My wife and I spent four nights here to relax after hectic visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was ideal for the purpose. The rooms, admittedly, could do with some 'tarting up', but were very good. We had an excellent view of the Chobe River and Namibia from our balcony and birds flitting around most of the day in the gardens below. An excellent variety of teas and coffee available in the room. The mosquito nets were a little shabby and did not meet all round and needed Velcro or some other fastening, which defeated their object. The bathroom was excellent with a bath, large shower and permanent hot water.
The hotel itself was impressive with dark stained wood everywhere, plenty of space to sit and good size pool that was usually empty of swimmers and with loungers to spare. It may have been winter, but it was hot and relaxing. The central baobab tree with its tribe of mongooses was a great centrepiece. The staff were all very welcoming and friendly.
The pool bar was well stocked and the poolside restaurant and main restaurant excellent. The food was equally first class; large buffet breakfast with a wide variety of hot and cold dishes, juices etc. ; lunch to the same standard. Dinner was buffet, but a-la-carte was also available, although we prefer buffet so that you can have as much or as little of whatever you fancy. The choice of starters was very good, as were the meats, vegetables and desserts. The main courses catered for international and local tastes. The meat, always at least three options, was always cooked to perfection and we particularly liked the 'loin of kudu' and impala, but the warthog and crocodile were also very tasty, as was the excellent beef. It was interesting to go that distance and eat one of the best bread and butter puddings I have had!
There are plenty of activities; we did one morning and one afternoon game drives, with lionesses and cubs on our first outing. We also did a sunset cruise that enabled us to get up close to hippos and elephants and see much other wildlife. These were all included in our four day package. Just note that the open-top jeep rides over solid tyre tracks is hard on the back, though worth it if the pain subsides quickly!
My only real complaint was the unwillingness of the hotel to change currencies, even to break down the local one. It was only when I said that I would not be able to give any tips that I was able to do anything.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone who loves wildlife, the outdoors and relaxing - Ideal!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa situated on the banks of the mighty Chobe River in Botswana is one of southern Africa's sustainable tourism destinations where luxury exists in harmony with nature, providing a unique location from which to explore the magical wonders of untamed Africa. Game, including herds of elephant, antelope, giraffe, zebras, lions, leopard and many more, roam freely in the nearby Chobe Game Park. Sunrises and sunsets in this part of the world, with the Chobe River and Namibian flood plains as a backdrop are the substance of dreams. Birdlife is in abundance. Bird species unique to this part of southern Africa can be seen on the property as well as on the banks of the Mighty Chobe River. Facilities at Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa include 110 luxury air conditioned bedrooms and 4 suites all with river views, a 9 hole golf course and fully equipped spa. Each guest room has a private balcony. In these tranquil surroundings you will come to experience true comfort, superb accommodation, gourmet cuisine and African inspired menus and only the best in personalised 'African-style' service. Play a round of golf on the famous golf course or enjoy bird watching on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. Take time to interact with the un-spoilt natural and beautiful surroundings while enjoying a leisurely massage at the Mowana Spa. All 110 bedrooms and four suites boast spectacular river views and have been tastefully decorated in an ethnic style to compliment the natural ambiance. Both the Serondella Restaurant and Savuti cocktail bar overlook the Chobe River and Namibian flood plains, the ultimate place to watch the abundant wildlife gathering at twilight. The Spa at Cresta Mowana is beautifully designed, featuring natural textures and ethnic elements. It is in harmony with the surrounding Chobe National park, a serene space that offers sanctuary from the stresses of life. With four private treatment rooms complemented by a raised deck overlooking the mighty Chobe River on which open air pampering sessions are highly recommended, the Mowana Spa offers state of the art facilities and a range of Clarens treatments and therapies that will have you spoilt for choice. Life doesn't get much better than this. Day trips can be organized to Victoria Falls, just 80 kilometres away from Cresta Mowana Safari Resort & Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mowana Safari Hotel Kasane
- Mowana Safari Lodge