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The Lodge

Thobolo’s Bush Lodge is situated one hundred and eight kilometres out of Kasane, all on a good tar road, except for the final ten kilometres into the bush. The route out of Kasane takes one on the main transit road through Chobe National Park towards the Namibian Border Post at Ngoma. Just before the border turn left towards the small village of Kachikau. Here the tar ends and becomes a four wheel drive road for the last ten kilometres to the lodge. The lodge is located above the largest natural pan in the area, Barangwe Pan.

A large Baobab Tree (named The Attitude Tree by The Lodge) welcomes you at the entrance with a boom for access.  All are encouraged to get out and touch the tree before entering. You are welcome to collect it when you depart, if you so wish. As this is on the main route to Savuti, Moremi and Maun, it is very well used by tourists travelling to these destinations. Thobolo’s is an ideal stop. From the lodge, Savuti, Linyanti and the upper section of Chobe National Park entering through the Ngoma entrance gate, are all easy day drives. Visits to Kachikau Village, which is one of the oldest villages in this area, are also well worth while. The village boasts a very well stocked Botswana Basket shop. In addition there is the Kgotla (Traditional Court), a very well run clinic and other attractions. As a result, Thobolo’s is an ideal base for the four wheel drive fraternity. For those that do not have the correct vehicles and equipment, any normal two wheel vehicle can reach Kachikau, leave the car in a secure lock-up and the lodge will ferry quests to and from. All the above mentioned day drives into these prime wildlife destinations of Botswana are available to all. The lodge is the first of its kind in Botswana for a number of reasons. Determined to be the greenest lodge in Botswana the lodge is been built using a system called LGS construction (light gauge steel) which is being recognized world wide as one the greenest building methods available.

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The lodge will be operated totally on solar. A standby generator will only be used in the event of a string of overcast days to charge batteries, if necessary. The lodge electrification and geysers will be operated entirely on solar. No indigenous timbers are being utilized. Now comes the major shift from the normal lodge system that prevails in Botswana, making it an attractive affordable destination. Thobolo’s will be a self catered lodge.

Each of the twelve chalets comprise of a dining/kitchen area and two luxury en suite bedrooms with two three quarter beds per bedroom. The upstairs entertainment viewing area overlooks the pans and are complete with a counter and bar chairs. We will be offering the complete four bedded unit per day as opposed to a single expensive overnight rate, per person. The main building comprises of the reception, a well stocked food store, supplying all the basic requirements on the ground floor and a well equipped bar on the second floor. This large building overlooks the small pan right in front of it and Barangwe Pan a couple of hundred meters beyond.

The small pans’ water in front of the lodge is supplied by two solar operated boreholes.  The daily overflow runs down into Barangwe Pan, keeping it reasonably full. This has resulted in Thobolo’s attracting large numbers of species such as elephant, buffalo, eland, kudu, sable, roan, impala, warthog and many other smaller species visiting on a constant basis. During January and February there are large concentrations of zebra and eland migrating through, although they do visit in lesser numbers throughout the year. Lion, leopard and wilddog are also frequent visitors. Every night the lodge is serenaded by hyena’s. The constant availability of water has also attracted a large number of bird species.The camp is affordable for those who have the 4×4 vehicle visiting the Chobe district (a secure lockup is available for those with 2×2 vehicles in Kachikau and will be collected), plus those who fly in to Kasane for collection and transfer accordingly.  Our site will be constantly upgraded so that the progress and visits from our wild family can be reviewed.