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Chobe Game Lodge
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

great place with great people. nice comfortable rooms all facilities included. food;services ;tours; birds and animals on the chobe river and national park ; makes it unique.very pleasant

Room Tip: all rooms are the best
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

As part of a two week safari adventure across Africa this was our third stop & a change from being under canvas. We received a fantastic warm welcome from Maggie & staff on arrival after a long & exhausting trip from Kenya. As well as being upgraded to a suite we were treated to a surprise dinner for two on our terrace with singing by the staff ~ an unforgettable birthday surprise. Accommodation was luxurious, service & food were faultless. Our guide Lynn & trainee Neo were both courteous & amusing during our several forays into the bush & on the River Chobe. The birdlife & animals are plentiful, the guides knowledgeable & helpful. Unfortunately we did not see any big cats or rhino but this cannot be guaranteed. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra & crocodiles abound in great numbers, attracted to the waterside. Sundowners in the bush or on the water ended the safaris perfectly. Thank you to Desert & Delta Safaris for the organisation, impeccable timing of transfers & the knowledge we were in safe hands. A superbly memorable experience.

Room Tip: Most rooms overlook the River Chobe with views across the grounds. Our suite 205/206 provided excell...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BrianandJacqui
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

Every moment of our time in Botswana was great. From the smiles and meaningful welcomes at immigration through the welcome from the chirpy and effervescent Guest Relations Manager, Maggie, to our wonderful guide Chipo, and not forgetting the fantastically high count of animals, everything surpassed our expectations.

The Chobe Game Lodge is more a hotel than a lodge, but this added to the feeling of a high-class holiday, rather than staying at a true lodge, which might feel too informal and less of a significant event?

The staff were friendly and intelligent, with excellent English. True, some were trainees, but generally they could not do enough for us, even when there was confusion over meeting times for a river cruise, they got out another boat and ferried us out to the original boat that had already left. Sometimes you did notice an "extra" juice added to your chit, but our view was that the staff can't be on much money so that extra juice for their break was no care of ours seeing as it was AI and we weren't paying for it!

Another great service was the Free (Inclusive) Laundry service – the only one we have come across in our holidays ever, much appreciated! Rooms were well decorated with a nice bathroom - not your Ritz or Raffles, but still a good state.

The food at the lodge was always of high quality and being all inclusive, there was always so much, and with at least 3 mains each meal, there was something for all palates. Sometimes we missed lunch to ensure that we enjoyed dinner all the more! We especially enjoyed the Boma Barbecue, as we made sure that we covered ourselves with insect repellent – in fact we did not get bitten in Zimbabwe or Botswana at all, only in Mauritius!

The Resort was about 75% full, and everyone seemed to be very happy with the facilities.

The shear abundance of animals was surprising, and perhaps it has given us a slightly false view of the definition of “safari” as we may be disappointed in future if we do not see such a high density on another Safari. This was demonstrated even before we arrived at the Chobe Game Lodge: the transfer from the border was in a safari truck, and almost as soon as we entered the National Park, wildlife was apparent: Monitor lizards, Impala, Kudu, Hippo and a herd of Elephant. The latter being the cause of a curious event. An Italian couple were being transferred with us and the woman got rather agitated at the closeness of the Elephants as she apparently had Pachydermopohobia! Now both my wife and I had to seriously question the sanity of coming to Chobe if you have a fear of Elephants!

As a couple, we appeared to be lucky charms for the Safari Drives: We saw the first pack of Wild Dogs for 3 months and the first herd of Zebra for 6 months. In fact about the only larger animal that is native to that area of the park that we did not see was a leopard (one to come back for!). Our guide Chipo was very informative and had a fantastic eye for catching glimpses of animals that us mere mortals would have missed. She was driving along at about 30 kmph when she suddenly hit the brakes, and went into reverse about 10 metres. “Has anyone a pair of binoculars or zoom lens?” she said pointing to a tree about 40 metres distant. “Train them on a branch about half way up.” We all looked and still not seeing anything, we asked her what to look for. “Is that a snake?” she asked. I was still struggling to see it, until I noticed it move slightly. Indeed it was a Southern African Rock Python, posing as a branch of a tree. She ensured that we saw some fantastic sights such as a Hippo up close, Giraffes trying to cross the river, the whole pride of 11 lions in the area, and hundreds of wonderful Elephants. Chipo and a colleague even joined us for dinner on our last night at the Lodge.

