The Garden Lodge

Reviews of The Garden Lodge

Excellent(94%) From 24 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 24 of our travellers who have visited The Garden Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Family P - New Zealand
Arrived on: 20-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very well looked after at the Garden Lodge

Staying at the Garden Lodge is perfect if you want to be looked after. The staff were great at accomodating all our need, even checking with us before shopping for food and making a special early serving for the children.

The guided activities were well organised and varied.

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Mrs D - Maryland
Arrived on: 31-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Garden Lodge Review

The Garden Lodge was a lovely introduction to Botswana and viewing the animals. It was very comfortable and exceeded my expectations in terms of amenities.

The owners and the staff were uniformly helpful and very welcoming. They accommodated the need for vegetarian meals without making any sort of fuss at all. The only thing that surprised us was the number of German-speaking guests. We learned that they focused on that population because Gabi, one of the owners, is from Germany. It gave us an unique experience since many of them also spoke English.

We also enjoyed John, who was our guide in the game drives on the river trips. He seemed to know quite a lot about the animals and the environment. We particularly enjoyed learning about traditional uses of some of the plants.

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Ms G - Ireland
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Garden Lodge review

fantastic place to stay, staff very welcoming, helpful and friendly. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable.

the excursions we did from Garden Lodge were absolutely amazing. we did two game drives and one boat cruise which were exceptionally well run and good fun with John (or shall we call him Carlos) and Kelvin the prefect guides. The sunset boat cruise was one of the most amazing things we did on our trip and we would recommend this as a must do / stay

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Ms J & Mr R - Bath
Arrived on: 1-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Garden Lodge review

This is a wonderful place to stay.

The rooms are lovely, the food was fantastic, the staff were all very helpful and the boat trip along the Chobe River was amazing - well worth doing.

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Mr & Mrs P - Harrow
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Garden Lodge review

Excellent land and water based game viewing. Staff were very helpful and friendly. The room needed an uplift.

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Ms H, Mr B & Ms B from Norway
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Garden Lodge review

A very nice little lodge in the center of town. The management couple aswell as the staff was very serviceminded and really enjoyed our stay there.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kasane to Cape Town Day 4

See previous comments [See below]

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Kasane to Cape Town Day 1

After our delayed flight from Jo'Burg we were met at Kasane by Morgan who immediately asked whether we would still like to do a boat trip that afternoon; this perked us up immensely as we had been thinking the delay would mean we'd lose the opportunity. He drove us to meet the boat at the park registration point (therefore not inconveniencing other guests who had boated from the lodge) and took our luggage off to our room. The boat trip with John (aka birthday boy!) was excellent.

Staff at the lodge could not have done more to help with resolving the problems caused by Elegant Farmstead having 'bumped' us at the very last minute. They were also happy to allow us to leave a bag at Garden Lodge pending our return in two days time and there was no problem in agreeing we would settle our bill for both stays on our second departure.

All staff were smiling and friendly and we were welcomed back after two nights elsewhere like long lost friends; our spare bag was already awaiting us in our new room. Everybody was so helpful on the last morning when our car key was mislaid – much appreciated!
Rooms at Garden Lodge are rustic in style but have everything necessary including A/C and a hairdryer; they're very comfortable but not fussy. Food is wholesome, well cooked and tasty but not fancy and you eat at communal tables including some of the staff which leads to some fascinating conversation over dinner.

There is an attractive pool, lovely gardens complete with family of warthogs and the owners' dogs and cats about.

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Ms S & Ms H - Norwood
Arrived on: 8-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Another excellent riverside location

The garden lodge rooms were comfortable with our upstairs room having a good balcony with good view. The food was good and there was a good range of activities.

We went on the game drive which was a little disappointing as it became a little rushed and we drove out of the park on the same route as we had gone in - some variety here would have been preferable and a sighting of the river!

However, the afternoon boat trip was excellent - fabulous close ups of animals, very relaxed and an informative and entertaining guide.

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Expert Africa comments

Gabi, the owner of Garden Lodge, is grateful for all of our travellers’ comments, the ‘good or not so good’. She replied to us about this: "As far as the game drive is concerned, our guides take our guests where they feel guests will have the best game viewing. That could mean the same road is used for going in and coming out. It all depends on the day, time, and what other guides have seen the same day."

Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 29-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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The Garden Lodge review

An excellent, relaxed atmosphere. Rooms were well equipped and a laundry facility available. The pool area was well designed and looked inviting. Dinner is a communal affair with wine included – food is good, wholesome and home-cooked – we had duck salad (ducks shot that morning by staff!), and pork chops.

We took an excellent afternoon boat trip and good drive in Chobe NP the following morning. We could have happily stayed 2 nights or more as many guests were doing.

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