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New lodge seeks name

New lodge seeks name

New lodge seeks name

The Chobe National Park hosts the largest concentration of elephant in the world. Forming the boundary of the northeast section of the park is the ChobeRiver, where the nearby Zambezi River also contributes to the formation of massive wetlands. This year-round source of water and abundant grazing is a natural magnet to game viewers and bird watchers alike.

On the north bank of the Chobe River, which also forms the international boundary between Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip (now known as the Zambezi Region), long-time tour operator and wildlife enthusiast Brett McDonald has embarked on a new project. Following the successful relaunch and subsequent sale of the renowned Zambezi Queen, he has regenerated the site used for the building of the Zambezi Queen.

A lodge known as Kings Den onthis Namibian sitehad been repeatedly flooded, leading to its abandonment. The project at hand was now to raise the existing ten riverside lodges and the main lodge area a metre higher in order to avoid future flooding. With the environment in mind, all the material from the old structures was to be reused. This has been successfully done and what once was walling is now flooring and what once was steel roof structure now increases the floor plan from 42m2 per room to 75m2.

The new design willsee 16 thatched riverside lodges, each with its own plunge pool. The extensive public area will overlook a rim flow pool and have built-in water features. The central dining area will feature a theatre kitchen where guests will be able to see the chefs at work preparing specialities from the area.

McDonald has also designed a 230m2 floating restaurant which will be accessed only by mokoro. This restaurant will prepare full traditional meals in a serene environment.

The view ofSeduduisland is alwaysbreathtaking due to the density of game on the island. The value of the game viewing experience on this island nearly led to a war between Namibia and Botswana as each country claimed ownership of the island. The dispute was finally settled in favour of Botswana at The Hague during 1999 where the presidents of both countries signed an agreement now known as the KasaneCommunique.

In this important document full traversing rights were given to tourism boats from both countries to enter the territorial waters of each country without hindrance. This has maximised the game viewing opportunity where there is a greater density of wildlife than on any other section of water in the world.

McDonald has yet to name his new lodge and has asked the readers of the Zambezi Traveller to assist. The winning entry will win a prize of three nights full board at the new lodge. Email your entry to brett@flameofafrica.com. The name of the lodge must include the word Chobe.

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