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Chobe Bakwena Lodge

Chobe & the North

Rating: Mid-range    

Chobe Bakwena Lodge overview

Chobe Bakwena Lodge is owned by Jenny and Adam Young who have long experience of managing bush camps and lodges and have used that in planning and now running their own lodge. Their vision in creating Chobe Bakwena is to offer high levels of comfort and service at an affordable price.

You stay in a charming chalet, either with a view of the river or set three metres off the ground in a tree canopy. Either way, it has a homely and welcoming feel, furnished with items made locally and specially bought by the owners from vintage shops and auctions. Chalets are cooled by ceiling fans, have handy sockets for charging batteries and Wi-Fi internet access should you need it. You have an en-suite shower room and a further outdoor shower, plus a shaded terrace. There is a rather more luxurious honeymoon suite and a family chalet with two bedrooms.

Days revolve around game drives in Chobe National Park and boat cruises, both wonderful ways to observe Chobe's varied wildlife including its famous elephant herds. There are opportunities for visits to the local village accompanied by a guide from the lodge, and to explore the area on two wheels using one of the lodge's cruiser bikes. In between you can rest in the lounge, refresh yourself with a dip in the pool, watch wildlife from the upper storey viewing deck and enjoy meals round on the open deck  by the campfire.   

The lodge's owners are committed to sustainable tourism, as evidenced by the design and construction of the lodge to its current day-to-day operation. The lodge has been built from locally sourced sustainable and renewable natural rescources, such as pine for the decks, sand for wall insulation and grass fot the thatched roofs. Staff come from village close to the lodge, and their income and training provide benefits for them, their families and communities.   


Open: Chobe Bakwena Lodge is open all year.

Location: The lodge is near the village of Kazungula, about a 15 minute drive from Kasane airport and about 90 minutes from Victoria Falls international airport.

Rooms: There are 15 guest chalets in two categories: river-view chalets (ten) and treetop chalets (five). River-view chalets include a family room with two bedrooms sleeping two adults and two children and a shared bathroom, and a honeymoon suite with a lounge, bathtub, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning and a large deck with daybed. The others can be arranged as twins or doubles. All have a ceiling fan, mosquito nets, power points, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, an en-suite bathroom with a shower and an additional outdoor shower and a shaded terrace. Each of the treetop chalets is reached by a flight of steps and is about three metres above the ground. These chalets have the same facilities as the river view ones, plus air conditioning and views of the tree canopy rather than the river.

Activities: Wildlife watching from river cruise boat and game drives are the main activities. You can also go on fishing trips, visit the local village on foot or by bicycle with a guide from the lodge, enjoy a sundowner cruise and do some birdwatching while relaxing at the lodge. Staff can arrange a shared day trip to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).

Facilities: The lodge has a lounge-bar with a supply of reference and reading books, a deck with a boma dining area and a campfire, a small swimming pool with a sundeck and an elevated, shaded viewing deck. There are cruiser bikes and helmets free for guests to use.

Dining: Meals are usually eaten on the deck as a group or at individual tables. Private meals can be arranged.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Families with children under 11 years need to book private activities.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.

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The owners employ people from local village and support the village school. The lodge has been designed and built to minimise impact on the environment and follows the traditional rondavel structure using sustainable and renewable resources and the eco-friendly sandbag infill, which is also efficient when it comes to insulation. The camp uses solar energy for power, lighting and heating. The owners' approach is typified by details such as the swimming pool is filtered wholly by plants, the training staff in recycling principles to use at work and at home and requesting that guests bring a refillable water bottle to reduce the number of plastic bottles used.  

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client reviews

Mrs. Julia Bell

"Wow. Its good to watch the world go at Chobe Bakwena Lodge. Spirited staff who were so friendly and lovely accommodation. I felt so spoilt, was I dreaming? ! No, this was my reality, I was completely and utterly spoilt and loved every second of my time at Bakwena. "

Mr. John Beaird (07/07/2019)
"This is a wonderful lodge but it is pretty far from the wild. However, I took the short boat ride down to the “four corners” and saw crocs, hippos and elephants and realized how close the wild really is. Also the bridge construction there was truly awesome. My only criticism of the lodge has to do with my traveling solo. I was always given a table alone and it felt a little weird asking the staff to move me when friends invited me to there table. The African experience is so filled with people enjoying one another’s company that this was the only time I felt a little uncomfortable. "
Mr. Anthony Rutter
"The singing ladies. The sunsets over Chobe River. The heards of Elephants. "
Mrs. Janet James
"Very friendly staff who performed a traditional Boma evening on our final night inspite of the thunderstorm. The guide was excellent, finding lions and a hyena and very knowledgeable. We felt we could have easily stayed another couple of nights as there were several other things we could do, but alas we only had 2 nights here."
Mrs. Sylvia Butterfield
"A fabulous place to stay with indoor and outdoor showers. Great care was taken to provide my son with his Gluten Free diet. The staff were knowledgeable about diets and care was taken to check labels. The gf. alternatives and especially the freshly baked bread was delicious. It was wonderful being able to get some washing done for us but we were limited to 4 items each ( no underwear or socks ! ). We had a wonderful welcome on our arrival with singing and dancing and cold wet flannels each time we returned from a trip. Free bar on local wines. "

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