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Chobe Game Lodge
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

This was the last stop on our Groupon Trip. 30 minutes after crossing the Zimbabwe and Botswana border, you turn off the paved road onto a very rutted dirt/sand road and drive for another 30 minutes. I was saying to myself - "what have I done". But on the route in we saw in 30 minutes Elephants, Giraffes, Sable Antelope, Impala, Warthog. Then we came to a small sign an turned a corner and WOW a true 5 star resort in the middle of nowhere. Greeted by fountains and attentive staff, cool towels and drinks. Maggie greeted us and gave us a complete rundown of the facilities. Right on the Chobe River, all rooms with views. Large rooms with king beds, lovely linens, stocked minifridge. All meals and drinks included in price - except "premium alcohol and champagne". They had a full stock of wine, hard liquor, beer and sparkling wines all included in the package, we lacked for nothing. We had our meals on one of several decks on the river, meals cooked on the deck, in the restaurant and on our last night a surprise intimate dinner for 2 on a private patio - we were lead there by luminaries - just for us. Sam was our waiter, assigned to us for our stay. Excellent!. Judy was our game drive tour guide - very good. Stopping any time we wanted to for pictures or breaks. Wine and mixed drinks with snacks served on each game drive. She has excellent eyes for spotting game. Unexpected treat was complimentary laundry service .. great after 11 days traveling. We never made it to high but heard that it was great. Just an excellent lodge for accommodations, service, views, food, game drives, so many lounges to relax in or meet new friends. I think we had a excellent deal from Groupon on this booking.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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JamesInChobe, Director of Sales at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Wow - we really appreciate your review. Such a great time of year and it was such a pleasure to have you with us. Maggie and Sam will be very pleased and feel free to follow Chobe Game Lodge on our facebook page. Many thanks again and warm regards from all of us here at the lodge, Chobe Team!
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

We arrived at Chobe Game Lodge after staying in two tent camps in Botswana.The tent camps were great but the Game lodge was another whole level in comfort. We were lucky enough to get upgraded to a suite, which was absolute luxury for us. Housekeeping was fine and the room very comfortable. We thought the service at meals was very good.We appreciated that the dining area varied day to day, so each meal was in a different location, on the elevated walkway, next to the river bank, on the dining terrace,etc.We stayed four nights and never got bored with the dining experience. Food was good to very good. The game drives were fantastic. First of all, you are already in the park, So you avoid a 30- 40 minute drive from an outside lodge into the park. Instead you are instantly seeing game animals. Our driver was Letti and her trainee Precious and they were both very personable and Letti had a large amount of experience. We saw pretty much everything, from elephants mourning a dead baby, which was heart breaking, to lion prides gorging on kills. The riverboat trips offered a different type of viewing and was a nice option.To sum it up we thoroughly enjoyed on stay.All of the staff was great, especially our drivers and the lodge hostess, Maggie. We are talking about going back next year.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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JamesInChobe, Director of Sales at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Thanks so much for your review. We really appreciate this. Such a great time of year and we are very happy you enjoyed our menu and the wonderful locations we have around the grounds for dining. Maggie will be delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and from all of us here at Chobe Game Lodge (including the lions and elephants) we hope that your return trip comes around soon. Feel free to contact us through Chobe Game Lodge facebook page. All the best, Chobe Team!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

I don't think I can fault Chobe Game Lodge. Firstly, the staff are wonderful, a real team. They are so friendly, nothing could be too much trouble for them. They are happy and efficient. We were lucky as on one of the nights the staff choir performed for us. Beautiful singing and everyone was enjoying themselves not just the audience.
The animal viewing is great and you get another perspective on seeing the animals by having a boat trip as well as the usual road vehicle way. The sight of a troop of elephants coming down to drink from the river when we are on the water was a tremendous sight.
The all women crew of rangers are very knowledgable and dare I say very careful drivers and sensitive to the needs of the animals as well as the viewers.
We only saw Lions on one afternoon but game viewing is like that. You never know what you might see when. We did see loads of everything else bar the cats. The bird viewing is amazing.
Being located in the park gives the lodge a head start to other places as as soon as you leave the hotel you are on your game drive. They have just installed a viewing walkway to have tea or just sit and look over the river and see crocodiles, elephants etc drink or bathe.
The food was excellent, served and prepared by lovely staff. My 13 year old loved the chicken curry and the chef gave him the recipe to take home. Also, they have a full size snooker table which was a must do for our family with teenage boys.
Writing about it makes me want to return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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JamesInChobe, Director of Sales at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, September 1, 2012
Thanks so much for your review. The staff will be delighted to hear that they made your stay special and we really believe that a fantastic team is essential for our guests and we are so lucky to have a super team of staff. From all of us here at very warm Chobe Game Lodge we hope to see you here again. Feel free to contact us through Chobe Game Lodge facebook page. All the best, Chobe Team!
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Waikanae, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

