On my second trip to Botswana, in 2020 I visited the north of the country. We crossed in from Zimbabwe at Kazungula and decided to stay overnight in a crocodile farm. This was certainly another crazy adventure and another interesting sleeping location to add to our repertoire.
I had read about this Crocodile Farm in Kazungula/Kasane area online before our trip. However it wasn’t until the night before that we booked it. We were sitting by the pool at the Shoestrings Backpackers Hostel in Victoria Falls City in Zimbabwe and Russell came up with the idea to stay there.
This was an inspired choice and reminded me of my tour in The Gambia at Kachikally Crocodile Pool. Here are some cool things about staying here.
1.You are sleeping in a Crocodile Farm!
This alone should be reason enough to book it, right? You will be sleeping within metres of crocodiles (albeit separated by walls and enclosures!). How can you turn down the chance to stay at least once in your life inside an actual crocodile farm where over 1000 of the beasts roam! By staying here, you also get discount on the excellent crocodile farm tour by Sue the owner and manager of the farm.
Aside from being a cool crocodile farm, this is also rural Botswana to a tee! You are not living the high city life in Gaborone or Kasane or Francistown. Here, you are by the Chobe river somewhere near the border to Namibia and only a 10 minute drive from the quadruple border from Botswana to Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe at Kazungula.
If you like to cook and prepare your own food, and be self sufficient then this place is perfect. The pink and blue cottage is equipped with a cooker, kettle, fridge, toaster and all necessary utensils. However, both nights we stayed here I ate out so I am an oxymoron for this but it would be good for those who like to self cater.
For the record I ate out at Hunters Pub and Grill for dinner and lunch and on the last night, I ate out at Thebe Bar.
Normally no WiFi is something to hate but in this example, it gave us a chance of a bit of bonding. Considering the poor quality networks and WiFi in Africa on my trips, it was better to not get infuriated with “grey screen loyal”, “wheelspin”, “refresh on repeat” and “page not found”. We had chats and even truth or dare games – Malina, Russell and I. It was great to not have the below issues anymore…
Finally, get cosy here! Our cottage (the ONLY cottage here as of February 2020) was comfortable and a good base for two nights.
Here are the details for booking a room at Chobe Crocodile Farm in Kazungula:
Here are some videos from my stay at Chobe Crocodile Farm: