Here’s our full ‘Africa-in-the-raw’ day that you’ll never forget. With a transfer from your hotel included, soon after 09:00 (departure time) your land cruiser will enter the Chobe National Park, first following the banks of the meandering Chobe River towards the west and then progressing deeper into the park, taking in all the striking bush, game and birding contrasts of this animal-intense part of Africa. You’ll almost certainly encounter elephant and buffalo and you could see lion, leopard, hyena and giraffe in greater or lesser numbers, depending on the season and Nature’s Call that day.
Later, exiting the park, you head back to the Chobe River, where a smart Flame of Africa river cruiser awaits you. Botswana’s incomparable ‘extravaganza of the wild’ continues as you gently meander along the vast, magnificent expanse that is the Chobe flood plain. Savour endless ‘Kodak Moments’, capturing animal ‘surprises’ and some of the 460 bird species found locally…en route to The Raft Restaurant, a large floating eatery where a delicious barbecue- style lunch awaits you (+/-12:30 – a bar is included.).
Around 13:30, river game-viewing leads on to creeks and inlets, from where you can thrill to possible sightings of large animal herds and close-up encounters with hippo, crocodiles and gorgeous birds. As starkly-contrasting evening sky hues materialise, your boat gently glides back to the jetty, around 18:00. We transfer you back to your hotel, with memories of an extra-special day in Africa that will last forever.
|Lunch Included||BBQ (Braai) Cooked on board, fresh baked bread and salads.|
|Transfers Included||Yes – Local Transfers from Kasane or Kazangula.|
|Drinks Included||Yes – Water, Soft Drinks and Local Beers|
On board: A Flame of Africa professional guide will be with you all day. Our 4X4 contain blankets and ponchos for cooler weather. Toilet facilities are available at The Raft Restaurant.
Includes: Your special day begins with a three-hour game drive into the Chobe National Park. Later by road back to the Cresta Mowana Resort to board a boat cruise to Flame of Africa’s own floating restaurant, The Raft. A full bar service is included, plus a delicious barbecue-style meal, including vegetables, salads and something sweet for after. After lunch a three-hour game-viewing cruise along the Chobe flood plains back to the resort jetty at around sunset. Soft drinks are available on both the game drive and cruise.
Transfers: We offer free included transfers from Kazungula (on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe) and from the town of Livingstone (Zambia), but there’s an extra fee from the Victoria Falls.
Enjoy: You may consider yourself privileged to be experiencing the full gamut of Chobe offerings. To spend the morning in the national park and the afternoon on the river affords one a chance to enjoy maximum wild animal and bird sightings. And in between all the excitement you can look forward to a very delicious lunch on a floating restaurant. It’s promises to be one of those days you will never forget. Welcome to the full Chobe experience!
When: There are daily trips to the famous Victoria Falls.
Where: The excursion begins at the entrance to the Cresta Mowana Resort in Kasane, Botswana.
Time: You’ll depart the resort at 09:00 and return to the same place at 18:00.
Min/Max guests: We depart with a minimum two guests and take a maximum of 10 (per vehicle.)
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.