Location is everything… and the Raft is, well, perfectly located! Situated in the Chobe main stream opposite Sedudu Island, it overlooks, what is arguably, the most game rich island in the whole of the Chobe region… with regular sightings of elephants, buffalo, lechwe and host of large herbivores drawn to the endless supply of lush green grass throughout the year.
Open daily for lunch, the floating restaurant has seating capacity for 64. There is no need to clear immigration and access is a mere 15-minute boat ride from Kasane. We generally allow 2 hours for the whole experience but there is no need to rush through the meal. The traditional barbecue is simple yet, delicious; with each person’s steak cooked to their liking. Lunch includes a traditional “braai” style menu of 3 meats, 2 salads, a warm dish with garlic bread and of course, a dessert. The package also includes 2 Drinks per person (there is no cash bar). Drinks include a choice of local beer, house wine, soft drinks and water.
Quite simply it is a “must” in any Chobe itinerary… offered at an affordable rate, the relaxed lunch venue overlooks the best game Chobe has to offer… an easy addition that will win you rave reviews, visit trip advisor and see for yourself!
Operating Hours: Anytime between 11h00 – 15h00
We had two lunch time meals on this raft set in the Chobe River. The first one we joined other guests already on The Raft after an excellent game viewing boat trip. The barbequed food was cooked as we requested and was of high quality. The second meal was with a group whom we met on the boat going to the venue. We were treated to a pizza experience with a delightful Italian lady putting a variety of toppings on freshly made bases. Delicious! We mingled with all the guests who were just as delighted as we were with the food, the ambience and the staff who welcomed us aboard with broad smiles and a catchy song. The time just flew by and we all left with full tums and special memories
Tripadvisor Reviewed 8 January 2015
UKwandererx2 – Chichester, United Kingdom
This is a MUST visit experience while in the Chobe area. In fact I would say that you need to experience this amazing way to enjoy a meal… we had lunch while floating in the middle of the Chobe river… The animals are close at hand and the sounds and sights are a real experience. The restaurant had a “rustic” feel but this only adds to the African experience… Well Done!
Tripadvisor Reviewed 17 April 2015
Robsinafrica – Johannesburg, South Africa
We had lunch on The Raft during our ace Chobe Day Trip run by Flame of Africa (game drive in the morning, lunch, then Chobe River Cruise in the afternoon). The Raft was a huge surprise, really fun, absolutely unique. We knew there was a ‘floating restaurant’ that was away from the main area of riverbank hotels and restaurants, but nothing quite prepares you for The Raft (unless you remember Kevin Costner in Waterworld!). In the middle of nowhere on the Chobe River and created using recycled materials, The Raft is such fun – the staff sing a Namibian welcome song, cook you a really excellent barbecue, serve drinks, make you feel completely welcome. It’s an island oasis with a 360 degree view over the water and the islands beyond. A unique experience. I really really recommend it. Sadly Kevin Costner must have been called away the day we were there, but that’s the only complaint!
Tripadvisor Reviewed 27 April 2015
maddox49 – Ipswich, United Kingdom
A visit to this magnificent part of the globe would really be incomplete without a visit to The Raft restaurant floating on the blue waters of the Chobe between Namibia & Botswana. Cheery African voices sing out a memorable welcome on arrival by boat & serve a lovely BBQ lunch including drinks and dessert. A spectacular location for a special event or wedding reception. Definitely one of the many highlights enjoyed during my African adventure!
Tripadvisor Reviewed 1 May 2015
I’ve just come back from a 10 day visit to Botswana & South Africa & The Raft on Chobe River was by far the best experience. A cold beer in hand watching the sun go down in one direction & baby elephants playing on the nearby island in the other can’t be beaten. This is a find & well worth a detour on any river safari on the Chobe River.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 12 May 2015
RJSR – Cambridge, United Kingdom
Prestige Safaris has been travelling all over Africa for many years and in particular the Chobe Region for the past 15years. We were invited by the owner for a private lunch experience on the Raft and it was nothing short of amazing, the food,views of the Chobe National Park and the amazing service plus the abundance of wildlife was something that we would highly recommend as one of the most memorable experiences during our travels throughout Africa ever.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 23 May 2015
Adam A – UK
We were met by beautiful staff, singing a welcome song for us. they then proceeded to cook us a delicious meal which we enjoyed while watching passing boats, hippos and a variety of bird life. Absolutely unique, warm and welcoming service, and a position like no other.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 2 July 2015
SouthAfricaCindy – south africa
The Raft is a floating restaurant in the Chobe river near Kasane. A group of 15 of us were collected at Chobe by Flame of Africa operators on a stunning boat (cost is included in the lunch rate – which is incredibly reasonably priced) From the outset new it would be a great lunch. The hostess on the boat was charming and friendly.
