Chobe Under Canvas
traditional Camp | Linyanti / Savuti Reserves, Botswana
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Chobe National Park is world-renowned for its big herds of elephant and buffalo. At Chobe Under Canvas, inside the park, this is as close as it gets to living in the wild while still maintaining delightful ‘creature comforts.’ Surrounded by the solitude of the African wilderness, expect intimate encounters with wildlife along well-used animal trails that meander between the tents.
Our Expert Says
At the end of each day on safari on Chobe National Park, I felt supremely pampered returning to Chobe under Canvas, an intimate camp with just five tents, set in the midst of all the wildlife. I was even assigned a private butler to attend to my every need! The wildlife highlight for me was watching elephant families drink and bathe in the river!
– Aly Jacobsen
Location: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Number of Rooms: 5
Chobe Under Canvas is a mobile safari camp comprising five spacious, canvas-sided tents at private, secluded campsites, carefully positioned for proximity to resident wildlife. The camp offers surprising comforts for its removed location: en suite bathrooms with al fresco hot bucket showers, generous double beds with cozy duvets, atmospheric lanterns and shaded verandas with twin director chairs. As the sunrise hues emerge, your butler’s voice summons you from slumber as he leaves a tray of tea, coffee and homemade biscuits. Morning and late afternoon wildlife drives and river cruises are separated by a midday siesta—time to relax with a book in the canvas-shaded common area or simply take in the wilderness panorama from your tent’s private veranda. Share enthralling stories from the day’s safari events as evening cocktails are served around a blazing fire, while fine dining delights are prepared for your bush dinner under the stars.
Facilities & Amenities
- En suite bathroom with safari shower
- 220v charging outlets in vehicles
- Laundry included
- Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
Chobe National Park boasts some of the largest wildlife concentrations in Africa, including the largest elephant herds in the world (approximately 120,000). So many elephants have thinned the riverine forest in their search for fodder, making it easy to view other wildlife in the largely open environs. In addition to the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard), look for puku and Chobe bushbuck, seen nowhere else in Botswana. More than 450 bird species have also been recorded in Chobe. Early morning and late afternoon wildlife drives from Chobe Under Canvas are incredible tracking adventures. An exciting safari addition is a leisurely boat cruise on the Chobe River, where you’re sure to see elephants, hippos and crocodiles. Many species come down to the water to drink, while occasionally a whole herd of elephant will take a refreshing bath in the river. Bird sightings are also plentiful along the river’s edge.
The below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the Linyanti Reserve adjacent to the Chobe National Park. This area is well known for elephant herds, which are at their peak in the drier months of July to October, and it's a great location to track wild dogs and see lion. A variety of other mammals, birds and reptiles may be seen as well. Exact sightings will depend on weather trends and wildlife movements.
|Botswana||Linyanti / Savuti Reserves|
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|January||88° F||63° F||5.55 in|
|31° C||17° C||141 mm|
|February||86° F||63° F||4.96 in|
|30° C||17° C||126 mm|
|March||82° F||61° F||2.99 in|
|27° C||16° C||76 mm|
|April||81° F||61° F||0.94 in|
|27° C||16° C||24 mm|
|May||75° F||57° F||0.12 in|
|23° C||13° C||3 mm|
|June||72° F||48° F||0.0 in|
|22° C||8° C||0 mm|
|July||70° F||45° F||0.0 in|
|21° C||7° C||0 mm|
|August||70° F||50° F||0.0 in|
|21° C||10° C||0 mm|
|September||75° F||57° F||0.12 in|
|23° C||13° C||3 mm|
|October||91° F||64° F||0.71 in|
|32° C||17° C||18 mm|
|November||86° F||63° F||2.28 in|
|30° C||17° C||58 mm|
|December||88° F||64° F||4.53 in|
|31° C||17° C||115 mm|
The owners of Chobe Under Canvas are committed to protecting Africa's threatened ecosystems, endangered species and crucial biodiversity through a model of low-impact, high-yield responsible luxury adventure tourism. Their core values are embodied in the guiding mantra, “Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People.” As a mobile camp, the environmental footprint of Chobe Under Canvas is small. Campsites are meticulously cleaned before moving on to the next, and waste is disposed of responsibiy. By placing an economic value on conservation and well-cared-for wild land, and ensuring that local communities benefit from safari activities, Chobe Under Canvas’s owners hope to ensure that these wild areas have a sustainable future. The company contributes to a variety of conservation organizations, independent research projects and educational initiatives. Children and teachers at schools in the communities surrounding Chobe Under Canvas are invited to partake in interactive conservation lessons.