Eco Tourism - Chobe Game Lodge

Eco-tourism projects at a glance

Chobe Game Lodge believes strongly in the principles of Ecotourism and we are extremely proactive in running the lodge with minimal impact on the natural environment.

When the Lodge was built in 1972, environmental impact was a comparatively minor consideration. The aim of the development was to create an iconic property in the heart of the world-famous Chobe National Park. Over the years, though, as awareness has grown, our priorities have shifted as our precious natural environment struggles to hold up under the immense pressures of the modern world. The Lodge's unique location and iconic status gave us the opportunity to change completely and create awareness in the industry as a whole.

In 2012 the Lodge was awarded the highest Ecotourism Level recognised in Botswana – and this is just the beginning. In 2014 Chobe Game Lodge launched Africa’s first ever CO2 emission free silent electric fleet of 4X4 game-viewers & safari boats. In 2015 – the lodge was recognised as the best property in Africa for resource management and in 2016 – Africa’s first fully autonomous solar powered safari boat will take to the Chobe River – powered by solar panels on the roof only.

Botswana is steadily becoming one of the world's leading ecotourism destinations and Chobe Game Lodge is at the forefront.

Below are just a few of our initiatives and projects.

Silent electric Safari

  • The only fully operational electric safari vehicle in Africa
  • Fleet currently made up of 3 x fully electric 4X4 converted landrovers and 1 x fully electric safari boat with conversions in process.
  • Our guests enjoying a revolutionary African safari – silent and emission free
  • The electricity used to power the lodge and vehicles emanates from the Victoria Falls hydroelectric power scheme and is thus renewable energy.
  • Development of the first fully autonomous safari boat underway powered by solar panels attached to the roof of the vessel powering the electric motor.

Biogas Production

  • We have the most advanced biogas plant in any Botswana lodge.
  • This plant uses two 10 000 litre tanks to process over 100 kg of biodegradable waste a day.
  • The gas is used for the kitchens and heating.
  • The foundation of the plant was built using the lodge's very own bricks, manufactured with recycled glass bottles on site.
  • It is estimated that the project will save in the region of 72x40 litre cylinders of LPG gas per year, protecting the environment from the effects of transportation and making proactive use of otherwise wasted resources from kitchen by-product.

Grey Water Recycling

  • Chobe Game Lodge has the largest above-ground closed-circuit water treatment plant of any Botswana lodge.
  • Approximately 60 000 litres of grey water is processed safely every day and is used as irrigation water to create the lush green wildlife and bird sanctuary of the gardens, boardwalk and deck.

Recycling Plant

Around 95% of Chobe Game Lodge's waste is sorted and recycled appropriately.

  • Plastic bottles: Compressed and returned to supplier for recycling.
  • Glass bottles: Crushed and mixed with cement and water on-site to make bricks for construction.
  • Tin cans: Compressed and crushed into slim pallets and stored for over 6 months, then taken to a local processor to be reused in various steel/aluminium recycling projects.
  • Waste that cannot be recycled is burnt at a very high temperature to minimise the CO2 emissions, with used cooking oil as fuel. The ash residue is used as fertiliser for the new tree plantings within the Lodge gardens to increase the Chobe bushbuck habitat and create even more birdlife habitat.

Chobe Boardwalk and Deck

  • About 2.1 million used plastic bags went into the making of the recycled plastic-timber decking of the Chobe boardwalk and deck.
  • The timber poles are from a sustainable forestry source.
  • No maintenance, chemicals, re-decking or replacement are required and trees are saved in the construction of the decking by using an otherwise harmful plastic waste product.

The Future

Projects and investments are currently in place for us to continue to build a world-leading property in the ecotourism industry. Don't forget to ask for an ecotour if you are keen to learn more about our sustainable tourism initiatives.

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In 2012 the Lodge was awarded the highest Ecotourism Level recognised in Botswana – and this is just the beginning.

Botswana is steadily becoming one of the world's leading ecotourism destinations and Chobe Game Lodge is at the forefront.

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