For our third Safari leg in Botswana, we picked the Chobe Safari Lodge for our stay. This property is located in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, home to the largest elephant population in the world. One of the largest rivers in this region, it shares a border with Chobe National Park. On the lodge's entrance, is the meeting of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Isn't that exciting?
Location Location Location!
This is a huge property with traditional thatched roofs you will find in many parts of Africa, set among the lush green of the river. The best part is staying within 10 minutes of the Chobe National Park. Since it is so close to the road border to Zimbabwe as well as the airport, it is the best place to stay if you are combining two countries or more.
Lounge and Pool Areas
As soon as we entered the lodge, we were welcomed by a massive welcoming area with a dining space, a bar area and a lounge area with hints of African architecture strewn about from the cushions to the wall art. The ceilings and wooden decor definitely give the space a very relaxed vibe.
On the lower level is a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers where you can relax between activities, and a terrace leading down to the boating station, offering views across the river to Namibia.
We particularly loved the sunset from the pool area.. with Pumba for company.
The River Rooms are big, comfortable with outstanding views of the Chobe River. All rooms come equipped with TV, Wifi, Air-Conditioning. We liked the light ethnic colors and the wide garden area.
Chobe National Park is home to hundreds of animals, and over 3000 species of birds. It is a paradise for photographers and animal lovers alike. Since the lodge is right on the river, you will be picked up for a boat safari right from the lodge. The boat safari was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip to Botswana.
If you haven't pre-booked any activities in Botswana, fret not, the resort offers a lot of activities like traditional boat and land safari in a 4x4 safari to the national park. The concierge team are always on hand to help and guide you. If you are planning on doing a border hop over to Zimbabwe or Namibia, this can be arranged by the lodge team too.
The breakfast spread was surprisingly huge with a massive English breakfast spread, plenty of options for meat eaters and us vegetarians. There was everything from hot beans, toast, cereal the fresh fruits, to flavored yogurt.
For dinner, we often went for the buffet option which was priced at about $27 per person which had options from salads, soup, live station for noodles, seafood, local delicacies, Indian curries and great desserts.
One of the other highlights was having local dancers from the village perform so wonderfully as we enjoyed our dinner.
We loved the proximity of the resort to the park, which made multiple Safaris easy during the day. After long game drives, this is the ideal spot for a sundowner to watch the sunset, drink in hand with amazing company.
Botswana can be an expensive Safari destination, given it's high focus on sustainability and protection of it's natural habitat. Which is why one of the best things about this property is that it offers value for money without compromising on comfort, safety or game drive opportunities both on and off the river.
Disclaimer: we were offered a partial complimentary stay at the property in exchange for a post about our experience but all opinions expressed here are my own and completely honest. I also earn no commission from you choosing to book with them.
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