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“Nice Hotel on the River”
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Chobe Marina Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Kasane B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Delmar, NY
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
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“Nice Hotel on the River”
Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a very nice well kept hotel with lovely grounds.
It is located in Kasane next to the Chobe River.
The rooms are spacious, clean, with lovely views of the river.
The food is good, not great.
For dinner, you have a choice of a buffet downstairs or a la carte upstairs.
Make sure to do a river game cruise - you see "tons" of animals and spectacular sunsets.
The land game drives are also great. The afternoon drive lets you see more animals, but in the morning you have a better chance of seeing a lion or leopard.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Thank you for your review and for staying with us as Chobe Marina Lodge, it gives us great pleasure hearing from guests that have stayed with us and enjoyed it!
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

In early August we were in a Botswana, self drive safari with our friends and their children. After 7 wonderful nights in Moremi, Savuti and Ihaha camps, we decided to stay for one night in Chobe Marina Lodge, enjoy a bit the luxury. While the lodge is going through a renovation, it was not really disturbing, rooms were very nice, all the staff were very friendly and professional, and the food quality, choice and service was excellent, too. I also like the location, garden is very nice, well maintained. The only negative point was that for my taste the restaurant was a bit crowded, however the staff managed the situation very well, service was smooth. As we spent the previous 11 days on the road, self drive safari, we decided to try the afternoon boat cruise and see the animals from the river. It was an excellent experience, our guide was very professional, the captain found the best position to see and photograph the birds and all the animals like the crocodile, hippo, elephant, buffalo, waterbuck or monitor lizard as well as the the beautiful Chobe sunset. The crown of the boat trip was the elephant river crossing, we were in a perfect position to watch how can a few month old baby elephant follow his/her mother and the elder sisters/brothers, swimming, holding the tail, use the trunk to breath. Was simply perfect. Overall great experience, hope we will be able to come again.

Room Tip: If you are with children, the 3 room chalets are the best, bit more expensive though
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thank you for deciding to stay with us for the night after your mobile / camping Safari through Botswana. As you mentioned we are busy refurbishing our lodge and we try our best so it does not inconvenience any of our guests visiting us at Chobe Marina Lodge. We hope to have all the renovations completed by March 2014 and then we will have a stunning property as we can pay more attention to the gardens as well and more importantly pay attention to our guests and our service levels. We are looking at ways of extending our dinning areas to create a bit more space, but in the mean time we do what we can with what we have and it works. It would be great if you do come back and visit again in the near future after we have completed our renovations I have no doubt you will enjoy your stay even more. The Elephant crossing is a fantastic sighting, something everyone should experience!
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Thompson Falls, Montana
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This lovely resort is located on the Chobe River and you can take off right from the dock to experience unbelievable wildlife viewing. Safari vehicles also take you into the Chobe National Park where the game drives are top notch. Our room at the lodge was clean, spacious and comfortable, but the friendliness of the staff is what made this destination outstanding. The food was great and I liked that they offered a variety of local cuisine. I loved relaxing on the deck and watching the elephants just across the river. Chobe Marina Lodge was an all around hit with us.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
It is always rewarding to hear that a guest to our property Chobe Marina Lodge, enjoyed their stay. The game viewing is spectacular and to share that with our guests is such a privilege we love doing. The Chobe marina Lodge is perfectly situated as you have said, the sun sets are amazing everyday and we try and ensure we offer the best meals, with great service. Naturally there is always rooms for improvement and we continue to look at ways to improve our service. Thank you for the wonderful feed back it makes it all worth while!
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Thompson Falls
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We had a wonderful room overlooking the river and wild land beyond. We enjoyed the river boat safaris in the evening and the game drives of the morning.
The restaurant was excellent. We had a package that included all meals which were buffets. The buffets had excellent choices and wonderful deserts. They also had a restaurant where you could order a' la carte which was open one evening. One evening meal was down on a lower deck and was eloquent.
We saw more game on our drives into Chobe National Park than anywhere else in Africa. We even saw a honey badger. How cool is that. We saw lots of elephants, giraffes, hippos, cape buffalo and antelopes. It was our first safari so we really didn't realize how good it was until we went elsewhere.
The staff was very accommodating and seemed more relaxed with guests than other places that we visited. They were very friendly. We didn't walk downtown but other guests did and said that was pleasant.
This was a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: We had for some reason the honeymoon suite. It was excellent.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us at Chobe marina Lodge. The area is indeed great for game viewing and as you mentioned probably the best in Africa. We are working hard at lifting our service levels and dining experience, and it is very rewarding when getting such positive comments, thank you! We hope that you will come visit us again soon!
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful 5 day stay at Chobe Marina Lodge. Whether you enjoy the game drives or river cruises - both are extremely well run by knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating staff. We did the afternoon river cruise and the boat only returns to the lodge just after sunset which are just too beautiful to put into words. Besides an abundance if wildlife including elephants, giraffe, water buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and impala, we were extremely lucky to spot a leopard and her cub during an early morning game drive. The Lodge can also organise a day trip to Vic Falls in Zimbabwe (only about an hour drive away) - which is a must if you are not travelling in that direction before or after your Botswana stay. Transfers to Zim went smoothly and the tour operator on the Zim side was also very helpful. Included in the day trip are the transfers, entrance to the Falls, lunch at a Lodge and entrance to the crocodile farm. The buffets (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are plentiful and fresh and can cater for a variety of tastes. My husband even tried the crocodile, goat, kudu and impala that was on offer for the first time! Kasane is a relatively small town and everything from the foreign exchange office to the local Spar is within walking distance. Thanks Chobe for a wonderful stay - can't wait to return!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Hi Kara, we are always delighted when a guest has a good time with us at Chobe Marina Lodge. We are also happy that we were able to share our paradise with you and your husband. The game viewing is spectacular and as you say the sun sets are just amazing, perfect everyday! When you do come visit us again in the not to distant future, I hope, I can assure you, your COCKTAILS, at our pool bar or river bar will be spot on so that you can enjoy our amazing sun sets even more! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Ballito, South Africa
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Accommodation good, food good but the buffet is just to expensive, no ale cart options to choose from, which means no other choices, breakfast very good but also very expensive.

