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New luxury lodge to open in Namibia’s Caprivi Strip

Tour operator Gane and Marshall launches new tour featuring Chobe Water Villas, Namibia’s Newest Luxury Accommodation

Adventure and wildlife tour operator Gane and Marshall has announced a new seven-night ‘Caprivi and Chobe Safari’, which will take guests to the eastern corner of the Caprivi Strip, where Namibia meets Botswana and Zambia. Staying first in Zambia, travellers then head to Namibia to stay at Chobe Water Villas, the region’s newest luxury lodge.

Opening on 1 July 2016, Chobe Water Villas is an exclusive and intimate lodge, accommodating guests in 16 raised villas in the 150km² Namibian Kasika Conservancy. All the villas are situated directly on the edge of a lagoon, enjoying direct views of Sedudu Island, Chobe National Park and the Safari Town of Kasane in Botswana. 

Chobe Water Villas will host a maximum of 32 guests in its uniquely positioned villas, lounges, bar, restaurant, infinity pool, pool desk and African “Boma”, a shielded area once used to protect both man and livestock, but now a traditional place to enjoy a “Braai” (BBQ) and camp fire while on safari.

The luxurious water villas have 85m² of living space, including lounge and bedroom areas, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors which fold back completely, opening up to the 19m² front terrace with built in day-bed and views of the Chobe River. Every villa also has a 12m² rear terrace which faces the natural bush and is the perfect spot to enjoy spectacular evening sunsets. 

Under thatch and partially open to the gardens, the Main Lodge building overlooks the spectacular infinity pool and pool deck, blessed with unobstructed views of the neighbouring rivers and national parks. The Main Lodge features a 36-seat restaurant, cosy cocktail bar and library lounge with complimentary all day butler station. 

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon high tea, sun-downer drinks, dinner and “night-caps” will be enjoyed al fresco whilst guests view wildlife along the river. Passionate chefs will prepare meals which tastefully fuse African and European recipes and ingredients, including the renowned Namibian beef. 

Chobe Water Villas is located at the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, where the borders of four countries meet - Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The region boasts the greatest density of wildlife of any river system in the world and includes elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, 18 species of antelope and 460 bird species. Chobe National Park itself is furthermore home to giraffe, wild dog, leopard, cheetah, jackal, hyena and one of the greatest zebra migrations in the world. 

Gane and Marshall’s new ‘Caprivi and Chobe Safari’ itinerary brings a chance to stay at Chobe Water Villas and also explore Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Chobe National Park and the remote territories of the Caprivi Strip. 

Flying overnight from London to Livingstone in Zambia via Johannesburg, South Africa, travellers will first spend two nights at Stanley Safari Lodge on a full-board basis. Perched on a high hill overlooking the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, 3kms from Victoria Falls, Stanley’s Safari Lodge is a lavish, colonial-style lodge with 10 cottages, all open-sided to make the most of the sights and sounds of the Zambezi Valley. A guided tour of the Victoria Falls and an evening cruise on the Zambezi is included in the itinerary.  

Via a 2/3-hour journey across two borders, guests will first travel to Kasane, Botswana on a 1½ hour private driven transfer, and then on to Namibia’s Caprivi Strip via a 15-minute boat transfer on the Chobe River. 

Guests will arrive at Chobe Water Villas for a four-night stay on a full-board basis. Morning and afternoon safari activities are included in the itinerary. A typical day might start with a 4/5-hour game drive on Sedudu Island or into the core areas of Chobe National Park, followed by a sunset river cruise on the Chobe River. Full-day safaris, mokoro (canoe) excursions, guided village visits, fishing and specialist photography tours can also be arranged, some at additional cost.

On day eight and, after breakfast at the new lodge, guests will return to Kasane via the Chobe River and transfer to Kasane Airport for onward travel connections. If guests wish to extend their time in Africa, Gane and Marshall can add a tailor-made visit to the Okavango Delta or the Kalahari Desert to the itinerary.

Available from 1 July 2016, the ‘Caprivi and Chobe Safari’ will be available year-round. Prices start from £1,899 per person (low season), based on twin share. High-season prices start from £2,795 per person. This includes two nights at Stanley Safari Lodge (Zambia) on a full-board basis, four nights at Chobe Water Villas (Namibia) on a full-board basis, internal transfers, safari activities and tours, national park fees and private guide and vehicle. International return flights start from an additional £750 with BA, in and out of Livingstone from London Heathrow and via Johannesburg.

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