This one of a kind dining experience operates on a daily basis for lunch (prior arrangement only) and has a seating capacity of 64. Situated opposite Sedudu Island, guests to the Raft floating restaurant can enjoy Chobe game viewing at its best while savoring the flavors of a traditional “braai” (barbecue). The island, which proudly flies the Botswana Flag, has an abundance of bird life and is frequented by a host of larger herbivorous drawn to the endless supply of lush green grass throughout the year.
Lunch is served daily and includes a choice of 3 meats, salads (Traditional Stews with Rice/Pap) and dessert. Two local drinks are included as there is no cash bar. Water transfers are available from the Flame of Africa Jetty or from the jetty of your Chobe based lodge .
Operating Hours: From Approximately 11H00 till late afternoon.
Getting to the restaurant is an event itself as the only way to get there is by boat. From Kasane, the main town of the Chobe National Park area, you are transferred in a small comfortable vessel which meanders along the river for no more than 15 minutes.
On arrival you are met by beautifully dressed, smiling staff and helped on board. The restaurant is anchored with massive weights just off the shoreline. It is an octagon, with circular benches around the edges of the vessel and the braai area in the centre.
Flame of Africa managing director, Brett McDonald and his wife Jacqui, for many years enjoyed “roughing it” in the bush. As the years progressed the pup tent out-grew its usefulness and an overland trailer took its place. After a few years of this came the Jurgens off road 4 x 4 caravan. Being way out in the bush with a long drop toilet and limited water sadly also started to lose its appeal, especially for Jacqui.
It was obvious that a new way of exploring the African wilderness was badly needed…the era of the OKA trails had begun.
The thought of travelling through the great outdoors and arriving at a luxury lodge and a long soak in a hot bath became extremely attractive. Sadly these days most luxury travelers fly from camp to camp and by so doing miss the real essence of Africa, and eliminating the chance to stop alongside the road and watch a snake stalking a chameleon or the chance of seeing the elusive leopard taking down prey or having the time to sit on the roadside without the rush and chaos of other vehicles closing in around you to spoil your enjoyment. The other added advantage is that of having a constant local guide who can give you all the little detail that is so often lost on the “flying visits.”
Our Oka vehicles were designed and built in Australia for military and mining applications. Our vehicles, the only two of a kind in Southern Africa, have been adapted to safari use and by so doing we can claim to have the most comfortable and reliable off road vehicles specifically designed for this application.
Baines’ Baobabs, Nxai Pans
Moremi Game Reserve
2205/15 Gadigal Ave,
Zetland NSW 2017
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