The hotel rooms are really nice and luxurious, the restaurant is nice, too. But for the money they take for the rooms I think it's more than appropriate.
The rooms are cleaned every day, however, from day 2 on we had two middle-seized spiders in our bathroom which were never taken care of. There is complimentary water (0.5 l) every day.
The first day we wanted to do a boat tour. 15 minutes before we wanted to start they told us that THEIR boat tour was a PRIVATE boat tour, and we didn't belong to them (whoever "them" was)... That was pretty rude. I booked in FEBRUARY. How early do you need to book? Or do other criteria apply? We didn't find out. They put us on a birding tour. We are so not interested in birds. It would have been nice to stop and have a look at the bigger game though...
The second day we did the game drive. They put us on a group with 7 very loud, very talkative women who were very interested in chattering but not in the animals. Nevertheless we stopped at every bird, every antelope. Unfortunately we were late to see a lion kill then, but we managed to stand in the fourth row of jeeps and saw one lion in the end and after a number of other drivers had told ours about the kill. The rest was already gone. Then we asked to do the river route like all the people did because then you see all the animals - but we were told that, unfortunately, there was not enough time left now. We shook our heads in disbelief.
We were told that we could pay in US dollars at the end of our stay. When we heard about the final price we wondered a lot and asked why it was so much more expensive than we thought (US$ 588 instead of US$ 509). Only then we were told they used another rate than the banks in Kasane (at the banks it was 8.3 Pula for 1US$, the lodge gave 7.2 Pula for 1 US$). Wow... thanks for telling me afterwards... The banks are about 500 meters from the lodge, and as we had enough time we went there and changed money. But it spoiled our stay further.
I like staying at smaller hotels and pensions because you are treated more personally and get to know the owners. I thought it really strange that the owners did not introduce themselves to us at all. That was a drawback, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- THE OLD HOUSE is a small family owned and run Bed and Breakfast situated in Kasane, overlooking the Chobe River. Conviniently located within walking distance to all shops and a 10 minute boat ride to the entrance of the Chobe National Park. We offer accommodation, boat cruises, game drives, fishing and canoe trips. ... more less
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