Choosing a place to camp at Chobe National Park in Botswana isn’t as easy as you might think, as I showed in my previous blog. We may have hit on Toro Safari Lodge purely by luck or default, but we were more than happy, as it turned out. Here’s why.
Update: Note that Toro Safari Lodge no longer exists. The facility has been taken over and now trades as Big 5 Chobe Lodge. It still has camping and on a visit in May 2016 I noted that the chalets were being renovated. We went back in May 2019 and enjoyed the peace and quiet once again. You can book for this lodge through Temba, tel +27 21 8550395.
2. Yes, we did hear a barking dog one night, but we also heard hippos most nights, which more than made up for it. Our campsite was even visited by a nagapie (bushbaby) leaping through the trees.
3. Although the campsite itself isn’t on the river, you only have to take a short walk to the main reception/restaurant complex to find some nice green grass to sit on to watch the sun set over the river.
5. We loved the luxury of having our own private thatched kitchen/bathroom hut right there next to our site. It was great not to have to plan our shower time, and not to have to shower after someone else had already made the floor a sopping mess.
6. We were impressed with the maintenance and care of the campsite. Every morning a member of staff came by to check that everything was okay. I did have a small niggle one day and it was resolved within five minutes. That’s pretty special.
8. There’s an Internet café so you can keep tabs on friends, family, work, whatever you need to.
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