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“What you would expect from a great safari lodge”
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Chobe Safari Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kasane
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Sydney, Australia
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“What you would expect from a great safari lodge”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

The lodge is set on the edge of the Zambezi River which is very beautiful and provides excellent vantage points for sunsets and a range of wild birds gliding along the river, as well as other wildlife. I travelled during the wet season which meant that some of the boarded walkways were very slippery (which became annoying when rushing for a 6am game drive) but other than that the grounds are big and you will see a range of various wildlife (mainly Warthogs and Baboons) walking freely within the safari lodge (which means keep your doors locked). The Baboons provide you with lots of entertainment and can present great photo oppurtunities, especially in wet conditions as they try to seek cover.

The room I stayed in was very neat and tidy and the mosquito nets were a great addition, there were mosquitoes around but never in the room (I still used to mosquito nets anyway as you are in a safari lodge, make the most of the experience).
The food was very nice (Room Service) and the service was quick and the staff were always very friendly.

The all you can eat style dinner in the dining room of the lodge contained a range of great foods which always had me going back for more, there were mosquito nets around the food to protect it from bugs.
There was also a buffet style breakfast which again had a great range of foods.
One problem I did have at breakfast time was the fact that I wanted to take a plate of food from the buffet to my room as one of my travelling friends felt sick, so i decided to pay for her buffet breakfast but was not allowed to take the plate of food, and was met with a few confused and rude faces. I think at times the staff are not willing to go out of their way to help, but that does not account to all of the staff, just a few.

The bar and lounge area are just accross from the dining area and overlooks the nicely sized pool. The bar is fully stocked and is a great place to relax as it is right on the river but it is elevated and there is a relaxing deck with chairs to sit on with a drink.
Perhaps the lighting was a little dim but the friendly staff made up for that.

There is also an upstairs balcony just above the bar which is very large (perhaps they were about to put longes up there) which overlooks part of the river and also has 2 computers which can be used for internet.

The internet was not so good and seemed to be down for most of the time we were at the lodge, however I did not really need to use the internet anyway so it was not much of a problem for me.

The lodge is located 2 minutes from the local shopping centre which has most things such as a supermarket, a bank and a range of other shops.

The lodge operates daily cruises on the Zambezi river (Rain, Hail or Shine) in their own safari style boats. It did rain a little while we were out but there were plenty of Hippo's, Crocodiles, and other wildlife that we spotted along the way.
Some people might be on a very tight schedule such as myself so if the weather is not so good, thee cruise may still go on, but the operator of the boat has local knowledge and knows when it is too dangerous.

Overall I will have great memories of Chobe Safari Lodge.

Room Tip: Rooms with a balcony are good but remember to close your doors. I sat on the balcony with no hassles...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

The grounds are beautiful. The rooms are excellent. The community rooms (lodge and restaurant) are just lovely. The problem comes when guests interact with staff. The staff didn't seem to hear or care about our requests. Wrong meals were delivered at breakfast and dinner and no attempt was made to correct the mistake when it was pointed out... Kind of "so what" attitude. When they asked what we would like them to bring to our room, and we asked for iced tea, it never came.
So though the surroundings were wonderful, the experience left quite a lot to be desired.

Room Tip: Enjoy the animals that run free but keep your doors closed.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

An excellent venue....on the very edge of the nature reserve there are all sorts of wildlife in the grounds including wart hogs, beware of the monkeys and NEVER leave your appartment door open even for a minute. the rooms are large and kept spotlessly clean and have mosquito nets over the beds which as you will find out are essential! the restaurant offers an excellent choice of food and will often include local game such as impala or wildebeest. Whatever your taste it will have some fare you will enjoy! Dress is casual and shorts can be worn without looking out of place, however do be aware of mosquito bites which can be pareticularly nasty, despite using plenty of spray we both had some unpleasant ones! There is a small swimming pool by the restaurant and some sun beds. An excellent palce to stay again with very friendly helpful staff...internet was very spamodic!

Room Tip: some rooms are a short walk from the restaurant along wooden walkways, again beware of the monkeys a...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

I have been using the Chobe Safari Lodge for many years and have never been disappointed. I have watched it grow, be modernised and it has always got better, when I first stayed there back in the early 80's they ran their own generator for power. It has always been a warm and friendly place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Berkshire
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stayed here 3 nights because we wanted to visit the Chobe National Park. Our room was spacious although the cleaning was a bit haphazard! On our first night the room was full of bugs which caused us problems trying to sleep...the next 2 nights the bugs had been removed and it was a much more comfortable experience. The buffet breakfast offers a huge tasty choice. We also enjoyed dining in the evening. The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful. Each day we went out to see the animals which was a magical experience. The river cruise from the lodge is also to be recommended.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shellharbour, Australia
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Its Africa, Its Botswana, and you have to remember this, and they do their very best. We have recently returned from our trip with our 3yr old daughter. Actually she celebrated her 3rd birthday at the lodge. The buffett breakfast and dinner were supurb. So many choices, so much food. Very well prepared and delicious. We went on a morning safari and were not disappointed at all. Probably about 20 different birds and so many animals. Even a lion and lioness up close. The river cruise again we saw so many birds and animals. The lodge is located within walking distance of Kasane town with a great supermarket. You come here for the animals.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Once upon a time, this lodge must have been very nice It's time to spiff it up. Lighting is terrible, floors and walls need some attention. Rooms are large and beds are fine and truly everything is adequate ; however it disappoints. It was recommended because activities go out from this location and the lady who recommended activities and dealt with our planning was efficient and pleasant.
Some staff at reception seemed annoyed at our query for an upgraded room, smiling through gritted teeth. We had heard safari rooms were better than river view; ours was nothing special. I have no idea why the tents hang over the beds as there are no bugs. Sadly we could not use the veranda:to avoid monkeys so we did keep the doors shut.
Supper of a buffet was ok, but again so- so except for a fine soup and interesting salads. Servers were lovely and we appreciated the kind attention.
Yet, there is something tawdry here. Maybe because our room on the car park was at the very end and with few lights to guide us along the night path ,we felt slightly uncomfortable. As stated previously a bit of attention to freshening up rooms, using light appropriately (does anyone want to see the weeds clustered around decaying trees at night- spooky ) the place might reclaim its former charm.
Also a potentially dangerous situation might have arisen when we were on a boat. As thunder and frightening and no animals in sight ( they disappeared- smart), the guide seemed to have no authority to turn the boat around. As well, at check out, a small discrepancy had to be put to the manager's wife as staff had no authority to act. We were in Africa for an entire month and of all the places we stayed- from guest houses to The Oyster Lodge to Pom-Pom Bush Camp,Cho be Safari Lodge was the most disappointing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chobe Safari Lodge
Address: Border of Chobe National Park, Kasane, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Kasane
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kasane
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Hotel Class:3 star — Chobe Safari Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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