Fantastic Game Viewing
Each morning and afternoon the 8-seater boat will head out to explore the Chobe River for game viewing and photography. Generally, each of these activities last between three and four hours depending on what we encounter. The Chobe River is one of the easiest places in Africa to see large herds of elephants as they come down to the river to drink. If you are lucky you might even get to see them swimming across the river – always a very special sighting.
Along with the elephants there are plenty of other large mammals like Hippo and Buffalo along with very relaxed crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks. there are plenty of antelope species including Red Lechwe, Puku, Giraffe and on occasion Sable.
As to the predators we often have sightings of lions and wild dogs on the open plains and once in a while at a certain spot we have leopard. The houseboat works very well with destinations in The Okavango Delta where there is a higher density of predators.
In the mornings we will take a “hot box” with us containing tea, coffee, water and some snacks. In the afternoon your guide will pack a “cool box” with drinks of your choice.
If you have a camera with a telephoto lens and a lens collar, please ask your guide for a base plate so that you can utilise the gimbals on the seat. If you would rather not have the gimbal and you just want to enjoy the scenery this can be removed from your seat with ease to give you a bit more room to get comfy.
Due to the diverse array of habitats, the Chobe certainly qualifies as an important birding area. Renowned birder Warwick Tarboten has compiled a list of over 390 bird species that can be seen from the boats alone. This does not include those that can be seen away from the river.
This list includes 14 birds that are of exceptional interest: Slaty egret, Western Banded Snake Eagle, Rock Pratincole, African Skimmer, Schalow’s Turaco, Coppery tailed Coucal, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Greater Swamp Warbler, Chirping Cisticola, Luapula Cisticola, Shelley’s Sunbird, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Brown Firefinch and the Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah.
The Chobe River has one of the highest densities of Fish Eagles in Africa along with other iconic migratory species such as African Skimmers and Carmin Bee-Eaters.
The guides are themselves exceptional birders and very happy to help seek out specific species that you may want to view. The first quarter of the year is especially good for birding as the Summer migrants arrive.
The settlements in the area are home to many members of the extended families of the Pangolin Voyager Crew and if you would like to visit one of these villages please chat to your guide and a visit will be arranged for you either in the morning or the afternoon.
The local population are predominantly subsistence fishermen who have inhabited this area for generations. During the visit you will learn more about life in the Caprivi as well as have the opportunity to purchase some curios made by local artisans.
Ask your guide to take you for a walk on the floodplains, or on the nearby Impalila Island.
For the more adventurous you can climb a giant baobab tree at the point where the four countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet.
The walk is a gentle one among the giant baobabs with plenty of opportunities to see the forest dwelling birds of the region.
Going on safari can be quite exhausting sometimes with lots of early starts and late evenings and we often forget that this is also a holiday and an opportunity to relax a little from the frenetic pace of modern life.
We therefore invite you, should you feel the urge, to skip an activity or two and enjoy relaxing on the houseboat with a good book, a glass of something refreshing and a beautiful view of the Chobe National Park and its wildlife.