Chobe Boat Cruise
This is an extremely cost-effective way of enjoying what the Chobe River has to offer. It’s an ideal chance to become acquainted with the immense beauty of the Chobe flood plains (that are more like a lake when the annual floods come in April/May.) The game-viewing is exemplary, as is bird watching. You’ll cruise passed Sududu Island, source of a territorial dispute between Botswana and Namibia. The matter was resolved in 1999 by a ruling (in Botswana’s favour) of the International Court of Justice. Just five square kilometres in extent, the island is game-rich in the seasons when the area is not completely submerged by usual annual floods. The Chobe National Park on the Botswana shore is a wild animal Eden without peer. There’s always animals or birds to be observed.
The Chobe Flood Plains are a magnificent sight to behold, with scenes so expansive all around you that you can see forever and a day to the back of beyond. This is ideal wild- game viewing territory. At times it’s all one large lake, but mostly the Chobe River meanders through plains on one side and edges the incredible Chobe National Park on the other. It’s from this 11,770-square-kilometre wilderness that a plethora of animals arrive to slake their thirst or, in many cases, to graze on the lush grasses stretching from one horizon to another. What better, then, than to be cruising gently along the shallow river and into its side-channels and creeks to view at close hand what comprises ‘Nature’s Call’ on this particular day.
Elephant in large herds or small groups are almost a guarantee…and you’ll thrill to the sight of multiple antelope species, grazing contently but with an instinctive eye on lurking crocodiles. Hippos and their cute calves honk, splash and communicate noisily. Maybe you’ll witness a kill by lions, a leopard, hyena, jackal or caracul…spell-binding predators all. Just the right time your guide will offer beer, wine or cool drinks, affording quieter moments to observe some of the 460 bird species that seasonally proliferate in the area. It’s Raw Africa on call.
Yes – Local Transfers from Kasane or Kazangula.
Yes – Water, Soft Drinks and Local Beers
Cresta Mowana Jetty, Kasane
On board: Our boats include life jackets, toilets and ponchos for cooler weather.
Includes: Your guide will serve finger snacks, local beers, wines and soft drinks.
When: These delightful boat excursions depart daily throughout the year.
Where: Meet your guide at the entrance to the Cresta Mowana Resort in Kasane, from where he’ll accompany you to the boat jetty directly below the hotel.
Time: You may depart any time of the day to suit you, given that each outing lasts for three hours. Perhaps consider the dedicated sunset cruise from 15:00 daily.
What to Pack? Binoculars will always enhance any game-viewing experience and will be a real boon for bird lovers, who will be more than thrilled with the many species that come and go in this region. You will of course come with long lenses for greater distance images. Don’t forget extra batteries. Sunscreen and lip balm are more than helpful in these dry conditions and carrying ‘wet wipes’ are ideal for freshening up your face, neck and hands. Sunglasses will soften the glare – especially in the middle of the day. Do bring along small packets of tissues. In cooler months (periodically late May through September) we advise bringing a jacket, jersey or shawl. We offer blankets and ponchos.