Cape Town to Chobe on a budget

Written by: Lynn Harding

I live in Cape Town and have had the opportunity to go on a few safaris within South Africa but my recent trip to Botswana’s Chobe National Park was amazingly different.

chobe game drive

Initially I was quite surprised to find a Botswana safari that I could afford. After a family discussion, we chose a three day-two night camping trip in the north of Chobe National Park. To get around the high costs of flying directly to Botswana, we decided to fly to Livingstone and that way we also got to spend time visiting Victoria Falls. It ended up costing us just over R3,000 per person (excluding flights) for three couples.

As the camping safari was a group trip we got to meet people from all over the world, and we feel this enriched and enhanced our overall experience.

chobe camp fire

From our hotel in Livingstone, we drove one hour to the border, where a small boat took us across the Chobe River to Botswana. Our adventure started with a Chobe River safari, where we got to see hippos, crocodiles, elephants and many bird species.

chobe river elephants

After we witnessed the most spectacular sunset we were taken to camp. When we arrived the camp was nicely set up, with good tents and a shower and we enjoyed a delicious but basic meal under a communal tent with wine that was already included in the price. The tents were in the middle of the Chobe National Park which meant the animals were free to roam around the camp site.

chobe botswana camping

chobe camping

During our journey we were lucky enough to follow a group of seven lions every morning and on our last night we could hear them roaring all night. We also saw large numbers of elephants, impalas and baboons and on one afternoon game drive we even saw wild dogs hunting.

chobe lion

chobe game drive elephants

I would highly recommend spending a few nights on a Chobe National Park camping safari. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and have precious memories of our Chobe safari.

chobe camp



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