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Chobe Bakwena Lodge
Ranked #1 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Kasane
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2014

This a a true gem. The attention to detail and planning put into their labour of love by the lodge owners, Adam and Jen is tangible from arrival. The staff were friendly and efficient and are recruited from locals and mentored throughout by the owners. We rested and ate well. Thanks to tripadvisor we found this hideaway on the banks of the Chobe river for our dream African Christmas. This lodge comprises of only ten rooms contained in ten seperate "rondavels" (which is a luxury westernised version of the African-styled round hut with high pitched thatched roofs) with en suite bathroom in it and a private outdoor shower leading from it. We will be back!

Room Tip: We stayed in number 7 which had a great view from its deck and was very private... but all the other...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Got their (transport motorbike) the 24 December 2013 it was as hotter than hot. They greet us with welcome drink and face cloth that was only the beginning of a really good stay home away from home. The owners (Jen & Adam) were like family from the moment we met. The food well prepared. The rooms very clean. Nothing to complain about every was perfect. Thanks again to Bakwena Lodge staff.

  • Stayed: December 2013
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1  Thank Amanda V
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

What a find! After 24 nights in Southern Africa, we took a vote from our travel group and this was the clear favorite.

If you like budget-friendly luxury, not superfluous opulence, and seek to patronize establishments that go the extra mile to be ecologically sustainable and support local community, then this couldn't be more fitting. The more I learned about the coming-together of this lodge and how it's run, the more I was impressed with the detail-oriented and ethical efforts. And it's a gem that's still being polished with forthcoming additions (e.g. additional solar powering; waste conversion; water purification; bio-diesel) as it's still very new - about a year or so.

Without TripAdvisor I would have missed this as it's outside of Kasane, and nicely located away from the tourist masses (about 15 minutes) and conveniently near the border when coming/going to Vic Falls. Adam (the owner) was extremely helpful with my numerous back-and-forth email questions and fluid scheduling changes. In retrospect I wish that we had stayed more nights as it was the best value overall and left us feeling very content about our expenditure. They even arranged a very economical taxi (Peter) to drive us to the Namibian border (Ngoma gate) and pick us up days later to return to Kasane airport.

Likes:
- Employs locals of the nearby village - they all walk to work - and uses only locals products whenever possible to reduce carbon footprint and invest in local businesses.
- Ecologically built and run (sustainable wood and paints, solar-heated water, LED bulbs, recycling, furniture and decorations from local artisans).
- Pool is chemical-free and the water is sourced from the Chobe river, refreshingly different.
- The included steak dinner was excellent (another 'best' of our trip, surprisingly) and the greens are grown on the property, kudos to the chef!
- Outside and inside showers; best of both worlds and lovely to be au naturale, in nature.
- Friendly staff: enjoyed their welcome song and persistent helpfulness.
- Beautiful architecture: lodge overlooking the river, as well as each unit with its own feeling of privacy.
- Great night's sleep.
- Underscoring extras: included laundry washing kit; plenty of outlets and lots of natural light in each well-designed unit - making great use of space; cozy, fair-priced bar; complimentary afternoon snacks and drinks.

Dislikes:
- We were pleased with plentiful and varied game viewing our evening boat tour - currently operated by a partner company - but underwhelmed by our guide.

Room Tip: Further away from the main lodge (numbered from 1-9, starting from the lodge) ensures feeling 'a...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We, a group of three, stayed at Chobe Bakwena for only three nights. Upon our arrival we were greater with warm face cloths and fruit cocktails. This immediately set the tone of our amazing stay. The lodge is situated alongside the Chobe river. All the rooms were wonderfully designed and very clean. During the late afternoon our beds were turned down and the mosquito nets were let down. We had an amazing game drive and saw lots of different game. The food was delicious and fresh - exactly what you feel like on a hot summers day. The staff were so amazing! They were so warm and welcoming, they had a constant smile and were so hospitable. We really had the most amazing time and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Kyla E
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Recently opened and smoothly run by owners Adam and Jenny, this beautiful and scenic accommodation meets all requirements. Each bungalow is completely private with an exclusive view of the Chobe. They are designed with an intimate understanding and sensitivity of the environment that is not found elsewhere. Lovely fresh food and charming staff added to the mix and a swimming pool to top the magnificent Chobe Bakwena experience.

Room Tip: All rooms are completely private with individual unique views
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Roy E
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed at this new lodge in sep 13. Great location between Kazungula and Kasane, 5 min to ferry, under 15 min to airport Kasane. Kasane has many many different lodges to offer, but its one lodge next to the other. Bakwena is pretty hard to find, as it is not one of those lodges that you would find along the "lodge strip of Kasane". Located right on the river bank it offers very nice cabins/chalets, so pretty designed that photos could be published in a magazine. Huge deck in front facing Chobe River, you won't be able to see your neighboring chalet. Very comfy beds, mosquito net if needed. The chalet is round and has a huge bathroom, toilet separate, and an open air shower. I took so many photos just of the bathroom, as I loved the design. The swimming pool will be ready soon, maybe oct13.
Food: that's the only point that Bakwena needs improve slightly. Bar, restaurant and Boma - the open fireplace- makes you aware of where you are - under Africa skies. A little more variety on food would make this place worth 6 stars!
Thanks to Jenny, Adam, Tracy and the friendly staff of Bakwena, that made our stay so,wonderful

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Curlyss
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The lodge had only been open for six weeks when we arrived. As you might imagine it was pristine. The lodge was designed by the owners and reflects a deep concern for architecture that expresses a respect for the natural habitat and aesthetic. The cabins were gorgeous and the main lodge a masterwork of eco-conscious design. Although Bakwena is about a twenty minute drive from the Chobe park entrance, we seized upon this fact as an opportunity to add a cultural element to the trip by walking to the main road to grab public transit (van) into town (Kasane). We had a great time wandering around and checking out the markets. The serenity of the location and the super friendly staff made this a relaxing stop on our 18 day journey. Of course the game viewing in Chobe was special and the late afternoon boat ride was really an amazing game drive experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank DanielM1515
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Address: Kwena Road, Kasane, Botswana
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Location: Botswana > North-West District > Kasane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Kasane
Price Range: $175 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Chobe Bakwena Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chobe Bakwena Lodge is a small owner run eco lodge built on the banks of the Chobe River. The lodge is built using sand bag technology and offers an eco friendly, affordable option for a responsible tourism option. ... more   less 
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