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This Floating Restaurant Borders Four Countries And You’ll See Elephants While Dining

By Kelsey Marie

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Enjoying food is one thing that unites people regardless of race, ethnicity, beliefs…etc. When traveling, trying new foods is a great way to experience the culture of the place you’re in. Savoring delicious foods in an epic atmosphere abroad is even more epic. 

One of the coolest dining experiences in the world is located in southern Africa and according to Travel + Leisure, “serves as the border between the countries and is the only place in the world where four countries — Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia — come together.”

The Raft is a floating restaurant, held up by stilts and supported by a private jetty, in the Chobe River. This floating restaurant is primarily located in Namibia but if you’re flying through Kasane International Airport in Botswana, you won’t have to go through Namibian immigration to visit The Raft. 

The Raft is located in the middle of nowhere — away from city life and large populations. Dining here will feel like you’re in another world. 

Upon entering, you will be welcomed with songs from the restaurant’s staff members. When it comes to food, you’ll only be served braai, the southern African version of traditional barbecue. You can expect to try a variety of grilled meats, warm and cold salads, bread and a delectable dessert. The food is served buffet-style, so you can grab what you like and as much of it. 

If you’re vegan or vegetarian, no worries, just tell the staff beforehand and you can customize your dining experience. 

The restaurant is small, with seating for 64 foodies and you’ll be sitting around communal tables while indulging in beer, wine, and local soda choices. 

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While you’re eating and drinking, just look out and you’ll be able to spot elephants, hippos and more wildlife living their best lives. Since the restaurant floats near Sedudu Island, one of the most wildlife-filled islands in the Chobe region, you’ll be sure to have breathtaking views during your two-hour dining experience. 

Note that dinner is not served here. The restaurant opens from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

For restaurant inquiries, contact webres@theraftrestaurant.com.

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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