The Raft ‘Dining Experience’
Flame of Africa’s MD Brett Mc Donald got the idea of creating a floating restaurant on the Chobe River. This was to enable dining in a wild-Africa environment where the surrounding ‘décor’ is rippling waters, verdant landscapes and possible sightings of herds of elephant, buffalo and many other animals and birds. It’s so really terrific, really! Don’t miss this one.
What an exciting way to enjoy a delicious lunch…at a restaurant floating on the Chobe River not far from the town of Kasane. It was the brainchild of Brett Mc Donald, MD of Flame of Africa, once he had completed project-managing the construction of the magnificent ZAMBEZI QUEEN nearby a few years back. “There were bits and pieces of timber and metal lying all over the place and I suddenly had the idea of putting it all to good use,” shares Brett, describing his large floating circle with a canvas and wooden thatched roof, where a very tasty lunch is served daily.
Your guide will share local news and folklore, and perhaps recall the controversy surrounding the nearby Sududu Island (once the subject of a sensitive ownership battle between Botswana and Namibia). A local beer or glass of wine would be a good start to a three-meat meal, with vegetables and salad and The Raft’s special desert for afters. Wild animals grace the entire area around you, while a myriad exotic birds dart hither and thither.
This is a lunch outing like no other, amid the Chobe Flood Plains, where you can feel and see ‘Real Africa’ to the back of beyond. As you stay within the main channel there is no need to complete the immigration process between Namibia and Botswana. Just enjoy!
Yes – Local Transfers from Kasane or Kazangula.
Yes – Water, Soft Drinks and Local Beers
Cresta Mowana Jetty, Kasane
BBQ (Braai) Cooked on board, fresh baked bread and salads.
On board: A professional guide will accompany you by boat from the Cresta Mowana Resort to The Raft Restaurant nearby. We carry ponchos should the weather be cooler. The restaurant has its own toilet facilities.
‣ Includes: A boat transfer to and from The Raft. You’ll be served a full barbecue-style lunch, with meats, vegetables and salads and a special dessert for after. Enjoy the fully-included bar service.
‣ Enjoy: Pre-book for lunch at the floating ‘The Raft Restaurant’…surrounded by the rippled waters of the Chobe River. This venue was the brainchild of Flame of Africa’s MD Brett Mc Donald using, as he puts it, “bits n’ pieces” left over from the construction of the Chobe Water Villas nearby (for which Brett was project manager.) You’ll hear local information and experiences from your guide over lunch. While you dine you can enjoy sweeping scenes of the Chobe River. Listen as hippos honk beside you and elephant and buffalo graze nearby. Crocodiles lurk below…no swimming allowed! Across the water is 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…which were extreme in April/May, 2020.
When: Lunch outings by boat are available across to The Raft Restaurant daily throughout the year.
Where: Our boats leave from the boat jetty directly below the resort, but our guide will meet you at the hotel entrance.
Time: Your splendid and totally unique outing will last from about 12:15 until 14:30.
Minimum guests: 2; Max: 64.
What to Pack? Binoculars will always enhance any game-viewing experience en route to The Raft 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.