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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 along 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 where the tar ends and becomes a four wheel drive road for the last ten kilometres to the lodge, Thobolo’s is ideally situated along a well driven route to Savuti, Moremi and Maun.  The lodge overlooks 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.  Thobolo’s does offer easy day game drives to the Savuti Marsh area, Linyanti River and the upper section of the Chobe River front in the National Park, entering through the Ngoma entrance gate.  Nearby Kachikau Village, which is one of the oldest villages in this area, boasts a very well stocked Botswana Basket shop and other attractions.  An ideal base for the four wheel drive fraternity. In addition, the lodge offers transfers for the 2×4 fraternity by providing a secure lock-up in nearby Kachikau.  Day drives into these prime wildlife destinations of Botswana are therefore available to all. The lodge is the first of its kind in Botswana for a number of reasons. The lodge has been built using a system called LGS construction (light gauge steel) which is being recognized world wide as one the greenest building methods available.  Thobolo’s Bush Lodge has received the ECO TOURISM LEVEL – the highest eco level available.

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The lodge provides electricity entirely by solar.  The Sun Trackers is a cutting edge system with solar panels that move and follow the path of the sun throughout the day. A standby generator is used in the event of continuous overcast days to charge batteries, when necessary.  No indigenous timbers have being utilized throughout the construction process.  Thobolo’s is a self catered lodge, a major shift from the normal lodge system that prevails in Botswana, making it an attractive affordable destination.

Each of the twelve Chalets comprise of a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and two luxury en suite bedrooms with twin three quarter beds per bedroom. The upstairs entertainment viewing area overlooks the pans and are complete with a counter and bar chairs. The lodge offers 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 curio shop supplying all the basic requirements on the ground floor and a well equipped bar, lounge with library and viewing deck on the second floor. The main lodge overlooks the small pan directly in front and Barangwe Pan a couple of hundred meters beyond.

The small pans water 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 wild dog are also frequent visitors. Every night the lodge is serenaded by cries from the 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.  We look forward to sharing the experience!