Our room at the Chobe Game Lodge opened onto a sloping lawn leading down to the Chobe River. The far bank is Namibia, another country. You see no signs of human occupation there but lots of the local fauna, most especially elephants. A morning river cruise provided close-up views of the wildlife, including a sunbathing scrum of hippos in various sizes. Game drives served up lions, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, monkeys, and more antelopean species than I can remember (besides impala and the magnificent kudu). The Lodge grounds are home to baboons, wart hogs, and a tribe of spotted mongooses, which may be viewed along a new promenade deck that looks out on the river (and is where afternoon pre-drive tea & coffee is served). This is the only accommodation in the park, which avoids the daily in and out drives (along twisty sand tracks) that guests at the exterior lodges in Kasane must make. One may wonder if being the only one inside the park means this is going to be some semi-seedy government operation with a lackadaisical staff. Nothing could be further from the truth. Staff are uniformly pleasant, helpful, and enthusiastic (while the lodge's shop sorely needs a better selection of post cards, the clerk obligingly made changed a $US20 bill into four fives -- tipping in dollars is fine). Food is very tasty; if I recall correctly, main courses at lunch and dinner are served a la carte from a menu (good degree of choice) and the other items -- soups, salads, desserts, etc.-- are presented buffet-style (there was even a cheese-board section!). There are open-air tables in the lodge itself (which also offers ample seating areas for just relaxing), plus (on our second and last day) al fresco dining at lunch and dinner. Rooms are clean and spacious, and there's an in-room safe. A smallish swimming pool is steps away.
The only quirk is that our plastic room key-cards had our room number written on them in magic marker. I'd never seen this before and think it kind of defeats the security that such cards afford if they fall into the wrong hands. I mentioned this at check-out, but I doubt it made much of an impression.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Chobe Game Hotel Chobe National Park