Rating: Deluxe Price from: £415 - £705 pp full board
Chobe Chilwero is a luxury safari lodge with 14 cottage rooms on the border of Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana. It sits in an elevated position in a secluded part of this wilderness area with lovely views over the bush and its resident wildlife.
The luxury cottages are air conditioned and are equipped with large en-suite bathrooms with sunken baths, indoor and outdoor showers, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, hairdryers, in room safe and emergency intercom. There are private garden areas to each thatched chalet with a hammock and private terrace looking over the Chobe River.
Activities here include game drives in open sided 4WD vehicles in Chobe National Park where you frequently see elephants, hippos, buffalos, antelope, lions and many other species. More unusal animals such as Sable Antelope are also seen in Chobe. The birdwatching here is superb too. Boat safaris are a highlight of any stay in Chobe and the sunsets over the river are spectacular.
Fishing and spa treatments are available here at extra cost.
The food is a fusion of Western and African cuisine created to a high gourmet standard and all accompanied by vintage wines from the cellar.
Open: Open all year.
Location: The lodge borders Chobe National Park and is set on a hill above the Chobe River. The lodge is just a 5 minute drive from Kasane International Airport.
Rooms: There are 14 air-conditioned guest cottages, including 1 set of adjoining rooms and a honeymoon suite. All have en-suite bathrooms with a sunken bath and shower plus a separate outdoor shower. Rooms feature minibars, hairdyers and charging facilities. The cottages have private balconies with hammocks and individual secluded gardens.
Activities: Twice daily game drives, motorised boat safaris and sundowner cruises on the Chobe River.
Facilities: The lounge and dining room are linked to outdoor viewing decks. There is a spa offering a comprehensive range of services and treatments, with private treatment rooms, an indoor spa bath, hydrotherapy and a plunge pool. There is a split-level swimming pool, a library and curio shop.
Dining: A blend of African and Western cuisine is served. Meals are in the dining room or deck, but private meals can be arranged on request. Breakfast and lunch are buffets, while at dinner time there is an a la carte menu. Private dining is possible.
Children: The lodge accepts children of all ages, although children under 5 years are not allowed on activities unless sole vehicle use is requested. This is subject to management discretion.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is a communications area with complimentary wifi access and a mobile signal.
"As we drove from the air port we saw Wild Dogs on the road side ! Things never looked back from then on. We were treated very specially here ! Our lodge was great and even had a private pool and wonderful facilities. The main area is very good with spectacular views over the river Chobe way below. When we arrived we could see hundreds of elephant, buffalo and other game. The evening boat trip took us right up close to these and we were lucky on our first night to see them crossing the river. The game drives were extensive and we had good viewings and perhaps the largest herd of Buffalo we were to see. Ishmael"
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499