We stayed 2 nights in Chobe Safari Lodge and I would stay no more there. The biggest problem is despite full day game drives are available, there is a minimum requirement of 4 travelers, and since we were a party of 2 and no one else seemed interested in full day drives, we ended up doing 2 3-hour drives instead (departing 6am and 3pm, which are also good times for game viewing). This meant we only explored the areas near the park entrance.
They partner with Bushtracks for game drives, and you get a very mixed bag of guides. The first guide we had (name similar to "Ja") missed our questions, did not stop often for animals, and didn't even bother looking for wild dogs despite their location has been radioed earlier! Our second guide was Obie and he was great. We got nervous laughs from other guide safter we told them we were with Obie, as they're all thinking hard how to out-do him. Obie goes beyond the "beginners" information, has a good knowledge of birds, and goes out of the way to find animals.
The boat cruise is nice as an introduction to the Chobe River, but since we were on a large boat with 50 other passengers, it was hard to get close to the animals -- try to arrange for a small boat if you could.
As expected at a large lodge, staff are impersonal, and don't seem to be too concerned even if your food is 30 mins late and you ask them to hurry up the order in order to catch the boat cruise. Strangely, we can't even find a porter for our luggage!
Curio shop has a very good selection of postcards, wildlife guides and maps. Supermarket and ATMs are in a mall 3 minutes around the corner. Despite the the supermarket claims to take USDs, Rands and Pulas, the exchange rate is so horrible you'd be far better off taking Pulas from the ATM opposite.
We did not like the buffet selection as the food looked stale and the atmosphere too busy (USD14 pax for breakfasts, USD30 pax for dinner), and walked 10 minutes to the Chobe Marina Lodge where we found a quiet restaurant called the Commissioner's Room with a small menu at reasonable prices (USD20 pax excluding drinks). We may end up paying the same compared to Chobe Safari Lodge, but we're sure it's better food in a less harried environment.
We had #67 Safari Room, which was on the 2nd floor and had a verandah overlooking the Chobe River. Sadly, throughout the stay we did not see any animals on the lawn. The room is lofty, and we much appreciated that. Rooms are spacious, clean and well laid-out. Also had a strong aircon. Kettle a bit slow, but seems to be a common problem in Botswana. Doesn't have a fridge, so watch your supermarket purchases. One electrical outlet has 3-round-pin South African outlet -- great for those who forgot their adapters.
Overall, Chobe Safari Lodge is of reasonably good value, but only allows you to see so much of Chobe. Try switching to another lodge to see more of the beautiful park.
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