The food and service was exceptional! And such a great location. Lunch is a traditional barbecue served with salads and veggies and then sweets to follow.
We were fortunate enough to meet the owner Brett who personally oversees the service. After lunch we used the same boat to take us on a sunset cruise.
Just from the service and attention we got at the restaurant I would recommend using Flame of Africa in Botswana. I certainly will. THANK YOU Brett – it was a memorable experience!
Tripadvisor Reviewed 8 September 2015
africantraveller – south africa
An wonderful experience on the Chobe River. We were collected and taken to the floating raft where we were greeted by staff singing a welcome song. The food was great staff were friendly.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 10 September 2015
Anne N – Perth, Australia
This was our final day before heading home to Canada and i could not have asked for anything better, the morning safari on land, and lunch at the raft which we arrived via boat. we were greeted joyfully. and welcomed graciously. the food was wonderful enjoyed butternut squash chicken wings . beef and potatoes and salads. enjoyed a glass of red wine, loved the atmosphere. and enjoyed watching herd of elephants across the bay. they may not always be there but we were fortunate.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 13 August 2017
joann w – Canada
We had lunch here, we were greeted by two beautiful African women in colorful dresses
The meal was prepared while we sat and visited, the homemade bread was excellent
The lunch was a mixture of chicken, sausages and beef all BBQ. Several different salads and Malvo dessert
The food was very good and a adventure getting to the raft in the river.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 11 April 2018
phyllis a – Spanish Fork, Utah
We have eaten at least 5 times on the raft and it is always delicious. Very cosy eating on the river. Staff is friendly and they sing a welcome song. They even serve wine. All in all a great experience.
Tripadvisor Reviewed 22 May 2018
Si A – Repeat Client
Highlight of our Namibian cruise on the Chobe River. Our guide had not told us we were stopping here & it was a lovely surprise! The food was excellent, the service is amazing, & the location on the river is spectacular. This is definitely a must stop!!!
Tripadvisor Reviewed 17 June 2018
pshurd – Everywhere USA
We visited here while joining game driving and boating by Flame of Africa!
food is much better i expected and this place is only available by Flame of Africa.
so i recommend to visit this place with Chobe game drive by Flame of Africa.
Reviewed 17 July 2018
This restaurant is a great surprise on the Chobe River, adjacent to Chobe park. It’s a fun stop and the food and service happen to be great. One of the day’s highlights.
Reviewed – 1 Nov 18
I honestly can not describe how incredible this day was. Our tour guide (sam) was amazing, and we couldn’t have asked for a better person to take us around. The day started with a 3hr safari drive, followed by a mid day lunch on a beautiful pontoon, overlooking the Namibian boarder and finally finishing with a 3hr boat cruise around the Chobe river. Both the drive and boat trip included drinks. It was amazing! The staff were friendly and helpful. Would recommend to everyone!
My my came to visit me during a short stay in Africa, so of course a safari was booked. I can honestly say it was better than I could’ve ever imagined. Sam, our tour guide, was the best we could’ve asked for. He was polite and friendly and he went the extra mile to make it as good as he could for us, even if it meant going out of his way. (I would highly recommend him if you can choose!) The safari started with a 3hr game drive, in which we were fortunate enough to see leopards, lions, elephants, giraffes, wild birds… just to name a few! Of course, you dont always get to see all these animals, but Sam was amazing, we asked and he delivered!
The lunch on the river was beautiful. The food was delicious! A BBQ style with salads, meats, breads and roasted vegetables (food coma) all cooked to perfection. We were welcomed with a song by the staff and catered for exceptionally. We couldn’t have asked for better service.
The boat trip in the evening was equally as beautiful. There’s something about watching the sunset whilst surrounded by hippos, crocs and buffalos. Sam again was great and did everything he could to make us feel comfortable.
I could go on forever writing good things about this today. It’s one we will all remember and by far the greatest experience of my life (a few happy tears may have been shed).
I can’t thank the staff, especially Sam, enough. I would recommend to everyone!
Reviewed 26 Feb 19