Chobe Under Canvas

Chobe National Park, Botswana

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Chobe Under Canvas

Live out the adventure of a lifetime as close to nature as you can get, in the relaxing solitude of the African landscape. Comfortable tents with ensuite bathrooms at secluded campsites in the game-rich Chobe National Park offer personal encounters with Botswana’s wildlife.



We Love
  • The rustic charm of camping combined with the comfort of full service camp
  • Game drives include beautiful views over the Chobe river, with very high densities of elephant, buffalo and hippo
  • Known for thrilling, action-packed interactions between species
  • Only place in Botswana to see the puku and Chobe bushbuck
Need to Know
  • The camp moves to a different site every five or six days, ensuring that game drives constantly explore fresh areas.
  • The campsites are not fenced off and we request guests be extremely vigilant at all times. Guests are accompanied at all times when walking around the lodge at night.
  • The camp closures operate seasonally and vary from year to year (availability on request).
  • Conservancy and park entrance fees are not included in the above mentioned rates where applicable - these are charged per 24-hour period

The Review

Set in secluded campsites in the game-rich Chobe National Park, five ensuite safari tents form an intimate cluster of warmth and comfort. Each campsite is tucked in the shade of a dense forest deep in the pristine African bush with a maximum of ten guests. Night time noises filter through canvas walls and well-used animal trails bring unexpected visitors to thrill and delight.

Among the great game reserves of the world, Chobe National Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephant on the African continent. It is also well known for large herds of buffalo, as well as the two antelope that cannot be encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and Chobe bushbuck.

Chobe offers both dry savannah and floodplains. Dense teak woodland provides thick cover in the north-eastern parts of the reserve. Watching the elephant families drink and bathe in the river is an unforgettable sight, all the more impressive when herds of buffalo, rafts of hippo and gigantic Nile crocodiles are part of the scene. Lion and spotted hyena are frequently seen on the floodplains, where red lechwe, puku, zebra, sable and roan come out to graze.

Why Stay
Each canvas tent boasts a comfortable double bed, as well as an ensuite bathroom with flush w.c and steaming hot bucket shower, with water delivered on request. The guest areas comprise spacious tents for dining, pre-dinner drinks or simply whiling away the time between game drives with a good book and frosted beer or glass of wine. Delicious meals cooked over the coals are shared around a blazing fire.

As dawn breaks over the bush, tea is served. Your guide will discuss what you hope to see before setting out in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. You may be lucky enough to spot predators feasting on their kill from the night before or herds of buffalo grazing before the heat of the day. Hot drink and snacks are carried in the vehicle.

Return to the Camp for hot breakfast, and hot bucket-shower followed by a quick siesta before lunch. Afternoon tea and drive out for game drive. Return to the camp for dinner served under African skies. Then relax around a glowing campfire.

Getting There

Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the easiest route into Botswana. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or directly to Kasane Airport. From Maun, it is a short flight by light aircraft to Kasane Airport, where guests are welcomed by ground staff. From Kasane, approximately an hours drive in an open safari vehicle completes the journey to the camp.

Chobe Under Canvas Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe Under Canvas
Chobe National Park

Well-used animal trails meander between five ensuite safari tents at Chobe Under Canvas, positioned at exclusive campsites in the northern reaches of the park, within driving distance of the Chobe River. Tents have ensuite bathrooms with al fresco hot bucket showers while meals are freshly prepared over an open fire,

Rating                         Classic Camp
Type                           Safari Camp
No. Rooms                   5 classic tents
Max Occupants             10 guests
Occupancy/Tent            2 (children 16 years and younger in classic tents only)
Interests:                     Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Internet                       Yes, within guest area only
Credit Cards                 Visa and Master Card

Electricity & Water
Lamps in the tents are powered by 12v in vehicles. There is no generator in the camps and the camp is unable to provide electricity 24 hours a day. Drinking bottled water is available.


Children Policy
    Children 5 years and younger cannot participate in regular game drives;
    Children aged 6 to 11 can participate in regular game drives at the lodge manager’s discretion
    Children of 17 years and above will be charged at full rate.

Other Policies
    All stocked drinks are included in the nightly tariff.
    Laundry is done daily and is inclusive in the nightly tariff with the exception of “smalls” i.e. underwear, which are not washed due to local customs.
    Curios and tips/gratuities can be settled on check out. Payment by credit cards is not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay.
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.
    Please note that park fees and government charges may apply. Speak to your travel consultant for more details.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:     12:00 PM
    Check out:     08:00 AM
    Suggested stay:  1 night


Chobe National Park

Renowned as one of the top wildlife reserves in the world, Chobe National Park is home to the largest concentration of elephant on the African continent. The vast elephant population has had a significant impact on the park, thinning out the dense riverine thickets on the banks of the Chobe River. The huge bulk of these majestic animals require almost  150 kg of fodder each day, with grass, leaves or even tree branches making up their diet. Elephant herds rely upon their matriarch to lead them to the best feeding and water sites, with individuals seldom straying from each other and ready to come to the aid of a family member who is in trouble.

Chobe also boasts two antelopes rarely encountered elsewhere in Botswana - the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. The puku, with their shaggy orange-brown coats and V-shaped horns, can be spotted grazing the floodplains. Always on the lookout for predators, a repetitive whistle is used to warn fellow herd members. In contrast, the Chobe bushbuck is nocturnal and rarely forms groups of more than one pair. Rarely seen, this shy antelope, with its short, spiral horns relies on a sharp bark as an alarm call when threatened. Both the puku and the bushbuck have a number of predators to contend with, from lion, hyena and leopard, to African wild dog, civet and caracal.

Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Winters (from May to September) are dry and cool and nights can be chilly. Rainfall occurs from October or November until March. The temperature during the year is as follow:    

Summer: Average of 18˚C to 32˚C/64˚F to 90˚F, although temperatures can rise over 40˚C/104˚F
Winter: 8˚C to 21˚C/46˚F to 70˚F, although temperatures can drop below 0˚C/32˚F

US dollar bills printed between 1996 and 1999 are not accepted in Kenya or Tanzania, as there was a large amount of illegal processing of dollar bills in East African during that time. Traveller’s cheques are no longer accepted in Kenya due to fraud

Visa and Health
Camps are situated in malaria areas and precautions should be taken; tents are fully netted and insect-proof

All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp. Extensions are available for up to three months. You may be asked to show an onward air ticket or proof of sufficient funds for your intended stay.

Getting There

Most major international airlines from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia fly to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is the easiest route into Botswana. Air Botswana operates scheduled flights to Maun or directly to Kasane Airport. From Maun, it is a short flight by light aircraft to Kasane Airport, where guests are welcomed by ground staff. From Kasane, approximately an hours drive in an open safari vehicle completes the journey to the camp.

Light aircraft transfers have 15kg luggage restrictions in soft, squashable bags plus 5kg of hand luggage. The size of the cargo pod of a Cessna 206, which is generally used on inter-camp transfers, is 72cm wide and 29 cm high. Travellers going for safaris are advised not to take hard suitcases as they will not fit on light aircrafts.