Reviews of Garden Lodge
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Garden Lodge review
Excellent location with own access onto the river. Superb staff and John was an excellent guide both on the water and the game drive.
Emily at Reception was great, she sorted out our car drop off for us and sent the pick up away when it came an hour earlier than arranged to take us to Victoria Falls. We were made to feel at home and enjoyed meeting other guests and the owners and staff informally.
Transfer to Victoria Falls went okay but we had not been told that we were changing vehicles at the border and were left to ourselves to find this out.
Set on the Chobe river.
Spacious well appointed accommodation set in lovely grounds which reach down to the river.
Game drives and river trips were excellent and the drivers know where to take you for the best game viewing experiences ever.
Food was good and varied, being well presented.
Staff and the manager's were very friendly and went out of their way to make your stay special.
Look out for the mongoose family that visits the gardens, about 40 or so, along with nocturnal visits onto the lawn by the local hippos.
Garden Lodge review
Amazing boat tour across Chobe river front.
An amazing surprise taking us downstream to see the storks, egrets and herons outside of the park (we saw a clawless otter there!)
Amazing jeep safari the following day!!! Lions, mangosts, a honeybadger...
Garden Lodge - The Place to Stay in Kasane
Our stay at Garden Lodge was wonderful.
From the moment we arrived and were greeted by the team we were made to feel welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The lodge is small, overlooks the river and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Our room was spacious, well equipped and tastefully decorated. The bathroom was large with a great walk in shower. A veranda with comfortable seating had great views especially at sundown. Elephants, hippo and mongoose were all seen in the gardens.
We enjoyed some relaxation on loungers around the pool and in the comfortable lounge area, supplied with a selection of interesting books and where tea and coffee were available.
Meals were taken communally, in a relaxed atmosphere with attention to every ones particular needs. The food was delicious, plentiful and served with a smile.
We had pre booked a day trip to Victoria Falls. The organisation of this was flawless and we had a wonderful experience from the moment we were collected in the morning to our return in the late afternoon.
As we had time on the morning of our departure before our pick up we asked if we could have a game drive into Chobe . This turned out to be a great experience with just the two of us with our guide who was excellent.
The staff really made this place one we would highly recommend.
Garden Lodge is outstanding
This was the highlight of the trip. Although slightly more expensive than Nambian lodges this is a full board option with 2 game drives per day: either in the park on roads or on the boat. The food was amazing and visitors sat round a large family style table to share stories and advice on their travelling, this was helped by one of the staff always eating with the guests.
An incredibly friendly feel, where nothing was too much trouble. Afternoon tea and cake was a nice touch, as was the free washing/ironing service - very handy at the end of a long trip.
Not too large which gave it a family feel. Outstanding lodge and ethos.
An oasis of calm at Garden Lodge
We were welcomed by Emily, one of the managers who, despite it being 2.30p.m. rustled up a lovely lunch for us. The Garden Lodge was an oasis of calm in the busy town of Kasane. Nothing was too much trouble for the team of managers or their staff. The rooms were large and comfortable and had a.c. The food was delicious.
Trips on the Chobe River were great, there is a huge variety of birds. The highlights were the elephants coming down to drink in the morning and evening. One evening we were treated to 10 minutes of a leopard coming down from his tree and walking along the river bank. The two guides, Innocent and John, were very knowledgeable and knew just where to go to see the best of the animals and birds.
We were a bit disappointed by the safari in the park as there were nothing like the numbers of animals around that we had experienced in July five years ago. It had rained 2 weeks ago and the animals had dispersed, although they were drifting back as it hadn;t rained since.
We loved it here and would recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Chobe.
3 lovely nights
Beautiful accommodation and setting on the banks of the Chobe. Very friendly and helpful staff. Again we enjoyed the conversation at a communal table.
Every meal was a culinary treat - including afternoon tea in temperatures of 40C! Excellent inclusive trips ( although our relief driver learnt a bit about wildlife from us!!) Lovely and airy and relaxed.
Friendly lodge in Kasane!
We spent two nights at this friendly lodge. The lodge is smaller than many others we saw in Kasane, which gave it a homey feel. The staff is incredibly friendly and the guides very knowledgeable. The meals, served family style, are basic but hearty.
The lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River with lovely views. Travelers should note, though, that the lodge is situated just outside of Chobe so you need to head into the park for game drives and boat trips – the area immediately inside the park can be a bit crowded with boats. We saw a lot of animals, particularly elephants, and on our game drive to Chobe saw a leopard and a pride of lions. The boat tours are great and personal given their small size. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
We were surprised the game drives start at 8:30 (a bit later than many lodges), but the game viewing was still great as the guides were successfully tipped by previous drives.
Lovely friendly place to stay.
A lovely friendly place to stay. It was good to sit with others when eating, to share experiences.
The staff are very genuinely friendly and seem to actually enjoy meeting and chatting with guests, rather than just passing pleasantries. The boat trips and game drives were excellent, we had never realised how much game there was here, compared with Namibia. Though it was a bit of a shock to see all the boats on the river from the large lodges. So pleased we were in the Garden Lodge, as it was small and intimate.
Our room was the smallest, but it was cosy and had everything we needed. A really good end to our trip.
Our hire car was collected from the lodge, which was very convenient and unexpected. A very good end to our adventure
Garden lodge heaven
Although not as luxurious as others this is a charming lodge, with fantastic food and great hosts who sit wiht the guests over meals.
Maybe our favourite place.