Ghoha Hills is in the Savuti Game Reserve, in the west of Chobe National Park. This area is home to large numbers of wildlife making it a popular safari destination. The lodge is set part way up the hills after which it's named and from this vantage point there are stunning views of the bush and plains. A stay at Ghoha Hills combines well with time spent in the Okavango Delta to give you an understanding of the different ecosystems in Botswana.
Guest tents are on elevated wooden decks set into the hillside. Each has a bedroom, private bathroom, dressing area and a viewing deck, from which you'll be able to spot animals at the waterhole from dawn to dusk.
The central area is thatched to keep it cool. There's a lounge, dining area and bar, all places to unwind, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and socialise with other guests. The lodge has a pretty rock pool where you can cool off in the heat of the day. At dusk a fire is lit in the boma, a good place to gather and talk about the day's events over a sundowner. Both local and international dishes are served and if you're heading out for the whole day you'll be supplied with a tasty picnic lunch to enjoy en-route.
Open: Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge is open all year.
Location: Ghoha Hills is in Savuti, a private reserve in the western part of Chobe National Park. It's about 150kms south west of Kasane and 230kms north east of Maun. Savuti airstrip is about a 1 hour drive from the lodge.
Rooms: There are 11 tented suites in total, comprising 9 standard and 2 family units, the latter each accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children. The lodge has a maximum capacity of 26 guests. All suites have private bathrooms with hot and cold running water, dressing areas and viewing decks. The decor is rustic in style, to blend in with the rural surroundings. Tents are built of hard-wearing canvas and are set on raised wooden platforms on the hillside, to get superb views of the plains and wonderful sunrises. They have solar powered lamps and fans.
Activities: Ghoha Hills offers morning and afternoon game drives in the Savuti Reserve and by the Savuti Channel, whose waters attract large numbers of game. Full day game drives are also offered and can visit the Linyanti region. If out all day you'll have a picnic lunch and on an afternoon drive you'll be served sundowners and snacks in the bush. The guides are passionate about the flora and fauna of the area and happily pass on their experience and knowledge. This is a good area for bird watching. There are San rock art paintings nearby which you can visit with your guide. Village visits are a popular option. All activities can be tailored to your interests and planned with your guide in advance, so that no precious time is wasted.
Facilities: The central thatched area is made up of the lounge, bar, dining area and gift shop. This area leads out to a deck with views of the waterhole at the edge of the hill and the vast plains beyond. There is a boma with a fire, the focal point of the lodge before and after dinner each night. The lodge has a rock pool for swimming.
Dining: Meals are taken communally with other guests in the main area with views of the bush, giving you time to get to know each other and swap travel stories. Breakfast is a buffet, while lunch and dinner are set meals.
Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. There are 2 family suites, each accommodating up to 2 adults and 2 children. Special activities can be arranged for children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in the main area but no mobile signal.
"This place felt unique - an amazing thatched treehouse on several levels overlooking its own waterhole. Lots of different seating areas and a plunge pool with an amazing view. We had the lodge with the best view of the sunset from its balcony. It is an eco lodge so no hairdryers, straighteners etc but they provide everything else you could possibly want! They have their own hide but it was the wrong time of the year for us to benefit from this. We had a spectacular thunderstorm and the amount of water was incredible so they had to pull some shutters down which did little to stop the water coming in but they soon swept it out. Amazing views, friendly staff and the on site managers Abram and Nanette were informative, friendly and they could not do enough for you. They joined us for dinner one night and we learnt so much from them. Our guide Ran was a real character, full of fun and very knowledgeable. We witnessed the true cycle of life with a poorly elephant becoming a carcass and food for lions and vultures. A lioness was sat in the middle of the road and we were able to sit and watch her closely from just a few feet away. Our picnics were packed up beautifully, accompanied by notes each day from the chef which we have photographed as they were such fun and made each day special."