All in all, very highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Llundain
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

My husband and I recently visited Chobe Game Lodge for two days and looked for something different and unique. The food, staff, accommodation, views and everything about this beautiful lodge was absolutely stunning and worth every penny. Last but not least, my sincere thanks to the guides who made this experience even more memorable. We have travelled extensively through Africa and the world, and if we have the opportunity again, will definitely return. Well done Chobe Game Lodge!!!!!

Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
2  Thank jmb023
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

we just got back from a 2 week trip in Africa. We thought this would be a great place to end our trip. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. The staff was clueless and could not communicate, the food was awful. Who only offers pizza for dinner in a 5 star resort??? seriously? The guide/tracker had no knowledge and wasted our time. The rooms are "tired" and need a facelift. Do you guys own a dryer because the towels hurt to yes them they were stiff and rough. We were checking out in the afternoon around 2 and they told us they had no lunch for us. Would save your money and stay anywhere else! Sorry for the bad review, but wish that someone had warned me! The resort was empty even though it was their peak season... that should be a hint

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

We stayed at Chobe Game Lodge for 3 nights while celebrating our anniversary. The staff toured us through Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton's room where they stayed. They got married at this resort for their second time!

We saw lots of elephants while on safari. The had 2 riding safari's daily and 1 river cruise, so ample opportunities to see a lot. No rhinos though due to poaching:-( We had lunch on the river cruise amongst the African elephants. My mission for our guide was to find a leopard in a tree. They are very difficult to find. Unfortunately, our last game drive of our trip - no leopard in a tree. So, we took a river cruise to watch the sunset during our last night. Can you believe we spotted a leopard in a tree on the shoreline! A great going away gift from our guide!

The staff were all very friendly, and they hosted a special anniversary dinner for us. Lots of candles in brown bags surrounding us, and the staff serenaded us over dinner.

We would definitely recommended Chobe Game Lodge, which is the only lodge within Chobe National Park!

Barbara and Danny

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank BambisMan
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

Below is what I submitted to our agent that organised a trip to Chobe for 2 days and Vic Falls.

Lianne,

We have just come back from our trip to Chobe, Botswana and Livingstone, Zambia and I wanted to give you some feedback that will hopefully be beneficial for the sake of your agency services and future travellers.

In general, I would say that we had an excellent time in both places, but enjoyed our Royal Livingstone hotel experience a lot better than at the Chobe Game Lodge. While we felt that we had a true 5 star experience at RL, the consensus among me and my friends was that Chobe Game Lodge’s overall service, food and accommodation is best characterised as a 3.5 star place. Some of the reasons were the following:

1) Many of the waiters that served us were trainees and made mistakes with simple orders such as the wines we had chosen
2) The buffet food offered for lunch and dinner was mediocre at best, especially considering what we were paying. For the price we were paying, I personally believe we deserved gourmet food and not simple pasta (first dinner) and braai meat (second dinner) that ran out and seemed to violate health and safety standards.
3) Our guide was inexperienced compared to other safaris I have been to in South Africa. Our guide had about 6 months (compared to 2 to 3 years experience from guides at others safaris I have been to) of experience and therefore did not have the level of knowledge and could not answer all our questions fully
4) The rooms and overall décor, ambiance, facilities were also inferior to our expectations based on the price paid
5) Overall the value proposition at the Chobe Game Lodge was not commensurate with the services rendered. It seemed that the owners attempted to simply maximize their profits by hiring a lot of trainees and paying them less than more experienced staff while still charging one of the highest rates that we were ever charged for a 5 star hotel (480 dollars per person). Just as a comparison, private game reserves in SA that offer the same package (game drives, 3 meals plus morning and afternoon snacks) have an overall better service level from my experience.

On the contrary, RL met our expectations and we would gladly recommend and come back to this hotel. We also thought it was ironic that RL was an overall significantly better hotel at a lower price than CGL. Are there no better hotels than CGL in the Chobe area? If so, you should have advised us as your role as an agent.

Also, the transfer drivers were very friendly and good, especially “Lenz” who took us from Chobe to the border of Zambia. He was far more knowledgeable than our guide during the entire safari excursion at Chobe.

Please view this as constructive criticism and I would hope that you share this with the Chobe Game Lodge management and owners, so that hopefully they can incorporate this feedback for the benefit of future travellers. I will be sure to share my feedback with other travellers in most major travel websites such as tripadvisor, expedia, etc.

Soummo

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: $175 - $1,851 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Chobe Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Picturesquely situated 100 km west of the Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park. ... more   less 
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Chobe Game Hotel Chobe National Park

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