The staff are good and friendly, but they are limited with any requests on the food issues.

In town also not many other options to choose from for restaurants etc.

Room Tip: All the river facing rooms are great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on TripAdvisor, we value comment be they good or bad as they do assist us in delivering what is expected. I am happy you enjoyed your stay with us at the Chobe Marina Lodge. As you would have seen how far Kasane is from anything and everything, so all of the hotels and Lodges all get their fresh, fruit and veg from SA, which becomes an expensive exercise, however I am happy to say that our prices are still very competitive with other establishments in the area if not cheaper than others. We do have an alacarte restaurant, which we do run in tandem with our buffet restaurant, unless there was a specific request or reason we only open one of the restaurants which seldom happens, it appears it did on this occasion, our sincere apologies for that. We recruit staff locally from the village as we like giving back to the community, so most of our waiting staff are on training however most of them are really good and can compare to any top waiter in the country. I certainly hope we can welcome you back in the not to distant future so that you can experience our service levels as we know it should be! All the best!
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Moss Vale,Australia
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

My accommodation was superb so much room I could have had a party! Food excellent and staff lots of fun. The lodge is in an excellent position by the river. I had 5 days at the lodge, 2 days too many, only because the game drives were pretty boring having to stay on the roads all the time and no off road to find the animals who weren't inclined to stay by the roadside and be presented to us!!! However one time the driver did sneak slightly off the road and we did see a pride with a kill. I loved the river trips with the amount of bird life around each time (I did 4 trips). Sunset on the river was magical.

Room Tip: My room was spacious, also had an area with lounge, microwave set up and great little balcony, could...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Malcolm R, Chief Operating Officer at Chobe Marina Lodge, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear Camillia, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience while staying at Chobe Marina Lodge. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and that your expectations were met, we do have an amazing property and we always happy to share our paradise with others such as yourself. The game viewing, on land and water is amazing in the Chobe and this area of Botswana. As the game drives happen in the Chobe National Park, no of road driving is permitted, which is unfortunate, however we support it totally as it does preserve the area for our future generations and we are very much concerned about our environment. I will pass your comments onto the our Chef who has recently started with us and has taken our meals to a different level. We look forward to welcoming you back, and hopefully not in the to distant future.
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Property: Chobe Marina Lodge
Address: Chobe River, Kasane, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Kasane
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Kasane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chobe Marina Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 66
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