Kubu Lodge, Botswana

Stretched out over 4,250sq miles, the Chobe National Park’s clay pans, floodplains and woodland are home to one of Africa’s largest concentrations of flora and fauna.Tuesday, June 6, 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Stretched out over 4,250sq miles, the Chobe National Park’s clay pans, floodplains and woodland are home to one of Africa’s largest concentrations of flora and fauna. But it’s the Chobe River on the park’s northern border that steals the show: the cobalt strip snaking through central Africa transforms this area into a magnet for the park’s wild inhabitants.

Commandeering a prime position, yet blending effortlessly into the raw wilderness, Kubu Lodge is an intimate retreat for wildlife aficionados. Just outside the safari gateway town of Kasane, the lodge is set within 74 acres, dotted with giant ebony and wild fig trees. Guests can bed down in one of 11 thatched chalets with pared-back decor and local design accents, spread out across a lawn that leads down to the riverbank. Just beyond each chalet’s private verandah, elegant Chobe bushbuck antelope can be spotted grazing

Visitors can wander down to the water’s edge to discover just why the Kubu Lodge takes its name from the Setswana word for ‘hippo’ — telltale ears can be seen just above the water’s surface. The riverside saltwater pool is the perfect spot to soak up the views before heading to the Leathaba Restaurant, where refined European and traditional African influences create unforgettable dishes

To explore the area just beyond the lodge’s boundaries, a safari game drive or a boat cruise along the river into the Chobe National Park will get travellers close to Africa’s largest population of elephants. Guests can venture out on a sunset cruise to the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, where Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia share a border. Also on offer are fishing trips, an excursion to a crocodile farm or a visit to the World of Wildlife and Biodiversity Centre, home to snakes, birds and reptiles

Back at the lodge, guests can strike out on a walk through the lodge’s woodland — located on a major avian migration route, any of more than 400 feathered species can be glimpsed winging their way overhead. Come evening, the elevated Morubisi bar is the perfect spot to sample award-winning Cape wine

Need to know

Key facilities

• 11 thatched wooden chalets
• Swimming pool
• Riverfront verandah

Key activities

• Nature walks
• Game drives
• Boat cruises
• Fishing
• Trip to World of Wildlife and Biodiversity Centre
• Visit to a working crocodile farm

Contact

T: +267 625 0312 / +267 7126 5000
E: reservations@kubulodge.net
kubulodge.net

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