Botswana, formerly the British Protectorate of Bechuanaland, is one of Africa’s finest examples of a peaceful multi-party non-racial democracy.
At the time of Independence in 1966 it was among the poorest nations on earth. But since the discovery of diamonds in the late 1960’s it is today one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with diamonds producing 30% of GDP.
At 581,730 sq kms it is the 48th largest country in the world (bigger than Spain or Germany) and also one of the most sparsely populated (2m people).
From in-depth personal knowledge and 25 years of experience in the area Glen Byrom of twiice endorses only hand-chosen properties in and near Kasane/Chobe.
For International Incentives: Mowana Safari Lodge (4 star); Chobe Chilwero (5 star); Chobe Game Lodge (4 star).
For exclusive VIP safaris (8-14 rooms): The Zambezi Queen Luxury River Boat (5 star); Ngoma Safari Lodge (5 star); Impalila Island Lodge; Elephant Valley Safari Lodge.
For conferences (50-100 rooms): Mowana Safari Lodge.
Chobe National Park
Chobe is unquestionably one of the greatest wildlife parks and experiences in the world and, in peak season, the absolute benchmark for prolific big-game viewing. With a distinct “Out of Africa” aura of vast Chobe River floodplains the Park is 11,700 sq km of savannah (almost half the size of Belgium).
It’s a superb year-round destination for international incentive groups and also for conferences as there are several hotels offering good space – Mowana Safari Lodge, for example, has 110 rooms. There are more than 500 beds in the Kasane town area adjacent to the Chobe Park.
The Big Attraction
There are many compelling reasons to visit Chobe. It is an easy add-on to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia) and is less than 100 kms away on good tar roads through pristine wilderness areas or a short flight away to Kasane. But the BIG attraction is the sensational wildlife with the extra dimension of a thrilling safari by boat and fishing for the fighting tiger.
Chobe is home to the largest elephant herds on earth (in excess of 45,000) and in prime season many hundreds of these beasts may be viewed on the open and endless floodplains, along with vast herds of buffalo and zebra. More than 100 other species include lions, cheetah, leopard, hippo, crocodiles, giraffe and many antelope. More than 400 bird species have been recorded.