Botswana Chobe Enclave

The region where we will be focusing our first project, is in the Chobe Enclave, Botswana. This dynamic concession lies within the Chobe National Park and Chobe Forest Reserve, with the Linyanti and Chobe River creating its northern boundary with Namibia. This area is zoned as an agricultural, pastoral and wildlife management area bringing with it human-wildlife conflict at its most complex. This important wildlife corridor has a number of small communities residing in it and elephant, lion, leopard, hyena and other wildlife species utilising the area heavily impact them.

Chobe Enclave students are based at the Van Thuyne Ridge Research Centre, which is located on three tree islands nestled within the thatch grass vleis that the area is well known for. This research centre accommodates researchers and scientists from all over the world looking to perform research in Chobe Enclave and neighbouring Chobe National Park. This centre and camp is fully eco-friendly with solar power operating the entire camp and a waste recycling plant.

Student’s stay in twin dome tents at our campsite with shared communal bathroom facilities or twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms (upon availability and at an extra cost). A bed or stretcher, mattress, pillows and bed linens are provided for each student, but we ask that you bring your own towel. Please be aware that you may have to share a tent/room with another students of the same gender during your stay, as most of our accommodation is two-bed sharing. Please note that when we say tent – we are referring to semi-permanent tents, which are on decks and are larger than an average two-man tent.

Running hot and cold water are available throughout the camp and in the bathroom facilities. There is a male and female bathroom with basins, showers and toilets. Hot water is provided via solar geysers therefore students will be asked to limit their use of hot water so that all can have access to it. Communal laundry facilities are available to students with detergent for washing clothes provided.

The research camp is unfenced, so you can expect visits from various animals at the camp on regular occasions. For this reason please remember it is extremely important to always use torches (flashlights) when moving around the accommodation at night, and to never leave the immediate camp area on foot when it is dark! It is also important to note that no one is allowed to walk around within wildlife area’s on their own (example: leave the accommodation camp for a walk) unless they are accompanied by a guide who is qualified to deal with dangerous game on foot.