my wife and I are planning a trip to Chobe national park this May. We would love to do a self-drive safari, and would start and end in Kasane, with a duration of 5 days.
After quite a bit of research, there are still questions left which we didn't find satisfactory information on. Some of them might be obvious to you; for us it will be the first time in Africa, and we want to be prepared.
As far as I am aware of, you are not allowed to get out of your car in the national park when you are on a self-drive safari. That is understandable since there might be dangerous animals around. But what do you do when you get stuck with your car, e.g. in deep sand? (Which doesn't seem to be a very unlikely scenario despite of we'll have a 4x4 drive).
My next question goes in a similar direction. Originally we thought we'll stay in the camps, sleep in a roof top tent and cook on gas stove for example. Then I read that most camps in Chobe are unfenced. How do we have to imagine it with the animals there? Do we need to be concerned every minute we're out of the car, for example when we go to the toilet?
Just to clarify: of course we want to go to Chobe to see the spectacular wildlife. We just would like to avoid that animals consider us as their dinner ;) So what are the general means to keep animals in safe distance?
A few more questions:
- There are 3 public campsites (e.g. Ihaha) in Chobe as far as I know. Is there a list of the private operated camps somewhere?
- Where can we find a detailed map of the “roads” in Chobe? Information about picnic spots and ablutions would also be handy.
- We will be in Chobe in the end of May. Is that generally a good time for a self-drive safari (wildlife, road conditions...)
- We would like to do a river safari as well. Is Kasane a good starting point for that? Shall we organise that in advance, or is it sufficient to do that when we are in the area?
Thank you for your help! Any comment will be appreciated!
Also if you have things in mind which we must consider, items we must not forget to bring or locations in Chobe we shouldn't miss out on, let me know.