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Embark on a remote river safari at Chobe Savanna Lodge

On early morning sunrise trips you can hear whistling ducks and other birds tweeting as you see the sun come up above the floodplains…

By Sue Ricketts
Owner of Target Africa

As Chobe Savanna Lodge is set right by the river (across from Chobe Game Lodge, on the Namibian side), all of the activities here are water-based.

There are morning and afternoon motorboat safaris which take guests along the river to see the local wildlife – they last about three hours, and you can see elephants, zebras, buffalo, giraffes, impalas, waterbucks and kudu, as well as an abundance of birds (there are more than 300 species here, including the African fish eagle). There’s a large pod of hippos which are always popular with guests too, as well as some sinister-looking crocodiles basking on the riverbanks.

During my last visit I sat for ages watching a family of baboons; it was fascinating to learn from our guide about their behaviour and family structure, and to watch the cheeky youngsters being reprimanded by one of their parents for being too boisterous.

What’s nice about the boats is they’re quite small, so you can get really close to the wildlife, and also the chairs aren’t fixed, so you can move them around to get the best photos.

The lodge also offers sunset cruises on skimmer boats, with sundowners served on board, as well as early morning sunrise trips, where you can hear whistling ducks and other birds tweeting as you see the sun come up above the floodplains. Watching the sky turn deep red and gold above the water is always mesmerising.

You can also head out on catch and release fishing trips – tiger fish, tilapia and catfish are all found in the river.

There are no game drives here, so it’s a great option for guests who’ve already done a traditional safari and want to see it all in a different way. It’s also incredibly peaceful thanks to its remote location, accessed from the Botswana border by boat – it’s a real adventure, and guests love it.

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Alfred & Sue Ricketts

Sue has worked as the UK Sales Representative for Desert & Delta Safaris for 18 years under her company Target Africa, which she launched in 2003 after working as a Product Manager for Jetsave and Southern Africa Travel. She has visited all of the operator’s nine properties and is drawn back to Botswana every year by the people.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like James, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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