There aren’t many places in the world where you can wake up on a palm fringed island and then head off on a once in a lifetime safari, but The Island is one of them. Just up the river from our magical jungle island lives the largest elephant population in Africa. Chobe National Park – ‘the land of Giants’, is a short boat ride upriver from The Island, and we are excited to announce that The Island will be offering Chobe Day Trips as an external activity in collaboration with our good friends Kalahari Tours.
I can’t resist the opportunity to visit Chobe, and always see something new on each visit. Considered one of the best places in Africa to see elephants, the Chobe river supports a wealth of biodiversity unrivalled by any other park in Botswana. Huge herds of elephant and buffalo roam along side lion, leopard and a wealth of smaller game. With over 460 species of birds recorded in the park, Chobe is a renowned destination for birders. During the dry winter months when the elephant come down to to the river to drink, it’s not uncommon to witness herds of 100 or more elephant.
Bart knows and loves the park well as Chobe is where he began his safari guiding career, alongside Kalahari Tours’ Rex Kelly. From those days together as young safari guides, Rex has built up Kalahari Tours into a highly respected operation. The Island visitors will enjoy a unique perspective on the wildlife, getting up close by both boat and game drive vehicle. Returning to the lush cool of the Island after a long day on safari, the dry sands of the Kalahari may seem a world away. However, lulled to sleep by the sounds of the rapids, you can be happy in the knowledge that the giants are just up the river.
To get a taste of what Chobe has to offer, check out Kalahari Tours’ video.