The stunning five-star Chobe Game Lodge, owned and operated by Desert & Delta Safari’s, has announced the completion of its fleet of solar-powered safari boats – a revolutionary development in the African Safari Industry.
A first for the continent, Chobe Game Lodge is the only safari lodge to operate a full fleet of electric boats. The luxury lodge is leading the way when it comes to ecological and sustainability initiatives and the completion of its fleet of fully electric, solar-powered boats is further testament to its ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting the environment. Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent game lodge in the Chobe National Park, along the Chobe River and has been awarded full eco grading by the Botswana Tourism Board.
BOTSWANA’S FIRST FLEET OF ELECTRIC BOATS – AN UNPRECEDENTED STEP IN ECOTOURISM
Sustainability is at the core of Desert & Delta’s CARES philosophy, providing guests with a true wilderness experience whilst preserving the outstanding natural beauty of some of Africa’s most pristine conservation areas. Chobe Game Lodge’s unprecedented electric safari boats were first introduced in 2014, setting the standard for ecotourism in Botswana. In late 2019 Chobe Game Lodge became the first lodge in the country to have a full and comprehensive fleet of electric boats. Each high specification boat is fully customised and bespoke and costed approximately $50,000 to convert. The electricity used is entirely renewable, supplied by a solar field that was specifically constructed to provide power to on-site electric game vehicles and contribute to Chobe Game Lodges’ main power grid.
These incredible boats are highly manoeuvrable, perfect for tranquil sunset cruises or viewing the breath-taking wildlife that inhabits the Chobe National Park. The Chobe National Park boasts the highest concentration of elephants on the planet and is one of Botswana’s most reliable year-round game and predator viewing destinations. Wildlife roams in abundance during the dry season, and the electric safari boats provide guests with the opportunity see vast herds of buffalo congregating on the fertile flood plains along the Chobe River to drink, bathe and play. There are also frequent sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope.
CHOBE GAME LODGE
Chobe Game Lodge is a haven of peace and privacy where relaxation is effortless. With six comfortably furnished viewing decks along the boardwalk, a riverside boma, two bars, six different lounges and many dining locations, a comfy lounger is never far away, each with a different perspective of the stunning wilderness that surrounds the lodge. A large swimming pool provides welcome relief during hot afternoons and there is always a waiter on hand to bring you refreshments from the bar. Guests can also take advantage of the modern gym and delightful treatments from the in-house beautician.
All Desert & Delta properties are close to airfields and some of the lodges have their own private airstrips. For transfers between lodges, Desert & Delta offer a fully integrated air charter service, operated by their sister company, Safari Air. Established in 1989, Safari Air has a proven safety record in the destination and operates a fleet of aircraft in Botswana. Luggage is restricted to 20 kg per person on Safari Air flights. This 20 kg includes both hand luggage and travel luggage.