Chobe Holdings Shares New Developments With Industry Partners 


DURBAN – The participation of the two Safari outfits of the Chobe Holding Limited at the just ended Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban was palpable with exciting updates for their partners and the industry over new developments within the group

The group’s popular brands – Desert and Delta Safaris and Ker & Downey, like the previous years participated at the show in full force, with each company having a strong team that fielded very tight schedules of back to back trade meetings.

Besides, the scheduled meetings on the trade floor of the trade show, the two companies hosted more than 80 of its industry partners at the prestigious Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga for an evening of updates and information sharing, where they shared their individual stories of growth, and that of Chobe Holdings. Each of the companies took the opportunity to catalogue news on product offerings and destinations, properties and future developments.

Ker & Downey Botswana’s marketing director Walter Smith, shared the history of Desert & Delta Safaris, Ker & Downey Botswana, all later bought by Chobe Holdings Limited and how the latter grew to become the only tourism operator listed in the Botswana Stork Exchange.

Desert and Delta Safaris’ Marketing Director Andrew Flatt touched on the developments, current and future as well as the corporate social initiatives that the group, under Chobe Holdings continues to undertake to develop the people.

Flatt also informed the partners of the registering of Chobe Impact, which would ensure donations from the industry will impact efficiently the people it is meant to help.

On the portfolio and human development front, Kevin Matt, the Managing Director of Desert and Delta Safaris highlighted on the human capital, which stands at over 400.

Sustainability remains at the fore front of the operations, most of which are in the most pristine areas of the wilderness – and to this Leroo la Tau, Xakanaxa and Camp Moremi having gone fully on solar, moving away from diesel power, and will be followed by Xugana Island Lodge.

Mathew also revealed that significant investment on product side have been made, first with Nxamasere Island Lodge, upgraded and refurbished was reopened early this month. He indicated that the positioning of the product was mainly around wellness and cultural elements – given its link to the Tsodilo Hills.

Another incredible re-build is Savute, which is currently undergoing the final touches for its anticipated opening next month. This will be followed by the complete rebuild of Xugana Island Lodge starting October. Mathew further said all these will be complemented by the plans to build on the experiences and diversify on the portfolio.

Kim Nixon, the Chief Operation Officer of Chobe Holdings, who is also the acting managing director of Ker & Downey Botswana said the ethos that drive their operations as Chobe Holdings is premised on the desire to improve the lives of Batswana. He said the group invests in the economy with 100% of its revenues confined within the borders of Botswana.

On the KDB brand, Nixon shared about the heavy investments in the development and upgrading products – citing Okuti where they spent over US$1 million on soft refurbishments.

He further indicated that KDB has also ventured into a new partnership model on the acquisition, of Grays Eden – a five-star luxury boutique hotel in Maun. He said the facility will give the guests the opportunity to overnight in Maun before proceeding to Safari.

Further to these, Kanana in the Okavango Delta will also be getting 8 extra beds to sit along the main camp, while a new 5 room Camp on the same level with Shinde Footsteps will be opened in March 2025, located in NG 12 on northern part of the Okavango Delta.


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