Botswana Safari at the Charming Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge
Jul03

Botswana Safari at the Charming Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Neatly perched high up on a hill in the Chobe National Park lies a luxurious eco-friendly lodge with panoramic views over sparse acacia scrub and messy mopane woodlands. Deep in the heart of the rugged Botswana wilderness dwells a wonder of wildlife. Roaming the landscapes below the lodge, huge herds and lone cats can be viewed from the balcony of your suite or the comfort of the sophisticated lounge area. The view of the horizon is never ending and the “end” of the bushveld seems like a mirage against the stark blue Botswana blue skies which swallow the forgotten treasures of the land. A small waterhole sits in front of the lodge and graceful impala, weather beaten buffalo bulls and protective breeding herds of elephant often pay the clean waters a visit. This is the place where time sits still, your heart becomes alive and your senses overwhelmed.  Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is the idyllic hideaway for a Botswana safari. What makes Ghoha different? Aside from a wealth of game viewing, the unassuming atmosphere of the lodge, the natural camaraderie between staff, rangers and lodge management; the absolute peaceful luxury of the lodge is yet another reason to stay at Ghoha. Atmosphere is a hard thing to create, but Nanette and Abraham are quite the duo. If you’re after a Botswana safari with all the amenities of home, a relaxed atmosphere and unobtrusive yet welcoming hosts, Ghoha is the perfect place for a Botswana safari. From the Savuti airstrip it’s about a 40 minute drive to the lodge. Depending on arrival time, you’ll generally head out in the evening to enjoy sundowners at the large baobab tree which sits at the base of the hill and proudly watches out over the land. Evenings are spent dining on simple, yet gourmet food and swapping stories around the campfire. On one of the evenings, the in-house choir will provide a bit of entertainment, which is a delightful combination of traditional song and dance. This resonant sound and joyous singing will pull you into the African spirit of things – it’s not something you’re likely to forget. When you’re not enjoying the spoils of African song, you have the option of star gazing through a powerful modern telescope. Here’s where you’ll see the rings of Jupiter, the Southern Cross and Scorpio, among other constellations. In terms of game viewing, there are drives out the hide on the property which overlooks the expansive waterhole. There are also drives out the hide which overlook an expansive waterhole. Buffalo, elephant and a myriad of wildlife flock to the crusty muddy shores of the waterhole where they indulge in swimming and...

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The Chobe Princess Safari Boat
Jul29

The Chobe Princess Safari Boat

Cruising on the Chobe River on board The Chobe Princess Safari Boat Chobe – The Unassuming African Paradise ‘An unassuming African paradise.’ That sentence describes Chobe in a nutshell. There is something magical about gliding down the serene, idyllic Chobe River onboard the Chobe Princess houseboat. Game viewing is always an exciting affair. But viewing wildlife onboard a boat is a strikingly different experience. Seeing the famous Chobe elephants crossing the river in huge herds is a once in a lifetime occasion. The march of these grey giants is a beautiful, enchanting event not to be missed if you are a true safari enthusiast. But the elephants are by no means the only reason to hop onboard a houseboat and let the vessel float you down the serene Chobe that winds between the borders of two Southern African countries, Namibia and Botswana. There is an abundance of other mammals in the area too, ranging from a variety of antelope to giraffes grazing on the riverbanks. Glance down to see a hippo or ten peek their heads up in the water. The area is also known as a haven for birds. The Chobe birds, in an array of sizes, shapes and colours, delight a visitor to the area with their joyful chirpiness and pure beauty. Listen to their tweets fill the air with exquisite sounds and spot a Kingfisher or the majestic Fish Eagle flying across the African skyline. The Chobe sunsets are a mystical event with red, orange and yellow mixing into a carnival of colours that slowly fade behind the African skyline. And there, on the deck of the Chobe Princess safari boat, watching the day turn into night is when you feel the true charm of Africa. The Chobe Princess Lounge and pool A sitting area Private deck with each cabin a twin bedded cabin a double bedded cabin  ...

