When in Kasane its an easy hop across the Chobe River from Botswana to Namibia – just a boat ride from the Botswana immigration office on the banks of the Chobe before crossing to Namibian immigration. And from there to your destination of choice.

Paperwork dealt with and a couple more stamps in the passport, we continued to explore the Chobe River on route to Serondela Lodge for a presentation on lion conservation by the Kwando Carnivore Project. This project conducts research into large carnivores and through its work with local authorities and local communities helps to provide solutions for human-lion wildlife coexistence in this region of Namibia.

Pic credit - Serondela Lodge

I would have loved to have spent longer here as Serondela Lodge looked most inviting, its location almost surrounded by water in the wet season is sure to offer wonderful wildlife and photographic opportunities. And a plus is their commitment to sustainability and community partnership.

With elephants in abundance and in the fading light of a spectacular sunset we made our way to the fabulous Chobe Water Villas for the night.

Each of the luxury villas is built on stilts and suspended over the water’s edge with spectacular views over the Chobe River’s Sedudu Island and the surrounding wetlands and bush. Later that evening the sounds of the night were a welcome companion in the wonderfully comfortable bed.

Being a sunrise girl, I was once again up early but this time the clouds obscured what would have been spectacular but whilst sipping my tea and enjoying the early morning birdsong, I was rewarded with a herd of buffalo making their way across the island nearby.

I appreciated having the morning to enjoy the ambiance of the lodge that through its stylish décor pays homage to its Namibian roots, have a cappuccino or two as well as a scrumptious breakfast.

The wonderfully harmonious and moving serenade by the staff, and heartfelt goodbyes on our departure reinforced my reasons to add this to my ‘I’ll be back’ list.

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