Thobolo's Bush Lodge

B33 Plot 2459 Chobe District, Kachikau, Chobe National Park Botswana
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Overhead view of Thobolo's Bush Lodge overlooking Barangwe Pan
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#1 of 2 lodges in Kachikau
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Thobolo's Bush Lodge and Campsite is perfectly situated allowing for easy day game drives into Savuti, Linyanti and the top end of the Chobe National Park river frontage. We are located at the largest natural pan in the entire Northwestern region - Barangwe Pan. Both the Lodge and the Campsite are totally off the grid operating 100% on solar. Our solar powered boreholes keep the pans full throughout the year providing us with an abundance of wildlife. Thobolo's (Setswana for Gunn) Bush Lodge is owned by Mike Gunn, who built and operated Gunns Camp in the Delta for 20+ years.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Shuttle bus service
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
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Separate dining area
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Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Stovetop
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Landmark view
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

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B33 Plot 2459 Chobe District, Kachikau, Chobe National Park Botswana
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Mpacha Airport
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efftins wrote a review Aug 2022
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at the campsite with this wonderful and homely feel place. The bar and restaurant are great with one of the best views over a water hole I have ever seen.

The pool is nice, abolitions to the camp sites are maticulately clean and have nice hot water.

I loves it!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Miranda N wrote a review Oct 2022
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We camped at Thobolo's and had the best camp site very close to the water hole. The deck and bar area are beautiful and very stylish. We enjoyed a meal on the platform overlooking the water hole and spent the evening photographing the animals and sun set. Thank you to all the staff who helped make our stay so spectacular.
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Dominic D wrote a review Sept 2022
Dakar, Senegal15 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning lodge in the remotest part of Botswana with an incredible waterhole.

Incredible staff made our camping stay perfect whilst we enjoyed some 300 ellies and maybe 2000 buffalo during our sundowners.

Seems like a well kept secret but this spot should be on everyone’s bucket list. As welcoming if you stay in one of their chalets or if you bring your own tent.

Amazing and thanks guys.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Enjoy getting there. It’s fun! 😃
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Laura R wrote a review Jul 2023
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 2 nights on our way to Kasane. Facilities are ok, the waterhole is great, but the service should improve. When we arrived, the manager did not inform us that our guide's dinner was not included, nor that he had to book, so he was left without dinner, since they could not add one more person to dinner. The next night (once already reserved for 3), they didn't ask how we wanted the steak cooked, and when asking why, the answer was that they always cooked it the same (the night before they had asked and they cooked it correctly). In addition, the staff that cleared the table did not wait until we had finished eating. Manners are important.
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Date of stay: June 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Samuel M wrote a review Nov 2022
3 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Thobolos Bush Lodge has got amazing scenery, there is a lot of game so one does not need to drive far for game drives. We tried a night drive and we enjoyed it. I highly recommend 2 or more nights. They have a great chef. Already planning our next trip next year
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Date of stay: October 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: best view, wildlife can be seen while in the lodge
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Irene G wrote a review Aug 2021
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place! Our experience has been excelent. Mike and Di are the best hosts, absolutely charming, funny and transmitting their passion and love for wildlife. We had dinner on the terrace one night and the food was excellent, but what made the experience unforgettable was that in a couple of hours we watched hundreds and hundreds of buffalo and elephants pass through the wonderful waterhole. We missed a closer light point to plug in the fridge but the facilities were very new, modern and clean. Sleeping by the waterhole listening to the lions and elephants was wonderful.

A must!!!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Thobolos Bush Lodge, Owner at Thobolo's Bush Lodge
Responded 29 Aug 2021
Thank you for your generous words. We enjoyed meeting you and sharing our ' home' with you too. Botswana will look forward to your next visit. Be safe, stay healthy! The Thobolo's Team
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Julian M wrote a review Jan 2024
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing view and Lodge!! was able to see so many animals from the lookout point. Would definitely recommend this Lodge for nature and animal Lovers. The staff was also amazing and very well informed.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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EllieZam wrote a review Dec 2019
Abilene, Texas14 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three delightful nights here, and it was terrific. The lodge is top notch and is teeming with wildlife. Everything about Thobolo is Eco and fits into the surroundings. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of wildlife. The staff was outstanding, and Mike and Di are super hosts. I would highly recommend Thobolo to anyone wanting a unique African experience. I definitely plan to return.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Thobolos Bush Lodge, Owner at Thobolo's Bush Lodge
Responded 29 Aug 2021
Thank you for your generous words. We enjoyed meeting you and sharing our ' home' with you too. Botswana will look forward to your next visit. Be safe, stay healthy! The Thobolo's Team
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Robin H wrote a review Jun 2019
3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the campsite for a night and had dinner in the lovely area with a beautifull view over the waterpool, the food was delicious. The showers and toilets on the campsite; I would give 5 stars aswell, clean and nicely build. We could not have felt more welcomed by the owners, great experience!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John P wrote a review Feb 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thobolo's is a gem rarely to be found in the African Bush. The product of owner Mike Gunn's vast bush experience, astute planning and practical imagination, this lodge overooks two pans kept full by solar powered pumps. The daily volume of animals frequenting these pans is simply staggering, and you can watch a huge variety of animals enjoy the permanent water held there for them, while you enjoy a cold beer or many. Di is a wonderful hostess, and the state of the art accommodation is as good as can be found anywhere. Well done you two!
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Date of stay: February 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Rooms are standard
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Response from Thobolos, Owner at Thobolo's Bush Lodge
Responded 23 Feb 2018
Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to your second visit with us in April again this year. Mike Gunn, Owner
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lisem777 asked a question Mar 2018
Brussels, Belgium5 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi, Can anyone recommend a specific chalet for best views? Thanks!
Chobe National Park, Botswana6 contributions
Thobolo’s have now opened the very best, “ In the real bush “ campsite in this entire area.
Chobe National Park, Botswana6 contributions
Thank you for your interest in Thobolo's Bush Lodge. Yes we do offer transfers from Kasane - $100.00 round trip per person. Please visit our website for more information re the Day Game Drives offered and meals offered. Please do not hesitate should you have any further questions. Thank you. Reservattions
Samuel M wrote a tip Nov 2022
3 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"best view, wildlife can be seen while in the lodge"
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Dominic D wrote a tip Sept 2022
Dakar, Senegal15 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Enjoy getting there. It’s fun! 😃"
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Wally A wrote a tip Jul 2018
Melbourne, Australia49 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 2 with view of watering hole"
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John P wrote a tip Feb 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms are standard"
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Dhnidaan M wrote a tip Sept 2017
Mumbai, India62 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"From what the lodge says - all rooms face the waterhole and so the views are all good!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 8,121 - R 8,178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
BotswanaNorth-West DistrictChobe National ParkKachikau
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thobolo's Bush Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Thobolo's Bush Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Thobolo's Bush Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Thobolo's Bush Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Thobolo's Bush Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thobolo's Bush Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Thobolo's Bush Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Thobolo's Bush Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Thobolo's Bush Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.