Here is one of Africa’s must do’s… the Chobe Boardwalk & Deck – 250 metres of elevated boardwalk along the Chobe River in Chobe National Park, Botswana, home to the world’s highest concentration of African elephants
Renowned for views across the floodplain where herds of elephants congregate, the boardwalk ends at the ‘Far Deck’ where there is nothing between you and the wildlife, the only barrier being elevation. Nestled around a Mahogany tree ten metres above the river, the Far Deck, made using eco-friendly recycled timber plastics, is furnished with large couches, sun-umbrellas, dining areas and, of course, a fully stocked bar to enjoy the exceptional scenes unfolding before your eyes with the refreshing drink of your choice.
The Chobe Deck could well one of Africa’s most spectacular locations for enjoying seeing the largest land mammals on earth roam the wild. Elephant herds congregating on the floodplain in front of the deck can reach over 300 individuals during certain times of the year. Sable and puku antelope often graze the floodplains in front of the deck, along with numerous giraffe and other antelope. Civets and porcupines live below the boardwalk, buffalo are regulars, and sightings of predators such as lion and leopard are not uncommon from the Far Deck either.
To experience the Chobe Boardwalk & Deck, you need to book a stay at the iconic Chobe Game Lodge, the first and only lodge to be built in Botswana’s world-renowned Chobe National Park riverfront. A stay of three nights or more is recommended, so that you have a chance to take time out of your safari activity options to enjoy a peaceful afternoon on the Far Deck.