Elephant Valley Lodge
Elephant Valley Lodge, on the edge of the Chobe National Park, is an affordable and comfortable safari lodge alternative to the premium-priced options elsewhere in the Chobe area.
Accommodation is in en suite safari tents - built on wooden decks beneath the shade of knobthorn trees. With just 20 tents, the lodge is more intimate than some of the higher priced options on the Chobe River.
The tents' furnishing and amenities are simple and comfortable with hot running water, flushing toilets, fans, safes and mosquito nights for a peaceful night's rest in the Botswana wilderness.
Elephant Valley Lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by elephants and many species of antelope and interesting nocturnal creatures unaffected by the lodge 10 metres away.
The living area looks out over a manicured lawn to the waterhole and features several lounge areas, an open campfire area, dining areas - al fresco dining is a feature here - and a swimming pool.
Rates from US$300-530 – includes all meals and 2 activities per day
Full board accommodation in 20 Meru-style safari tents; en suite bathrooms with hot running water; private balcony; fans; mosquito nets; private safe; lounge, dining area and bar overlooking elephant waterhole; swimming pool; guided game drives in Chobe National Park and river cruise safaris on Chobe River; night drives in Kasane Forest.
Elephant Valley Lodge is inside the Kasane Forest Reserve, a beautiful heavily wooded area adjacent to Chobe National Park and an important migratory route between Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and the lush waterways of the Chobe and Linyanti.
Elephant Valley Lodge offers its safari activities in reverse order to the usual Chobe game viewing schedule in order to avoid the busy safari periods. You will still see other safari vehicles and boats but not as many as usual.
Instead of setting off in the evening, the Chobe River safari takes place in the morning - most other lodges do this in the evening to get the sunset.
Along with fewer boats to spoil your view, the morning boat safari has the added advantage of staying on the river longer, not having to return at sunset and exploring more of the river's banks.
In the afternoon, the game drive into Chobe National Park takes advantage of the relative quiet again and ends with a picnic and sundowner drink at the Chobe River's edge when most animals come to drink.
Page last updated: 17 Sep 2013