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Reviewed 9 October 2016

We stayed here two nights and had a very comfortable room. We did 3 safaris from here two by road and one river cruise all were fantastic and we saw all the animals we had hoped to see and up close. You could not get bored just seeing these amazing animals, The food in hotel was good and the service was OK but not as good as the sister hotel just over the road. We did get served the wrong food on one occasion, not helped by one of our group taking the wrong meal and eating it! A little bit of staff training and this hotel will be very good

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank RIDINGAROUND
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Chobe River Lodge is a large place with two separate buildings and a camping area and I originally thought it would be too big but the staff are so helpful and well organised that it doesn't feel that way. We stayed in the older section, loved facing the river with warthogs, mongoose and monkeys roaming freely on the lawns and our room was great. The food was magnificent, so many choices at the buffet it was hard to know where to start! We particularly enjoyed the evening boat cruise, hippos, crocodiles, elephants everywhere. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Older wing is closer to the river and more atmospheric
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Suzanne M
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We stayed here for a week between 10th and 17th September 2016 as part of the “In the Footsteps of Livingstone” Saga Holiday. Some game drives and river cruises were included in our Tour, but we booked an additional game drive and river trip during our stay. We also booked massages at the “Beauty Spa” in the grounds.

The setting on the banks of the Chobe River and close to the National Park is superb. We loved watching the wild but habituated to humans, warthogs, vervet monkeys and mongooses from our balcony. Seeing the shy bushbuck on our way to breakfast one morning was an added bonus. And the variety of birds were a delight.

Our room was upstairs in the older accommodation buildings in the resort, and we did experience one or two problems during our stay. This was mainly with the air conditioning (in fact we had to change rooms early on as it was not working in the original room allocated), but also there was no water one morning. With regard to the air conditioning the upstairs rooms have a tall thatched roof, and there is a large volume of air to cool. The air con units are really not up to the job, and the temperature in our room never got below 23ºC. The water problems were sorted within a few hours. There is no fridge in the rooms, but the maids do fill the ice bucket each evening, and additional ice can be obtained from the bar, I believe. The maids also set up the mosquito nets over the beds each evening, although we saw very few mosquitos in the room. Our bath did have a peeling surface, but the shower was large and worked well, with (usually) plenty of hot water.

Wifi did not work in our room, and could be very iffy even in the reception area, working one minute and not he next.

The restaurant buffet was excellent, but as breakfast and dinner were included in our Saga package I cannot comment on value for money. We ate at the Chobe Bush Lodge across the road one evening, and enjoyed the a la carte food and good service there, too, though the menu is much more limited. At lunchtimes both quality and service of food from the Chobe Safari Lodge bar was variable, though when it was good it was good value. A visit to the Sududu Bar (a short way beyond the campsite) is well worthwhile, particularly at sunset, though it is a shame that it is not open at lunchtime.

We had 3 Game drives specifically for our party of 24 using 3 vehicles between us. As other contributors have commented although you do generally see a good amount of wildlife the experience can be less special due to the large number of vehicles going around the same route (visualise Longleat on a Bank Holiday!) Not all the driver/guides co-operate and some take unfair advantage to give their clients good views to the detriment of others. We experienced such selfish behaviour when a safari vehicle (reg B121 ATV?) from a different lodge drew up alongside ours, thus totally blocking our view of the Leopard sighting we had just arrived at. Also not all the driver/guides appreciate that the people in the back of the vehicle do not get the same views as those in the front, and move position to accommodate everyone. This is particularly important when vehicles are full (which they usually are). Thus it was not such a good overall experience for us as we had experienced elsewhere, but the sheer profusion of wildlife and birdlife may make up for this for some people. When we were there in September cost per person of Game Drives was $40 per person. It is pot luck whether your vehicle is full or not. Two is the minimum, and if you want a vehicle to yourself the price is the equivalent as for 8 people.) Game drives last about 3 hours, and go at 6am and 3pm. There are no night drives in Chobe.

You can also hire a small boat and guide by the hour at $49 per boat per hour (1-6 people). We did this and it was a truly wonderful experience – just the two of us with our Guide, called Senior who was very knowledgeable and helpful. You can really get up close and personal with the wildlife on such a trip, and concentrate on the wildlife of particular interest yourself and having the time to get good photos. The amount of birdlife on the river and islands was amazing!

Both my husband and I had a massage at the “Beauty Spa”. This we felt was expensive (approx. $69 for a hot stones massage and $42 for a 30 minute head, neck and shoulders), and rather “rough and ready.” There was no air conditioning in the “salon”. The equipment that heated the stones blew up shortly after the start of my treatment, so the stones had to be heated by other means, which meant they were not of a consistent temperature. However my masseur was very friendly and thorough, but the lady who treated my husband didn’t speak to him during his whole session, apparently!

Despite some shortcomings, and hey ho this is Africa after all, the Safari Lodge provided a good level of accommodation and food, with the possibility of some super wildlife experiences. The sheer profusion of birdlife was absolutely amazing, and for bird lovers this place is a must!

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Victoria37
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

We recently stayed for 3 nights at the Chobe Safari Lodge and loved every minute. We did 2 safaris a day and had an evening sunset cruise and morning day break cruise. In September the water flow is low, so islands appear where usually there is water, and the islands attract animals. We saw large herds of water buffalo, elephants, gazelles, giraffes, hippos and lions.
The lodge itself is beautiful. The bedrooms are very nice and comfortable. The meals are all very delicious, with lots of variety.
The staff are wonderful. From the moment we arrived, they took over and all we had to do was enjoy ourselves. A big thank you to Graham for the wonderful morning cruise and the bloody marys. Also, a big thank you to Oriah our wonderful driver and guide. She is great at what she odes. She helped make each safari special.
We absolutely loved being pampered each day and hated to leave.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Parlouie
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

After 6 nights in the bush, Camping in the Savuti Channel, arriving at Chobe Safari Lodge was a welcome slice of civilisation. Check in was simple, greeted with a welcoming refreshing drink. The rooms were spacious - 2 double bed, AC, TV and excellent shower.
The grounds are worth exploring, with warthogs, a bushbuck countless birds and even a water monitor lizard to entertain.
Great coffee served here, and both breakfast and dinners were buffet style, but of great quality and fantastic choice.
Watching the sun set over the Chobe River from the bar deck was a great relaxing experience.
It really ended a perfect trip to Botswana.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
2  Thank JoeGK
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