In 2016, we bought the piece of land on which the Pangolin Chobe Hotel now stands. We chose this location for 2 reasons. Firstly, the position of the land is possibly the closest to the park gates, as well as the jetty on the river from where you enter the Chobe National Park. This allows us to be among the first people into the park, and the last out every day. Secondly, the view from our position on the hill overlooking the Chobe floodplains is quite extraordinary. With the sun setting directly in front of the lodge, this location affords us some of the most spectacular sunsets in Botswana.
The Pangolin Chobe Hotel is situated on the hill above the town of Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. We are a three-minute drive from the newly rebuilt Kasane International airport and 15 minutes from the borders of both Zimbabwe and Zambia for road transfers from the mighty Victoria Falls, which is where most of our clients start their African photo Safari. Kasane airport is serviced by both SA Airlink and Air Botswana on a daily basis, with flights to and from Johannesburg. The flight from Johannesburg takes approximately two hours.
At the Pangolin Chobe Hotel, we have a total of 14 bedrooms. The bedrooms are configured as either double beds (9 rooms) or two singles (5 rooms with two double beds) and all ensuite with the toilet and shower. Each of the rooms has a private balcony. The rooms are all air-conditioned with plenty of plug points, tea and coffee station and places to store camera gear and luggage along with a safe.
The heart of the Pangolin Chobe hotel is the dining room, editing area, bar and pool terrace. The aim of the Pangolins Chobe hotel is to have an inclusive elegant and relaxed atmosphere where you immediately feel like you are a part of a club. The walls are adorned with amazing wildlife images to inspire you, and there are plenty of places to relax and spend time with your fellow travellers. On the upper floor is the bar with spectacular views over the pool terrace and the Chobe River and Caprivi floodplains. Below is a large dining area where we all eat our meals together either inside or out on the terrace. Leading on from the dining area is the pool deck. The centrepiece of the eco-pool is the sunken lounge with a fire pit to enjoy in the evenings before or after dinner. There’s room for everyone! On certain evenings, we like to have a braai (a South African barbecue) around the fire. This is a great way to enjoy the space as we utilise the whole of the pool deck and dining areas.
Leading off the gallery is an air-conditioned editing suite with room for 16 photographers wanting to work on their images at any time during the day or night. Its is dark enough to work on a laptop (you must bring your own) and should you be joining us as part of a workshop or group this room will be made available to you privately for at least an hour each day.
There is wifi throughout the Pangolin Chobe Hotel and although it is not as fast as services in other parts of the world its certainly sufficient for browsing, social media updates and downloads of a reasonable size.
The Chobe National Park is probably one of the best reserves in Africa for wildlife photography. Not only can we enjoy our photography from land and water, but the animals tend to be far more relaxed in the Chobe and many other places.
The Pangolin Chobe Hotel will, of course, offer our signature activities on the photo boat, and our selection of custom-built vehicles including the mighty Unimog. Staying at the lodge includes morning and afternoon activities on the river or on land in the park along with free DSLR camera rental and memory cards for you to fill with amazing wildlife images.
2018 Dates & Rates
|Low Season||High Season|
|1 November – 31 December||Opening – 31 October|
|$295 pps||$395 pps|
- Full board and accommodation in en-suite, air-conditioned rooms
- All meals (brunch, high tea and dinner) and selected drinks (wine, local beers, soft drinks and spirits)
- Twice daily photo safari activities (photo boat or game drive)
- Cameras, lenses, tuition by resident photo host and memory cards supplied
- Park fees and bed levies
- Airport transfers in Kasane
- All items not mentioned in the inclusions
- Transfers other than mentioned
- Items of a personal nature