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“The Elephants are Awesome”
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Chobe Game Lodge
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Reviewed November 9, 2008

This is a great place. We were there in mid-October, the end of the dry spell, and the quantity of elephants was awesome. One evening there were over 100 elephants at a bend in the Chobe River. Lots of babies. Lots of hippos, crocs, and many variety of birds.

We were kept busier than at other lodges with three activities a day. Game drive in the early morning, on the water after breakfast, and another game drive or boat in the afternoon.

Nice facilities. Good staff.

The only reason for giving a four rating is that they put nine people in our vehicle the first night. I am over six foot and was cramped on top of the wheel well. The next morning I discovered the same group of nine was going out again. I went inside and protested and we were moved to another vehicle with only two other couples. Folks, for what we are paying, this should never happen.

Otherwise terrific and awesome.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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1  Thank Angeles
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Reviewed November 6, 2008

We stayed at Chobe on the last leg of our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect. The staff were amazing. We were greeted warmly and individually, even though we were not the only guests to arrive at that time. The cool drink was refreshing and the cool towel just what we needed after the drive from the Zambian boarder. From Maggie who greeted us, all the reception staff, the catering staff and last but definitely not least our fantastic guide OB we have nothing but praise. The game viewing was superb, both by 4x4 in the park and boat on the river. All the guides were knowledgeable and able to point out game to us. We saw practically everything there was to see in the park during our 3 night trip. Between drives the hotel is the perfect place to relax, whether in your perfectly cool room, on your balcony overlooking the Chobe River or lounging by the pool, with maybe a grazing Warthog or Bushbuck for company. The food was also excellent, great warm muffins served before the morning drive, breakfast when you got back and a different theme or style for lunch and dinner most days. Not forgetting high tea at 3pm before the afternoon drive. The hotel also offers beauty treatments and we both enjoyed very good massages.

An amazing place to stay, the only lodge actually in the park. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lodge to anyone and can't wait to go back myself.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2008

The rooms are of a good size decorated in traditional african style and from our window we looked out over the chobe river.The food and drink was good and varied served by friendly and helpfull staff. The game viewing is OUTSTANDING ,on our first day we saw impala, hippo cape buffalo, elephants (too many to count ) wart hog and leopard. Our guide was Tracy who handled our 4x4 like an expert and was full of infomation on the area and the wildlife,spotting animals long before we could see them.This was our first safari and we was'nt sure how close animals came , we soon realised they came very close indeed so some great photo's are easily taken.The game drives start early in the morning then its back for breakfast, we then did a river safari spotting crocs ,fish eagles , hippo's and even an elephant swimming the river to get to the Namibian side.We got back to the lodge for a superb lunch and a hour or so free time then was served high tea before setting off again to see more elephants, buffalo, lion, and many more animals.After a sundowner drink in the bush we returned back to the lodge for a shower, change and a well deserved drink and a beatifull dinner.Because the lodge is in the gamepark you do not have to drive to spot the wildlife - as soon as you drive out of the lodge you start seeing animals.We will never forget our time here, the staff,the sunsets and most of all the game.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank teljill
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Reviewed May 21, 2008

Lovely stay at Chobe Game Lodge! Great food, nice spacious rooms and a good bar and restaurant service. Great views over the Zambezi. Good game drives. Our guide Obi was worth her weight in gold!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Thank JaneKirby
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Reviewed May 8, 2008

We travelled to Chobe with a group of 36 people on an incentive through our company. Chobe is very impressive, and even on the driveway up to the lodge we spotted all sorts of wildlife - elephants, giraffe, impala. The lodge is very nice and authentic to Africa. The rooms are nice and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite with private pool. Food, entertainment and grounds are all 1st class. The views across the Chobe river are breathtaking with lots of wildlife to be seen from the viewing deck in the grounds. Unfortunately we had some issues with the hotel which didn't entirely spoil our stay but we were disappointed to say the least. The hotel did not inform us on booking the trip that their main pool was under refurbishment and that guests had to use one of the suite pools instead (which was tiny). All the main pool area was screened off. We were also slightly miffed to find that the hotel staff had told other guests that they could use the pool adjoined to our suite which was a bit of a shock when we got back to the room!! The other issue was that items went missing from ours and other guests rooms such as sunglasses, fashion jewellery, toiletries and clothing. At first we all thought we were going a bit mad thinking that we had misplaced stuff but it soon became apparent that this was not the case as it was all to frequent. The hotel are investigating as I understand but they were not very forthcoming at the time. Hopefully it will be sorted out and maybe the items will get returned. But for travellers going to this hotel please don't be put off as it is lovely - just make sure you put all valuables in the safe! The safari's from the lodge are fantastic and you won't be disappointed with the wildlife it is in abundance.

  • Stayed: April 2008
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2  Thank Dinolola
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Reviewed April 17, 2008

Stayed at Chobe Game Lodge, march 19th - 22th 2008. We were meet by Matilda who is such a wonderful person explaining us everything. Matilda is also the person who give you a call at 05.30 in the morning so that you are ready for your morning gamedrive at 06.00. She also come to your table during dinner to hear if everything is ok and can help you out if you need any kind of help. - Our room 410 was so lovely with a fantastic view to Chobe River and Namibia. The border goes in the middle of the river. - From the moment we arrived we treated with service that was above 5 Star. We had 2 very nice person's serving us: Cha and Ghama. The food is so delicios and you have several things to choose from. In the kitchen there are several young trainee's: Nkosi, Charles, Baps, Sego, Kefilwe,Matengu, lovely people. I talked with them a lot and we were joking (lot's of fun). Be sure if you go on a safari to stay at Chobe Game Lodge at least 2-4 days, you won't regret it. - First gamedrive in the morning from 6 am to about 8.30 am then you have breakfast. Then you are on a riverboat from 10.30 - 12.30 then you have lunch. Then we needed a rest. At 4 pm you could have a tea or coffee before your gamedrive at 4.30 pm. We usely were back around 7.15 pm. Dinner started at 7.30 but you could take your time, taking a shower. - Our gamedrives were fantastic.
At one of the gamedrives we saw a dead elefant at the edge of the river and 2 lion's (male + female) was lieing there. All sudden the female lion walk's down and start's to eat from the elefant. In the river there was a crocodile waiting for food and in a few dead trees the vultures were waiting . We were so close to the animals. On the way back to the lodge we saw in the distant's a big male elefant in rut who were angry running down the dusty road towards us, so we just had to back up quickly and disappear. I did zoom in on my videocamera and have some moments there, wow. We've also seen lot's of elefant's, impala, puku, waterbuck, kudu, waterbuffalo, crocodiles, hippo, giraffe, serval, baboon's, fish eagles, birds etc.......
The guides know just everything, so just ask..... We loved it so much so we want to go back. We recomment this place highly, if you want the best: food, beatifyl breath-taking scenery, high cleanliness and comfort, the staff's personallity and the game viewing was tremendous.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

What was not to love about this hotel? Great location, friendly staff, lovely size rooms with terraces, excellent food, great game drives and boat trips on the Chobe River with very knowledgeable staff. Guest relations very helpful in confirming our transfers etc. All inclusive means exactly that, with the exception of a few premium alcohol brands - all meals, early morning coffee and snacks, afternoon tea, bar, mini-bar and best of all - laundry service!!

No TV but then that's not what you come to a game reserve for. They have Doom in the rooms but I did think a plug-in insect repellant would have been a good idea. Bathrooms were a bit small. Minor quibbles in an otherwise excellent stay.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 21 Specialty Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: $171 - $1,947 (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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