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“Self catering at its best.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chobe River Cottages

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Lot 724, President Avenue, Kasane, Botswana   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Kasane
Malelane, South Africa
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“Self catering at its best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

What a great find, After a few days camping on sand in Botswana, we needed a place to clean up, rest and restock. The rooms were large, the kitchen was fully equipped and spotlessly clean. We did not use the pool but it was there and sparkling clean. The curry restuarant the staff recommended was excellent.

Room Tip: It is a small complex of cottages, they all good I am sure.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bronwen W, Owner at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your review and for taking time to write it, especially since it is your first review. You were delightful guests and we enjoyed having you to stay seeing all your pictures. Particularly Thuso, who remembers the fish too. Please come back soon. TRISH
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Chobe River Cottages is a real gem!

I had stayed at Waterlily lodge last year and had emailed to stay with them this year but when they had no availability they recommended Chobe River Cottages. We are so glad they did! I have never written a review before but I just had to for this place.

The cottages a lovely - roomy and well equipped, with own private braai area and patio area. There's also DSTV, a swimming pool and free wi-fi. The staff are really friendly and give great service. I left a pair of pyjama bottoms there and they emailed me to ask me what they should do with them, when I picked them up they had even be washed! We had only planned to stay here one night but when our accommodation in nata wasn't up to scratch we decided to drive to kasane to stay here another night!

The game drives and river cruise are delivered by Waterlily lodge and are both must do's! Great price and great size! A small boat and small vehicle (not like some of the huge ones you see on the river and around the park with lots of people in). We even had the morning game drives to ourselves with no other people on which was great.

I would definitely recommend staying here and will do if I return to Kasane again.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bronwen W, Owner at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Water Lily's loss was our gain. Thank you for taking the time to write the review and thank you for your comments. We enjoyed having you and hope you come back to us soon. The timeless beauty of the piece of paradise we are a part of can only be fully appreciated after the second and even third visit.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We would highly recommend staying at these well-kept, extremely comfortable cottages. As soon as we entered, we felt completely relaxed and at home. Every necessity is provided, with many thoughtful additions, such as chairs to take down and sit by the river, a booklet full of information about sights and activities. The staff are so friendly and helpful, coming to assist even before your ask. If you want to feel you are truly on vacation, stay at Chobe River Cottages.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Bronwen W, Owner at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, August 31, 2013
Thank you for your favorable review of our cottages. We appreciate the fact that you took the time to write it and we are delighted that you found them comfortable. We do try to make them a home away from home and we are indeed blessed with very good staff. I have passed your favorable comments on to them and they thank you too.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed at Chobe River cottages for 4 nights - 3 nights on our way up to Zambia and then 1 night on the way back. I was quite skeptical as it has been many years since I stayed in self catering accommodation and hadn't been to Kasane so wasn't sure what to expect.

It was a better than expected experience! The cottages are all the same (we stayed in #3 and #4) - new-ish, and excellently equipped. I started feeling quite at home and was sorry to leave!
There are bush pigs that graze in the garden area that provide good entertainment, as well as private braai/BBQ facilities. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need. There was nothing I looked for that I couldn't find. The patio has a netting curtain around it which makes it pleasant to eat outside without being pestered by bugs and mosquitoes in the evening. There are two aircon units and ceiling fans. We made use of the laundry facilities and this was reasonably priced and quick.Although we had a car, it is within easy walking distance of the Spar supermarket and the few restaurants on the main road.

I met Trish (unfortunately only when we checked out) and dealt with Bronwen when booking. Both were efficient and helpful. The other staff were also most helpful and pleasant.

The only improvement I could suggest is international credit card facilities. This wasn't available at the time I booked, although there may well be now.

I'd book here again. Excellent value for money.

Room Tip: 3 & 4 are closest to the pool, 1 & 2 closer to the road. Not much difference between all.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bronwen W, Owner at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Chobe River Cottages. We appreciate the fact that you did so and are grateful for your kind comments.

The warthogs are our mobile lawnmowers and the species of grass they love to eat was specifically selected and planted for their enjoyment. The tailor made mud holes are of their own making. We love them and they give us hours of enjoyment. The warthogs not the mudholes!

New bank regulations are now in force with credit card machines and we are no longer allowed to run payments through the machine without having the actual physical card.. We have applied for e commerce and hope that once that is in place we will be able to take deposits and payments internationally.
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This was almost a faultless experience from start to finish. Superbly appointed self catering bungalows set in manicured gardens with a pristine swimming pool, all set on the banks of the Chobe River. Our bungalow was tastefully furnished with high quality hard and soft furnishings. The hostess, Bronwyn was charming and helpful with everything we asked about - including use of her laundry facilities. The car was nicely tucked away in a secure yard and Bronwyn's restaurant recommendation was excellent. Bronwyn's young team of helpers were smiling and eager to respond to considerate requests. Exceptional value for money; highly recommended.
Oh yes, why wasn't it a completely faultless experience? We very stupidly only booked in for one night - but that wasn't Bronwyn's fault!

Room Tip: Limited number of rooms which all looked pretty much the same to us. The closer the room is to the m...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bronwen W, Manager at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you John for your very informative review. It was an absolute pleasure to have you to stay with us here and I hope that we can continue to improve and give other travelers the same positive experience. Best wishes from the Chobe River Cottages staff
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I was more than impressed. These cottages are nestled in a charming garden and are just perfect for the travel weary. The units are in excellent condition and have all the mod cons to make your life more comfortable especially after many hours of travel. The service was excellent and management was helpful and knowledgeable.I was really impressed!!

Room Tip: All good and quite private
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bronwen W, Manager at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you so much Natalie for your kind review. I am very glad that we could provide you with a restful and pleasant experience here in Kasane. We very much look forward to having you stay with us again in the future, all the best from the Chobe River Cottages staff.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We ended a 10 day trip at the Chobe river cottages. Extremely helpful, friendly without being in your space. Well situated, clean, new and a beautiful garden and deck at the river. Great value for money. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bronwen W, Manager at Chobe River Cottages, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Many thanks Margit for your review, from myself and the staff here at Chobe River Cottages. We are so glad that it was a good end to your trip, and we hope to see you again soon.
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Address: Lot 724, President Avenue, Kasane, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Kasane
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Kasane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chobe River Cottages offers beautiful self catering accommodation along the Chobe River in Kasane Botswana. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and beautifully furnished bedroom. The comfortable lounges, fitted with DSTV, offer a pull out couch so that each cottage can sleep up to four people and are ideal for families. Facilities include a swimming pool and wifi connection. ... more   less 

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