BASE METALS 2009
Second Circular (PDF)
Registration Form (PDF)
Fifth Southern African Base Metals Conference
Kasane, Botswana, 27-31 July 2009
Mowana Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park, Kasane
The venue, Mowana Lodge in Kasane,
is a perfect setting within unique bush
and river surroundings. It is an ideal
base for the wildlife, bird, and safari
enthusiast. Each delegate will experience
a safari game drive and a cruise along the
Chobe river with a myriad of wildlife. You
may be greeted by the yawn of a hippo or
witness a pride of lions at their kill, or hear
the hyenas cackling and the vultures
screeching as they await their turn. For
birdwatchers, there are over 400 different
species native to the Kasane environment.
The venue's Serondela restaurant has a
range of gastronomic delights, where,
amongst other dishes, they serve kudu,
warthog, impala, wildebeest, and crocodile,
for those with adventurous tastes.
Mowana - meaning Baobab, is a luxury lodge situated a mere 100km west of Victoria Falls, on the Chobe River, a short distance from the entrance to the Chobe National Park. The park is world renowned for its elephant population - the greatest concentration of these magnificent creatures on the continent.
There are a 107 luxury rooms with full en-suite bathrooms, and 4 suites - all rooms are river facing with air-conditioning, mini bars, hairdryers, tea and coffee making facilities, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and electric insect repellents.
Facilities at Mowana include a swimming-pool, set in a natural landscape; the Serondela Restaurant offers excellent cuisine inspired by the many flavours of Africa; the Savuti Bar overlooking the ever-changing Chobe River; the Boma Terrace for light meals throughout the day and the pool bar; a guest lounge for private entertaining; a hairdressing salon in a tree house, with a view of the river.
Activities at Mowana include walks, mountain biking, seasonal tiger fishing, bird watching, game viewing on a river cruiser or in open-air vehicles with expert game rangers and trackers, breakfast and sunset cruises, traditional theme evenings at the African Village, trips to - and helicopter viewing of - the Victoria Falls, mokoro (local canoe) trails, river rafting on the Zambezi, a 4 countries-in-a-day trip (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) - you are guaranteed of being kept busy during your stay!
The lodge is situated on its own estate on the banks of the Chobe River, 8 km from the world famous Chobe National Park. Mowana is 8 km by car (tarred road) from the international standard airport at Kasane serviced on a regular basis by flights from Johannesburg, Gaborone, and Maun. There are also daily flights from Johannesburg and Harare to the Victoria Falls (85 km away) where the Lodge's transfer service picks up guests. At the convergence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, 10 kms downstream from Mowana, the four countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe share a common meeting point.
Chobe National Park
The Chobe National Park covers an area of approximately 10 700 square
kilometres. The park was established in 1961, and the first Game Warden, Mr
Pat Hepburn, was appointed in April 1962. It is home to the largest
concentration of elephants in Africa, estimated at 45 000. Indigenous to the
park is the puku and Chobe bushbuck. Other game, such as lion, leopard,
buffalo, cheetah, kudu, giraffe, and an abundant bird life of approximately
450 species, add theatre to the magical kingdom. Serondela Camp, 10 km west
of the park gate, is Chobe's most accessible campsite. According to game
drivers, Serondela was once an inhabited village, which was uprooted and
shifted to Kasane when Chobe became a national park. By day, campers are
under constant surveillance by cheeky baboons, who long ago learnt that all
the best pickings come from tents and backpacks. One of the best ways to
enjoy the riverfront is to take a river trip in the late afternoon, when
the hippos amble onto dry land and the riverfront fills with elephants
heading down for a drink and a romp in the water. A Chobe visit will
probably entail a cruise or game drive, during which you will have an
excellent chance of observing lions and cheetah, and by day, the water is
full of hippos, which submerge at dawn and emerge at dusk. Buffalo are
present in their thousands, and amid the scrub live numerous giraffes