Reviews of Chobe Safari Lodge
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Chobe Safari Lodge review
Huge, luxurious room with a bottom of chilled wine to welcome us.
Horribly busy and too large a lodge for our taste.