Rating: Price from: £425 pp sharing, full board
Chobe Game Lodge is unique in that it is the only permanent lodge within Chobe National Park.
(It also has the unusual claim-to-fame that this is where Elizabeth Taylor got married for the second time to Richard Burton!).
It is quite a large lodge, with room for up to 94 guests, and although it is now quite old, it has been beautifully refurbished and maintained so offers a high standard of accommodation. It also has a lovely position on the Chobe River, with boardwalks (seemingly wood, but actually made out of recycled plastic bags!) allowing you to get very close to the river to watch the wildlife. Elephants are commonly seen in or near the river around here.
The comfortable rooms are all in a row in pleasant gardens, and all face the river. They have private terraces, plus the usual facilities you'd expect such as en-suite bathrooms, aircon, minibar, and safe. The decor is tastefully done. If you feel like splashing out, there are 4 suites with their own plunge pool and lounge.
In the main public areas there is a dining room and terrace, and a large swimming pool. There is also a deck by the river which is great for just sitting watching the river, and it's a good place to eat too. There are plenty of secluded seating areas so you won't feel like you are in a large hotel.
As far as the wildlife is concerned, this is indeed a prime spot. Lions love it around here, and, as mentioned, elephants are commonly seen by the river here. The wildlife in Chobe is excellent, with many of the more common species such as impalas, zebras and warthogs as well as sable antelope, big cats, hyenas and even wild dogs. In fact, there is a family of warthogs in the grounds, doing a great job of keeping the grass short.
You'll enjoy the wildlie and wilderness based from Chobe Game Lodge on game drives, and safaris by boat, plus you can't miss a sunset cruise on the Chobe.
If you want luxury in the thick of Chobe, this is a great place to consider.
Open: Open all year.
Location: It is the only permanent lodge within the national park of Chobe. It's about 10 kms from Kasane, and very accessible to Victoria Falls. It is on the banks of the Chobe River.
Rooms: There are 42 standard rooms and 4 suites. They can be configured as double or twin. For families there are 7 sets of interconnected rooms. All the rooms face the river and are set in lovely gardens with lawns and trees. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms, private terraces, aircon and fan, a fridge, safe, phone, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Activities: Excellent game viewing within Chobe National Park, both in 4x4 vehicles, and by boat (max 12 people per boat). There is a morning and an afternoon game activity, with a mid-morning boat cruise thrown in. Sunset cruises on the Chobe are also offered.
Facilities: There is a big swimming pool, a billiards bar, gym, library, beauty parlour, riverside terrace area, boardwalks close to the river, restaurants and bars (including a Moroccan bar) and a well-stocked curio shop.
Dining: The meals here are of high quality and served at individual tables. Evening dinner can take place in various locations on the property.
Children: All children are welcome, but if they are under 6 years old game drives must be taken in a private vehicle (at extra cost).
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Mobile signal is good here, and there is WIFI available throughout the lodge.
4 Night Value Add package PLUS rate break as the 5+ night rate applies
Includes: complimentary upgrade to a suite (if available), special private dinner, day trip/cultural experience, safari boat cruise lunch
A 3-centre safari holiday showcasing Botswana's diverse flora and fauna, offering you the chance to support vital rhino conservation projects.
"This facility is effectively a hotel that provides game drives, river trips etc. Whilst the wildlife watching experience was equivalent to other venues, the food and service were not of a comparable high standard. "