Chobe Game Lodge offers a 4-night stay which includes a multitude of experiences.
Enjoy full-day trips to the remote parts of the park, exclusive lunch cruises on the Chobe River, cultural experiences with the local community, and a complimentary upgrade to the Luxury Suite with your own private infinity pool and spacious lounge.
During your 4-night stay, one of the days will include a full-day trip to the remote parts of the park with a magical sunset game drive along the riverfront on the return to Chobe Game Lodge. The itinerary also includes a cultural experience with the local community where you will have a chance to get a glimpse into local farming, traditional basket weaving and local food.
Another unique addition to the itinerary will be a lunch cruise on the Chobe River. Relaxing with your delicious lunch, a glass of wine and witnessing the renowned elephant herds congregating along the river, a memorable experience for sure. The lodge will also arrange a private dinner during one of your evenings. Best of all, the package comes with a complimentary upgrade to one of the stunning luxury suites with your own private infinity pool and terrace and a spacious lounge to enjoy while relaxing at Chobe Game Lodge.
The Cultural Experience is part of a day trip which includes a full day out to the more remote parts of the region. After breakfast at the lodge, around 7.30am we set out for the Chobe Enclave, home to the Basubia tribe. This is a tribe that prides itself on its rich Botswana culture.
The journey from the lodge to the villages is in itself a spectacle and takes about three hours. Along the way you will pass the Nogaatsa waterhole and travel through the Chobe National Park, where you are likely to encounter some wildlife. After a pleasant tea break under a canopy of mahogany trees close to Ngoma, we continue to the Chobe Enclave and villages of Muchenje, Mabele and Kavimba. The scenery is fascinating - huge baobab trees, rocky outcrops, the floodplains and, in the distance, the Chobe River. Your guide will share some of the geographical phenomenons that shaped the incredible regions and point out the local practices in the villages as you make your way to the final destination. There your host family will be waiting to meet you at the village of Katchikau (pronounced Catch-i-Cow), hub of the Chobe Enclave!
There is a well maintained toilet facility and running water. It's our lunch stop, so of course there is a culinary spread like no other. The hosts will explain each dish, what it is made from and how it is made. There is Seswaa (ground beef marinated for days), Tswii (meat mixed with the fruit of the Waterlily), Morogo (traditional spinach with garnish/bean leaves), Pap (maize dish), Samp (the best I've tasted in Botswana - also maize based) and more!
Katchikau is also home to some traditional basket weavers and areas to peruse a number of local arts and crafts.
After an enjoyable hosted tour through the village sharing a number of the local customs and practices we visit the family cattle post - a 20-minute drive into the bush. The cattle post is possibly one of the most fundamental traditions in Botswana life. Beef is a major export in Botswana and cattle farming is important. The cattle roam free but return in the evening for safekeeping in the 'kraal'. Our host explains the daily routine of the cattle's movements and the challenges of looking after the livestock. A small solar panel powers a few lights but otherwise it's remote and deep in the bush!
Our journey back to the lodge is through the Chobe National Park along the Chobe riverfront. The sun is low in the sky and the light is perfect for photographing the famous herds of elephants as they make their way up and down the Chobe River.
This is a wonderfully authentic way to get to know the culture and people of northern Botswana whilst combining it with a game drive along the famous Chobe Riverfront.Price Includes
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