We stayed two nights as the start of a series of camps with Desert and Delta. Chobe Game Lodge is outstanding in every respect. Rooms, service, food ( one night a candle lit dinner by the pool just for the two of us as a surprise!) high teas, viewing platform the best we have ever seen. The there is the service- outstanding from everyone. The guides were all women, all experts, all capable, confident and knowledgeable. We were fortunate to have Abel as out guide. She was knowledgeable and happy to wait until photos were taken to everyone's satisfaction. She was highly competent in deep sand with the Landcruiser and during our four game drives she fund leopards and lions before other guides three times. The vehicles were new and sounded great.Abel also took us on a lunchtime river game cruise which was relaxed and informative, not to mention outstanding food and wine-all part of the price. But the really best thing about this lodge is its location-it is right in the Chobe National Park, so game drives begin right at the gate at 6am and at night they finish right on the dot before all vehicles have to be locked up for the night. This is a considerable advantage over other lodges in Kasane who have to travel for an hour or so before they get into the zone.
We think the Chobe Game Lodge people have taken a bold step to employ women guides, and I strongly believe it will pay off. Petrus, the leader of the team was helpful and solicitous, and leads a great team.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Director of Sales at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Thank you very much indeed for your review and we are all most glad you enjoyed your visit. We are one of the only lodges in Africa to have an all lady-guiding team and we are very proud of all of our teams at the lodge. We are also blessed with location and one of the main reasons we built the deck late last year was to maximise the enjoyment of our location inside the park and on the Chobe River and now some of the best game viewing takes place from that deck!
We hope to welcome you back here again soon. All the best, Chobe Game Lodge Team!
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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

The last stop on our African vacation was Chobe Game Lodge. From the Royal Livingstone it was an interesting trip to the Chobe. We were met in Zambia by Wild Horizons for about and hour and half drive to the river, here we went through customs/immigration and boarded the speedy boat to the other side where we went through customs/immigration in Botswana for about an hour drive to Chobe Game Lodge. Chobe Game Lodge was absolutely wonderful. No personal butler, but rather assigned waiters, Collen & TT, who were just fantastic. We had a young lady ranger at Chobe, Thouso, who was extremely knowledgeable and upbeat. In Chobe, unlike Sabi Sands, we did not see a lot of cats. We saw lions each night, but only two at a time. On our last night we witnessed a herd of elephants forcing a male and female lion out of their area -- very exciting. Because Chobe is a National Park, the vehicles need to stay on the road which did make the sightings a bit more difficult. But don't get me wrong, our stay was unbelievable! We saw so many elephants, giraffes, hippos and monkeys. And lots of baby animals. Baby elephants have to be the cutest things in the whole world except for perhaps infant baboons with their big pink ears. Chobe game lodge offered a morning and evening game drive with a stop for sundowners in the evening. The advantage they had over our previous game lodge was their location right on the river. After breakfast each day, they offered a boat cruise which was wonderful. We got very close to the hippos and crocodiles and were able to see the elephants, water buffalo and giraffes coming down to the river to drink and also crossing the river. Elephant herds and large groups of giraffes are everywhere in Chobe and we were able to get quite close to them. I really enjoyed the Boma at Chobe. At one of the Boma lunches, we were entertained by the Mogwana Dance Troupe who put on a great show. During our last lunch there, the restaurant manager came over and thanked us for staying at Chobe Game Lodge and invited us to a "secret" dinner. When we showed up at the restaurant that evening, we were guided to one of the beautiful decks along the river. The pathway and boardwalk to the deck were lighted by luminaries. Out on the deck was a table for two set with a huge candelabra. We were the only people out there. It was a beautiful clear night, all the stars were out, our meal was delicious (as always) and the only background noise we could here was the splashing and grunting of hippos and elephants. A PERFECT ending to a PERFECT vacation.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Chobe Game Lodge is looking great! The recent refurb has really made a difference. Our group loved the decor in the public areas and that extended deck is awesome. We had to battle to get people to leave and get on the safari vehicles as the game viewing from the deck was fantastic. Great service and the staff are just so friendly and helpful. The lodge is easy to get to if you are visiting Victoria Falls. One hour to the border and once through the Kazangula border only another 45 odd minutes. Great location on the Chobe River and the only lodge located within the Chobe, so you get to go out a bit earlier and come back to camp a bit later than those staying at other camps. It is a great transition between a hotel and a traditional safari camp. has all the creature comforts of a hotel, but also, awesome game viewing from the land with great guides in their $X$ Landcruisers on on the boats on the Chobe river

Room Tip: The suites are out of this world with their own pool and outside area. Remember that all safari game...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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, Director of Sales at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Thank you very much for your review and we are all most glad you enjoyed your visit. The refurbishment has certainly made an impact and as mentioned, one of the main reasons we built the deck last year was to maximise the enjoyment of our location inside the park and on the Chobe River and now some of the best game viewing takes place from that deck! So we can understand why the guests find it hard to leave there. We try to encourage people to stay longer at Chobe Game Lodge and enjoy an afternoon watching the amazing sunset and animal sightings across the floodplain.

We look forward to having you back here! All the best from the Chobe Game Lodge Team!
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

The staff are second to none, always helpful. Wildlife tours are second to none!! River cruise, just the best.You have to do this, and follow in the steps of Liz Taylor & Richard Burton, who stayed on their second honeymoon.

Room Tip: Go for a suite, blow the expense
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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, Director of Sales at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Thank you very much for the review and we agree with you! We are very glad you enjoyed your stay and hope that one day you will return. All the best from the Chobe Game Lodge team
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Property: Chobe Game Lodge
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 20 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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