The 7th November 2014 marked a big day in Chobe Game Lodge and Botswana’s history.
Renowned for pioneering work in responsible tourism projects in Botswana, including the first all-female guiding team in Africa, Chobe Game Lodge will now introduce to the tourism industry a safari experience where guests move silently through the famous Chobe National Park on electric boats and vehicles while reducing their carbon footprint on the environment.
Around 100 dignitaries, tourism operators, media and government organisations will be welcomed to Chobe Game Lodge on Friday afternoon for the unveiling of the first silent, eco-friendly, electric boat & game-drive vehicle in Africa.
Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), who are instrumental in developing ecotourism best practice principles for the tourism industry in Botswana, will be co-hosting proceedings as we build up to the unveiling with a number of keynote speakers.
Among the guest speakers who will talk on Friday, director of Freedom Won Antony English will talk us through the journey in converting the traditional diesel Land Rover to a 21st century silent electric game-drive vehicle. Freedom Won who have partnered up with Chobe Game Lodge in this initiative are contracted to convert all the game-viewing boats and vehicles in what will be the first safari operation with an entirely CO2 emission free fleet .
Chobe Game Lodge runs from the Victoria Falls hydroelectric power scheme so the power generated to charge the batteries in the electric engines is environmentally friendly.
Key to this launch on Friday is getting the tourism industry in Botswana on board and Johan Bruwer (Chobe Game Lodge General Manager) will be taking the opportunity to explain the environmental and cost saving benefits of introducing electric engines. After the unveiling, the guides will demonstrate the performance and guests at the launch will be able to jump on board and try first-hand the smooth, silent boat and game-drive experience of an electric engine.