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Enjoy free transfer flights between camps when you visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation
May11

Enjoy free transfer flights between camps when you visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation

Visit Botswana or Kenya with Great Plains Conservation & enjoy free internal air transfers between camps ! Travel in style to some of the most beautiful locations, staying in stunning and luxurious camps in Botswana or Kenya from 1 November 2015 to 30 April 2016 and your inter camp charter flights are free! This is a potential saving of US$500 or more per person !! Conservation Tourism is in the heart of Great Plains Conservation camp’s ethos, which they define as “the use of quality led tourism experiences that are environmentally sound, with benefits going specifically into making the conservation of an area viable and sustainable.”  By visiting these beautiful camps you know that a large portion of your cost is going straight back into conservation. Great Plains Conservation are also responsible for the #RhinosWithoutBorders initiative which aims to move 100 rhinos into the safety of the Botswana reserves. Here are some of the beautiful camps that can be included in this offer. Contact the Sun Safaris team for some more info! T&C’s apply and offer is subject to availability and changes.    Zarafa Camp in the Savuti area of Botswana has magnificent villa style tents all with magnificent views over the lagoon. Each tent has a private plunge pool and outdoor showers! Game drives, guided walks and boat cruises are all part of the safari experience at Zarafa.   Selinda Camp is in the north of Botswana, resting on the Selinda Spillway, which links to the Okavango Delta.  Selinda Camp is a stunning tented camp offering both land and water based safari activities.   Duba Plains Camp is a remote and intimate camp on a private concession island deep in the Okavango Delta, only accessible by light aircraft! This is home to the legendary swimming lions as well as National Geographic explorers and Great Plains founders, Dereck and Beverly Joubert.   ol Donyo Lodge is located between two of Kenya’s best wildlife parks, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo east, in the Chyulu Hills. Mount Kilimanjaro is visible from ol Donyo Lodge providing a magnificent backdrop to a range of safari activities which  include horse riding, mountain biking, hiking and learning more about conservation and community projects. Mara Plains Camp lies in prime position on the Ntikitiak River in a private conservancy next to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Walking through a riverine forest to get to the luxury safari tented camp, your views across the East African plains unfold in front of you. This is a wonderful year round wildlife experience as well as a great place to watch the seasonal migration of wildebeest and...

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Ecotourism at Chobe Game Lodge
Feb10

Ecotourism at Chobe Game Lodge

EcoTourism at Chobe Game Lodge Chobe Game Lodge has been in operation for decades. They have seen the effects of an ever changing world is having on our wild spaces and have taken steps to do their bit to protect the environment. Ecotourism is the label given to tourism that gives back or protects the environment. Many of the lodges in Botswana have fantastic social responsibility programs and try to leave as small a footprint on the land as possible. Here is a story about Ecotourism, EcoTours and the Chobe National Park – about a gentleman who has worked here for over 30 years! When Albert Ndereki first worked at Chobe Game Lodge in 1971, beers were a mere US$ 0.04 cents each and guests were expected to wear formal attire at dinner in the evening. Guests flew directly into Chobe National Park with Botswana Airways (now Air Botswana), landing at Serondela Airstrip by the Chobe River and continued to the lodge on a well-graded road. Today, he invites us on one of the first Ecotours now offered by Chobe Game Lodge. From being born in the village of Satau in Northern Botswana to watching Richard Burton serenade Elizabeth Taylor in their private suite after their second wedding, Albert can tell you the stories of how he’s watched Botswana evolve from simple beginnings into the premier destination for safari goers around the world. Albert talks about how challenging it was to establish Chobe Game Lodge, the first 5-star lodge of its kind in Botswana. “Things were very different then, many of the chefs, waiters, managers and other such people came from places like Zimbabwe, South Africa and overseas because there were no trained Batswana to employ” explains Albert. “You know for the food waste at the lodge we used to dispose of it in a hole at the back of the lodge which we buried. During the Chobe River sunset cruises we used to tie reeds to fish so the guests could see the fish eagles fly down in front of them and take the floating fish.” Albert noticed how the African Fish Eagle spent its days watching the boat waiting for its meal and quickly understood that the lodge had a responsibility to the environment and dreamed of changing how things were done. The lodge now actively works towards benefitting the environment and boosting the local Chobe community. Albert now oversees the ecotourism initiatives at Chobe Game Lodge, inviting guests to explore the lodge on an ecotour and discover what goes on behind the scenes. During the ecotour, Albert spends time talking about the community, what he calls...

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Sanctuary Botswana Special from US$4235 per person for 6 nights!
Nov05

Sanctuary Botswana Special from US$4235 per person for 6 nights!

