Chobe Safari Lodge

Reviews of Chobe Safari Lodge

Good(84%) From 11 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 11 of our travellers who have visited Chobe Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs K - Maidstone
Arrived on: 11-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chobe Safari Lodge review

We used this Lodge as an easy-to-get-to first base for an extended trip. We were prepared for being at a large lodge where there would be quite a number of people at meal times etc. but this was no problem as the facilities were spaced out well.

Staff were very attentive to our needs and particularly on our arrival when, due to a delay on our flight, we had missed a game drive and they organised a separate vehicle and driver for us.

Food was typical of a mass catering operation although one evening buffet was outstanding in the choices and quality offered - sadly the next night was not so good.

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Family K - London
Arrived on: 25-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Chobe - lived up to the hype

We stayed here two nights had a game drive and a boat trip. This was the largest place we stayed in during our fortnight trip around the delta, and whilst lacking first name personal service provided excellent guiding on the trips, and good service in and around the lodging.

The lodge is in a nice location with great views over the river, and grounds that attract small animals and abundant birds.

The game drive was excellent - we saw an abundance of animals (including lions and a leopard cub), numerous birds and had quite detailed explanations of everything we saw from the guide. It was cold (6am in the winter), but blankets were provided. The park was busy (exactly what it says in the guide books - at one stage there were 10 vehicles chasing a lion), but once we elected to drive to a quieter area we had a great time.

The boat trip was somthing of a highlight given the numerous elephants (including families crossing the river, cleaning the grass before eating), water buffalo, impala, hippo, giraffe, crocs, eagles, etc... Again the river was busy but there was plenty of time and space to stop and watch the animals. The guide was excellent.

The rooms here are excellent - lots of space inside the room, plenty of furniture, a large safe, decent sinks/shower area and separate toilet cubicle. Also a small deck although without much of a view given that trees line the river bank.

The food is a mass produced buffet and has the potential to be busy if you arrive just after a coach party. Nonetheless, there was a wide choice of dishes, some of which were cooked on demand. The staff here were most helpful - when asked about nut ingredients the chef was summoned and gave us a detailed explanation of everything on offer that day.

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Family A - New Zealand
Arrived on: 12-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Chobe Safari Lodge review

The family room could accomodate 2 children and 2 adults but not our 3 children. We would have preferred to stay all in one unit but were told this wasn't possible. The 2 rooms we were given were a reasonable distance apart which we didn't think was ideal and a matress could easily have fitted in the family unit.

We loved the swimming pool and the food

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Mrs E & family - Netherlands
Arrived on: 19-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Chobe Safari Lodge

Very nice lodge, with many possible activities. The boat safari and game drive were both amazing. Seldom seen so many different animals, and so many animals at the same time. Amazing.

Great place from which to take a day trip to the Victoria falls.

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Mr and Mrs M - Kent
Arrived on: 2-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chobe Safari Lodge review

this was unlike all the other resorts we stayed as it is large luxury hotel.however none the worse for that. very comfortable. great river and land safaris. saw some of the best animals and birds of the trip

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Mr. F & party from Lisbon, Portugal
Arrived on: 15-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Chobe Safari Lodge review

Wonderful hotel and beautiful rooms. Unfortunately, they are having problems with mice in the beautiful rustic roof. I got droppings in my face on the second night while in bed and had to change room to a downstairs one (concrete ceiling). They were comprehensive and did the change in the middle of the night. I loved the upper rooms, with that great ceiling, but they should advice everybody to use the mosquito net, or even prepare it to every guest.

I am so glad we booked the afternoon game drive on the day of the arrival. The elephants at Chobe come to drink in the evening. So, for future guests, I would suggest you to include this game drive also.

The location is nice, not inside the national park, but it is much cheaper than to stay inside. The activities are good (game drives and boat trips) but they are scheduled and there is no flexiility in choosing the times of the activities, which sometimes could possibly suit teh guests better (Game drives run from 6 am to 9m and 10am-13pm). The boat trip in the evening is in a big boat that is a bit to big to my taste, taking lts of turists.

