About Thebe River Safaris

Thebe River Safaris is ideally situated for visitors to the Chobe National Park and Chobe River area in Northern Botswana. Our lodge and camp overlook the placid Chobe River and echo the surrounding bush with a rustic design. We are 12km from the Kazungula border and 5km from the Chobe National Park entrance. Our restaurant and bar provide welcome food and drinks and visitors can enjoy the sparkling swimming pool.

Thebe River Safaris was started in 1994 by Jan van Wyk with a single land cruiser. The business has expanded over the intervening years into a bustling lodge and camp in Kasane, Chobe. Jan’s original idea of sharing the wonders of the Chobe National Park with visitors has continued with Game Drives, Cruises and Mobile Safaris taking guests into the true African wilderness. The operation now includes Jan’s sons Jannie and Louie and daughter Franci.



Thebe River Safaris lodge offers a family room and twin rooms. All rooms are en-suite and are fitted with shower supplying ample near-instant piping hot water. All beds are mosquito netted ensuring a peaceful nights sleep and all units are fully air-conditioned. All rooms are serviced daily.



The Family Room contains a double bed which leads through an interleading door to a room with two single beds – perfect for families. The room is en-suite, has mosquito nets in all the beds, air-condition and a coffee / tea station.


Twin rooms contain two single beds. Each room is en-suite, has mosquito nets in all the beds, air-condition and a coffee / tea station.




Thebe River Safaris Camp offers spacious camping areas shaded cooking/braai areas. Ablutions are shared and we have 2 large communal ablution blocks with showers with loads of piping hot water, basins, mirrors and toilets. Most of our sites have water tap and a power point on campsite.


A small number of made-up tents erected in the camp with twin beds. All beds in the tents are mosquito netted ensuring a peaceful sleep



Enjoy a Thebe River Safaris Game Drive into the stunning Chobe Park or a relaxng sunset cruise on the Chobe River where game is prolific and the chances good that you will see something spectacular. Enjoy an overnight Chobe Park Safari or a Chobe Day Trip for those staying in Victoria

Chobe Park Game Drives

Thebe River Safaris offers daily morning or afternoon game drives into the Chobe National Park. All drives are in open backed safari vehicles with open seats. What better way to experience the stunning wilderness of the game rich Chobe Park.

Game drives are usually about 4 hours in duration in which time it is not uncommon to spot several of Africa’s “Big-five” species. Elephant are very common as are lion and leopard sightings. The birdlife is excellent at the right time of year (summer – August to April) with many “specials” in the greater Chobe area.

Chobe River Cruises

Take to the waters of the Chobe River on a Thebe River Safaris cruise. Depending on the number of guests cruises are either on our large pontoon boats which seats 40 pax, or on one of our smaller aluminium speed boats which can seat a maximum of 12 pax.

Guests are welcome to take their own drinks on the cruise and see in the sunset from the water. Game is common along the rivers edge and the birding can be incredible during the summer months (approx. August – April). Elephant are commonly seen as are Buffalo, Kudu, Bushbuck, Hippo, Giraffe and Sable.

Chobe Day Trips

For those who wish to experience the Chobe National Park but are short of time, Thebe River Safaris offers Chobe Day Trips with pick-ups from either Victoria Falls or Kazungula / Zimbabwe Border. We also offer one, two and three night Chobe Safaris Trips in our Safaris options for those who want a longer Chobe safari experience.




Take in an African Safari with a Thebe Mobile Safari into some of the best safari game areas in Botswana including Chobe Park, Savuti, Moremi – Okavango, Nxai Pans or Deception Valley. Camp in the African wilds and experience the true African wilderness.



Chobe National Park

Famous for it’s large concentrations of Elephant and Buffalo which congregate along the Chobe River, this is a diverse reserve, with dry savanna and periodic swamp, in addition to the vast flood plains fronting the river and the extensive tracts of teak woodland in the north east of the park.

Covering 11,700km², Chobe National Park was recognized as early as the 1930’s and by 1939, the area had been protected as the Chobe Game Reserve but was not elevated to National Park status until 1968.

The Chobe River forms the international boundary with Namibia, and Lozi fisherman are often seen poling their mokoros up and down the north bank.

The Elephant population has been responsible for removing the riverine forest, which formerly fringed the Chobe River, opening up this habitat for other herbivores, the carnivores which prey on them, and the wildlife tourists! However, shade-loving species such as the Chobe Bushbuck, Schalow’s Turaco and Narina Trogon have been lost in the process. Their numbers are variously estimated to range between 35 000 and 65 000. This variation is due to the highly mobile nature of the Elephant’s existence as much as the imprecise nature of game counts over such a large area. Protected and subjected to limited poaching pressure, the national herd is increasing at its maximum biological rate of some 7% per annum. This means that every year there are at least 2,800 additional elephant in the park.

Watching the Elephant families drink and bathe in the river is an unforgettable sight, all the more impressive when herds of Buffalo, rafts of Hippo and gigantic Nile Crocodiles, are part of the scene. Lion and Spotted Hyena are frequently seen on the floodplains, where Red Lechwe, Puku, Zebra, Sable and Roan Antelope come out to graze. Troops of Chacma Baboon are particularly abundant. Birdwatching on the Chobe River is often very rewarding, with White-faced Duck, Comb (Knob-billed) Duck, African Openbill and Red-wing Pratincole occurring in their thousands. Spectacular Carmine Bee-eaters form massive colonies in sandbanks, with various kingfishers and martins breeding in their midst. Flocks of noisy Helmeted Guineafowl (the Chobe chicken) feed alongside Red-Billed Francolin.


Way to the south of the Chobe River is the other major centre of wildlife activity in the park – Savute. This is an area of open savanna grassland through which a seasonal river spills out into a marsh. Large numbers of Elephant bulls are invariably present at Savute and close encounters with these great pachyderms are commonplace. Savute is also a famous battleground for Lion and Spotted Hyena, whose fight for dominance has been captured in the brilliant documentary film ‘Eternal Enemies’, filmed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. In the wet season, large herds of Zebra and Tsessebe feed on the Savute plains, often in the company of Abdim’s, Woolly-necked and White Storks.

In the far north-western corner of Chobe National Park is the permanent swampland of Linyanti. In many ways, Linyanti is like a miniture Okavango, with species such as Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Slaty Egret, lesser jacana and Pel’s Fishing Owl all being resident. The most remote part of the reserve is at Nogatsaa, where very few travellers go. Game is sporadic here, but when water is available in the pans, it is the best place to view Roan and Sable Antelope.


Please use the form below to make a provisional booking at Thebe River Safaris. Receipt of your provisional booking will be acknowledged via email or phone but cannot be considered confirmed until full payment has been received by Thebe River Safaris.

Reservations Tel:  +267.625.0995

Fax: +267.625.0314

Operations Tel:  +267.625.0575

GPS Coordinates: 1747 1055 S   2510 52.34E

Please contact if you have not hear from us within 24hrs.

Thebe River Safaris

Presidents Avenue Plot 706,

Kasane, Botswana




Thebe Restaurant and Bar

Thebe River Safaris offers the chance to unwind after a long, hot day of exploring the Chobe National Park or after arriving from a distant destination or just anytime you feel like cold drinks, good food and varied company in the rustic restaurant and bar area overlooking the placid Chobe River.

Guests can enjoy a fine meal or drinks from the bar and take a swim in the inviting pool if the weather gets hot which it does often in Kasane.

There is satellite television in the bar to catch up on the latest international news or sports and on weekends the Thebe Bar can be a popular locals venue. Thebe can cater to large groups if required and continental style breakfast is served in the dining area each morning.