Stanley’s Camp,  Chief’s Camp and  Chobe Chilwero: A Sanctuary Botswana Special Experience some of the most luxurious camps in Botswana!   Visit the Okvanago Delta , the Moremi Game Reserve, and then 2 nights in the Chobe National Park.  This package includes your flights from Maun to the camps and between the camps, and finishes in Kasane. This offer has a whopping 30% discount on the camps and is inclusive of all meals and drinks (excl. premium brands), park fees, laundry service, emergency medical evacuation, morning/evening drives and walking activities. The details of this Sanctuary Botswana Special : Enjoy a 2 night stay at each of the following camps:  Sanctuary Stanley’s Camp, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp and Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero for a total of $4235 per person sharing This offer  is subject to availability and apply to stays completed during the months of January, February and March 2015 – the Green Season in Botswana. Flights included:  from Maun to Stanley’s Camp; Stanley’s Camp to  Chief’s Camp and from  Chief’s Camp to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. Contact us for availability and other...

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Brilliant Botswana Safari – Client Feedback
Oct20

Brilliant Botswana Safari – Client Feedback

Haina Kalahari, Chobe Elephant, Sango Safari and Camp Okavango – A Botswana Discovery review Natasha organised a Brilliant Botswana Safari for Ray and his family. They stayed at Haina Kalahari Lodge, Chobe Elephant Camp, Sango Safari Camp and Camp Okavango and had a wonderful time. They spent time in the Central Kalahari, The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. They had some phenomenal game and bird sightings, there were too many pictures to share them all. Hello Natasha Thank you for getting in touch with me! It was a brilliant Botswana safari, and we enjoyed it tremendously!   I must say kudos to you and your team for insisting we took Kalahari because that turned out to be the family’s favourite destination out of the four places we visited.   You are invited to view the pictures taken on the trip. I wish you well!   Regards Ray Here are a few more of the wonderful pictures Ray took whilst on safari....

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Okavango Delta was Magical – Client Feedback
Oct17

Okavango Delta was Magical – Client Feedback

A review of Savuti Safari Lodge, Xugana Island Lodge and Chobe Game Lodge We received this wonderful feedback from one of Celeste’s guests Lesley. Lesley, Diane and William went on a Botswana Safari, visiting the Okavango Delta, Chobe Game Reserve and the Savuti area of Chobe. It sounds like they managed to see and do so much on their Botswana adventure!     Hello Celeste: The trip worked perfectly. We were met, escorted, and taken care of impeccably. The hotels were just fine. The Desert and Delta safaris more than exceeded our expectations. Plane flights, food, accommodation, guiding, was wonderful. We are hard put to decide which was our favorite place. In the end, I think it’s a tossup between Savuti Safari Lodge and Xugana Island Lodge because of their remoteness, but we probably saw the best game abundance and variety at Chobe Game Lodge, and a most extraordinary gathering of buffalo on the Caprivi plain. Diane liked the room at Chobe Game Lodge especially, but I liked all of them.   We saw a very wide variety of game and birds, except rhino, gemsbok, and sable. Rhino and gemsbok would have been out of range for where we went anyway. We saw lions in prides with cubs almost daily at Chobe and Savuti, glimpsed leopards at Chobe and saw them nicely at Savuti; elephants everywhere including on the bush walks up close and personal; buffalo, zebra, giraffe, steenbok, buffalo, ostrich, scores of giraffe, wildebeest, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, spotted hyenas, kudus, impala, tssesebe, waterbuck, red leschwe, and satatunga clearly several times which is incredibly lucky.   And an absolutely astonishing wild dog hunt after a kudu, which is a tribute to the guiding. That is so rare as to be unobtainable. The kudu got away, to our relief. The wild dogs chased the kudu clear across the plain right past us, as in maybe twenty feet away. When they lost the hunt they came back out and stood around us within a few feet, then started another hunt after impala on the same plain. The impala took off and the dogs gave up. But we had three of them within a few feet of us. We have remarkable photos. We also had an elephant right outside our room at Savuti, taking tree branches down a few feet away. The staff are absolutely doing their best to keep him out with almost daily additions to the electrical fencing but this is a very clever elephant. I’m sure there are other animals we saw that I’ve not listed here. We were also interested in the trees, flowers, and biomes we visited. The Delta...

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