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T Family - Auckland
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Chobe Safari Lodge review

Chobe Safari Lodge as a whole was great - but it was unfortunate that our room was 'old' and needed a face lift. The room size was ample with 2 seperate sleeping areas but just felt it let the hotel down.

The buffet breakfast and dinner was superb - it was our first foray into game meat but there was also a great choice of other foods as well. The cocktail bar is a great place to watch the amazing African sunsets - albeit be careful of the cheeky monkeys !!

We went on the safari drive and sunset cruise (included in the package) and had a great experience seeing all the elephants and hippo's. Our morning game driver was excellent (be prepared as it can get VERY cold ... !!!) He was friendly and knowledgable as also were our sunset cruise staff. Unfortunately it was a full cruise so they ran out of snacks etc quite early !

I paid for the internet but found that the connection did not work - I was not refunded my money .. !

The location of Chobe Safari Lodge was perfect for us as we were able to walk to the local supermarket and stock up on reserves needed for our trip.

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Prof & Mrs H from Bristol
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Average
Food:
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Poor
Activities:
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Facilities:
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Chobe Safari Lodge

Good points: Great location on the river. Luxurious rooms (more than we needed to be honest). Great bird life and game on the river. Great 'private' river trip for game viewing.

Not so good: We found this more of a hotel than a game lodge. Land rovers for game viewing are large (11 people) and it became a bit of a scrum if a lion was spotted with lots of vehicles there (this was not allowed in the other two camps we stayed in). We were led to believe that laundry and drinks were included but they were not, not even water. In the other camps, they were.

A very large buffet was on offer for meals but the quality of the food was not as good as the two smaller camps we stayed in and the meat was invariably tough. Staff varied from friendly and helpful to sometimes a bit surly. River trip OK but lots of passengers appeared to be there for a boat rtrip with booze rather than game viewing.

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6 from Whangarei, New Zealand
Arrived on: 27-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great location and game viewing

A large resort situated right on the banks of the Chobe river. Safe walking distance to Kasane shops etc. Nice pool and communal areas, shaded by large trees. Good restaurant with extensive buffet catering to all tastes. Good food, good staff, good service.

An extended family of banded mongoose (s? mongeese?) kept us entertained outside our rooms. The highlights were the morning game drive where we saw a pride of female lions and cubs, also buffalo, impala etc, and the afternoon / evening boat cruise where we were entertained by elephants and giraffe coming down to the river-bank to drink, also crocs, hippo etc.

Fantastic viewing all round. Would certainly return.

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Mr G from Leics
Arrived on: 10-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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Chobe Lodge

I really enjoyed my stay at Chobe Lodge. I had a three day inclusive package that included 5 activities which gave opportunities to try different things, all of which were well organised and gave great results.

The one to one attention was particularly good, whether on a great fishing trip for tiger fish (caught two but missed several more, had a hoot motoring down stream and weaving in between the flooded trees to find the best spots), or the individual boat hire that resulted in some excellent game spotting along the river front, with lots of background info explained by the knowledgeable guide, to the walk through the Namibian village and explanations of village life and culture.

As a solo traveller these trips were very good, and were arranged to suit my schedule. The two other activities were the early morning game drive and sunset boat cruise, which gave opportunities to meet and socialise with other travellers, as well as see lots more game.

In terms of accommodation, I had a very large, comfortable, air conditioned room with a terrace looking out over the river and the food buffet at both breakfast and dinner was excellent, with a vast range of dishes that differed each night and featured local produce - it did feel a little strange photographing the impala and Koodoo during the day, then eating them at night, but it all added to the experience!

The staff were also very helpful in finding my luggage which had failed to make my connection at Johannesberg and arrived two days late.

Overall a great introduction to Chobe and Botswana

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