meeting of two giants was not an act of hatred or anything of the sort. It was a battle of dominance over a scarce resource. We as humans sure know about that! The reason they backed off and happily shared the water, Baba explained, was because there had been a winner, maybe not an out and out winner, but one of the bulls had decided, this isn’t worth getting hurt for, and had backed down to just enjoy the water that would quench his mighty thirst.

This was not the only battle of bulls we saw, but it was definitely the most dramatic! A very interesting afternoon spent by the watering hole!

For more information on the incredible experiences on offer in the Savute Region of the Chobe National Park visit the SAVUTE REGION on our website. You can also read more on SAVUTE SAFARI LODGE as the perfect stay for your Savute safari.

Article and photos by Andrew Flatt

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July 11, 2017

Top 10 Reasons To Book Your Chobe Safari At Chobe Savanna Lodge

Filed under: Chobe Savanna Lodge — Desert & Delta Safaris @ 1:37 pm

The Chobe River is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most iconic river systems. As a permanent source of water for the surrounding regions, the river attracts prolific and diverse populations of wildlife and birdlife.

Dry season on the Chobe River – from Chobe Savanna Lodge 

In the dry season (July to October), there is no better place to be as large herds of elephant begin congregating along the river’s edge, often crossing the deeper channels offering a spectacle for guests.

Elephant on the Chobe River with Chobe Savanna Lodge

Elephant in from of Chobe Savanna Lodge

Chobe Savanna Lodge has the privileged location of being situated upriver in a secluded area with uninterrupted views across the river and its game-rich floodplains. A highlight for many of our guests is to simply sit and watch from the comfort of the lodge as the herds of elephant swim across the river to the Namibian side in front of the Lodge. It’s an incredible sight to see!

Due to its remote location, the lodge focuses exclusively on the Chobe River experience. Daily river safaris are done in small aluminium power boats ideal for close encounters with the wild visitors of the river, as well as on larger flat bottom skimmers for those picture perfect sunset cruises.

aerial view of Chobe Savanna Lodge on the Chobe River

An aerial view of Chobe Savanna Lodge located on a peninsula overlooking the Chobe River



With the dry season upon us, we have put together a list of the top 10 reasons to book a Chobe Safari at Chobe Savanna Lodge to offer you insight into what this spectacular safari lodge has to offer. For more information on Chobe Savanna Lodge please visit the lodges page on our website.

Chobe Savanna Lodge is a small and intimate safari lodge with only 13 en-suite guest rooms making it ideal for an intimate Chobe River experience. Each of the beautifully furnished thatch chalets is equipped with a private deck from which to take in the spectacular location.

With inter-leading room options and a family room available, the lodge accepts children of all ages. With a variety of activities available, including fishing excursions, there is plenty to keep your family busy throughout your stay.

There is a wide range of activities available from Chobe Savanna Lodge including boat safaris on the Chobe River, fishing excursions and a cultural excursion to one of the nearby villages.

Sunsets overlooking the Chobe floodplains are some of the most spectacular imaginable with uninterrupted views over the Chobe River. For those still out exploring the river by boat, a short stop for sundowners on the river is the perfect end to a day on safari.

On the Namibian side of the river and far from the nearby town of Kasane, Chobe Savanna Lodge has a remote and secluded river location making it ideal for the end of a busy safari where you can maximise your time on the river.

Our small aluminium boats have swivel chairs, a retractable canvas roof and low proximity to the water – perfect for those low angle shots of the varied wildlife as they make their way to the water’s edge for a drink. The larger skimmer boats are flat bottom with movable deck chair offering ample space for gear and the ability to easily manoeuvre around the boat to capture those special moments as they happen.

With the open grasslands in front of the lodge we do regular dining set-ups around the fire and under the stars. No African safari is complete without enjoying a meal beneath a thick blanket of stars connecting to the endless horizon.

Our Lodge manager John Sepiso is a proud Namibian who has worked his way from barman to host to manager. He has many years’ experience managing Chobe Savanna Lodge and treats it as his home. He and his small team of staff are looking forward to welcoming you to Chobe Savanna Lodge.

Chobe is one of the few places in Africa where elephant are often seen swimming in the river. From Chobe Savanna Lodge you can simply sit back and watch as the elephants swim across the river to the open floodplain in front of the lodge. For the keen photographer, have your camera at the ready to capture this iconic Chobe moment.

In celebration of the reopening, we have extended our green season (off-peak) rates, now available from 15 July to 31 December 20170, making Chobe Savanna Lodge the best value for money, all-inclusive safari in the Chobe region.


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