I have found myself saying on repeat “photos don’t do this justice”, a sentence that vaguely sums up my time at Chobe Game Lodge. No matter how good a camera or your photography skills may be, nothing can capture the vast Chobe landscape dotted with wildlife as far as the naked eye can see. It can’t capture the peace here at Chobe and it certainly can’t capture how the Chobe family makes you feel, welcoming not only me but all the guests that step through the beautiful welcome chillout lounge for the first time.
On my first day at Chobe Game Lodge I was taught the word Makgoa. It was explained that Makgoa means a white person but it interestingly originates from the first settlers who arrived by boat in neighboring countries and were seemingly ‘spit out by the sea!’ a foreigner or someone not from this land. Although this word and its definition is highly relevant to me, Chobe instantly turned me into a local and so not once did I feel like a Makgoa!
I’ve developed an intense love for Chobe’s flat isolated spaces, giant night sky with clear views of the Milky Way and its epic horizon packed with wildlife.
Chobe’s got under my skin, but after exchanging safari stories and photos with other guests I’ve realised that it’s not only me that has turned Chobe into their new nomadic home. Whether you stay for two days, two weeks or two months – Chobe Game Lodge’s super friendly yet peaceful vibe has a unique way of drawing you in.
Things always run smoothly at the Lodge, whist looking over the vast flood plains on the Chobe Deck of Fame even the animals seem gratified with one another. Giraffe commonly caught walking beside a Zebra, Baboons hang out with the Impala on the river’s edge, even the Hippo beach themselves near a Crocodile to catch some mid-afternoon sun.
I must admit when I first arrived at Chobe National Park it was a weird feeling of being completely off the grid. You develop a sense of isolation whilst spending time in the bush, but with this isolation comes a strong sense of solitude and the more time I’ve spent at Chobe off the grid the more I don’t want to go.
Someone once told me that if I don’t come back from Africa somewhat changed for the better, then you probably don’t have a soul and after my stay here I would say that’s very close to true.
Whilst in Botswana, friends back home have asked me two things ‘How is it!” and “Have you seen lots of animals” to which I reply “Its amazing” and “Yeah lots!’’ but that’s as far as some conversations might get as Chobe Game Lodge is a unique section of the world, somewhere you can’t explain and somewhere you just have to experience for yourself!
By Camille Music