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.
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