Where is Kubu Lodge?
Kubu Lodge sits in the 'Four Countries' region of Botswana with Zambia, Namibia, and Zimbabwe as neighbours. With easy access via an excellent road network and three international airports close by (Kasane - 15 min, Victoria Falls - 1h15min, Livingstone 1h15min), it is a fitting place from which to start a journey that explores these regions or to finish off a safari across one or all of these countries. For the self-drive (4x4) or mobile safari tourist, Kubu Lodge is the perfect gateway to a classic expedition across Chobe National Park to the enigmatic Savute and onwards to Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta. For the fly-in traveler, seat-in-plane charters depart from Kasane airport several times a day, easily linking Chobe to the wild destinations of the Savute, Linyanti, and Okavango.
What is KAZA?
The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA, is an ambitious conservation project that has been ratified by five governments and is a recognised entity for the region. It seeks to link nationally protected areas with wildlife corridors and private conservancies to expand and solidify the conservation status of the area. At 520,000sq km, it is the size of France! Kasane, the Chobe and by association, Kubu Lodge, sits at its epicentre.
Find out more about KAZA, and how it may impact your journey, by visiting their website.
What to pack?
The answer depends on the type of safari you are undertaking. However, these are the essentials.
- Passport. 6 blank pages & 6 months validity
- Binoculars. To really appreciate the wildlife when it isn't always easy to get up close.
- Chargers. In today's world we need to recharge everything! Make sure you have everything necessary.
- Clothing. Neutral colours are best. Safari attire is casual. Most lodges do laundry, so pack for 4 days. Bear in mind the season - winters are surprising chilly.
- Health. Malaria is endemic, the sun can be fierce, and 'traveler's belly' is a real thing. Make sure you have every angle covered.
What is Kubu Lodge's Social Responsibility?
For the last fifteen years, Kubu Lodge has been the home of Kazungula Children's Ark. This not-for-profit organisation runs a daycare center on the property for small children at risk. It provides education, food, and most importantly love for young children whose social circumstances are not ideal. Kubu Lodge strongly supports the idea of community upliftment through tourism, and if it takes a village to raise a child then Kubu Lodge intends to help raise as many village children as possible. A visit to the center can be arranged on request to witness firsthand the dedication and devotion of the teachers and volunteers. Donations in any form are greatly appreciated.
Other worthwhile projects we participate in are Pack for a Purpose and the CARACAL wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Eleven thatched, wooden chalets are elevated on their own private deck. Spaced out beneath the giant flamboyant and wild fig trees, each chalet enjoys a tranquil setting. Strategically placed among the rolling lawns are comfortable day beds where visitors can relax to the rythm and views of the Chobe River.
The decks of Morubisi (Owl) Bar and Leathaba (Sunrise) Restaurant overlook the river and lodge grounds, marrying gourmet cuisine with spectacular views. A swimming pool, reading/games lounge, and nature trail provide relaxation for the more active, whilst a small curio shop offers a chance to find that perfect gift.
The Chobe National Park is famous for its bird and wildlife diversity, and is home to the largest single population of elephant in the world. Visitors explore the park by motorboat and open safari vehicles. Additional activities include day trips to Victoria Falls, visits to a working crocodile farm, and tours of a wildlife rehabilitation centre.