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Chobe Safari Lodge
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kampala
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“what a beautiful hotel to stay in.”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

ln 2012 march l got a chance of visiting this hotel. lt is found in murchison falls national park,it is a five star hotel with all the services needed,is known as the gem in uganda's crown of tourist destination.
l got a chance of visiting the health club which is known as the best 5th in the world and for sure it is wonderful,
the ambience is cool,accomodation is wonderful plus the services and the people serving them are very hospitable.
lt has breathtaking views ,with sounds of River Nile.
This place is also good as a fishing destination.
lf you are really wondering for the best hotel were you can be sorrounded by birds,flora and wildlife look no further than chobe safari lodge to me its the best lodge in uganda

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Chobe has an almost perfect setting on the reaches of the Victoria Nile below the Karuma Falls. The balconies and swimming pool overlook a great expanse of water where hundreds of hippos lie contentedly or challenge each other with vast open jaws. At night hippos can be seen close to the hotel, and by day hippo tracks show the extent of their wandering. We would recommend a walking safari. On this, guarded by a gamewarden with an AK 47, we saw colobus monkeys leaping through the trees, vervet monkeys scampering through the bush,the "usual" hippos, but all the while waiting for a tree leopard whch is there but rarely seen.
Chobe Safai Lodge has been completely renovated to the highest standards. The bedrooms are comfortable, the decor is a mixture of old world and tasteful modern, and the staff are attentive to one's every needs. The only thing I would mildly criticise is the lack of a shelf around the basin, but who cares in such surroundings! One can also stay in small lodges outside the main building and in luxury tentage. The food is well worth waiting for and clearly cooked to order; no buffet style here but service at the table. I would recommend the Chobe Safari Lodge to anyone who wants to appreciate the wildlife of Africa from the comfort and safey of an outstanding hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Kampala, Uganda
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

tons of hippos to see lounging around in the nile, ambience and decor is beautiful, as it is a newly furbished hotel it smells and looks new too, excellent decor in the bar. Food is just delicious and perfectly portioned.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Ulvik in Hardanger
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Chobe Safari Lodge is located in Murchison Falls National Park, in the North of Uganda. Once you turn off the main highway and to a dirt road, you enter the park and there is the lodge, you get a spectacular view to a section of the Nile river, with wildlife, including hippopotamuses on/ near the banks. The lodge is designed in african style, natural materials and modern comforts. The rooms are large and spacious, and have a wonderful view, with private balcony. One issue I can agree others with is that the beds seemed to have the hardest possible mattress known to man..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Napanee, Canada
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

My husband, my daughter and I write this “open letter of thanks” to all of the Staff, Management and Owners of Chobe and Paraa Safari Lodges, and to Jon Blanc and Geoffrey Mugambwa of Kabiza Wilderness Safaris, for an absolutely marvellous 4-day safari to Uganda’s Murchison National Park over Christmas 2012, which absolutely met, and exceeded, our expectations after almost a year in planning! To put our comments into context: We are Canadians with a passion for nature. I am a 60-year-old lawyer, my husband the same age and an investment and insurance broker/agent, our daughter a BSc graduate working as a contract analyst. We have travelled widely throughout the world, and have stayed in outstanding accommodations (Fairmont hotels and resorts, Starwood hotels and resorts, “boutique” resorts recommended by Rick Steeves) in many beautiful places.

The planning by Kabiza was outstanding in every respect, and the plans were carried out flawlessly! Jon Blanc, in the planning of these four days many months beforehand, and Geoffrey Mugambwa, in his constant care of us throughout the safari, really did everything possible to make this one of the most memorable experiences of our lives! I had written to Jon beforehand, about what we hoped to experience, and his planning and the trip itself were highly responsive – including with respect to our choice of accommodation at Paraa to which Jon added the recommendation of a night at Chobe. The best use was made of every moment of the trip, with every possible need anticipated and attended to. The cost of the flights, the cost and difficulty of arrangements for my handicapped daughter's care while we were away - all was worthwhile even had we travelled to Africa for purposes of the safari alone. At the same time, given how busy wedding events in Kampala kept us (kwanjula on 22nd, civil wedding on 29th, and numerous related events etc.) we really benefited in body, mind and soul, from our time in the Ugandan wilderness!

I learned about Chobe and Paraa Lodges from the Internet, and heard very positive feedback from friends who had visited there, and from fellow travellers on another trip who had also stayed there. Both lodges were strongly endorsed by Kabiza Wilderness Safaris, when we sought Kabiza’s advice.

Accommodations at Chobe and Paraa Lodges were quiet and lovely, clean and restful and comfortable given our very busy two-week schedule in Africa and at home before and after our trip. Pleasantly and with tastefully understated elegance, each of these unique lodges fits in with the spectacular surrounding natural beauty of Murchison Falls National Park – each overlooking the Nile River with indescribable views. Beds were comfortable, bedding and linens of good quality, and bathrooms very clean, rooms very attractive and well-kept. Food at the both lodges, and at the Masindi Hotel on the way back to Kampala, was also absolutely first-rate. Employees of Chobe and Paraa Lodges were outstandingly pleasant, welcoming and accommodating in every respect. They know how to deal with tourists from afar! It would have been easy to have spent another night or two in the "luxury tents" at Chobe (on the upper level to the left of the main building as one approaches the latter) where we could hear the rapids and hippos all night long and also have fresh air. In this regard we thank Kabiza for its recommendations and organization. Unfortunately, our short trip to Africa did not allow this additional time! Our 24-year-old daughter felt very safe and content on her own in her tent, next to ours - although I had expected I might need to share with her! Nature walk as sunset approached, with the Ranger George, was lovely and informative, and coming from cold wintry Canada it was also an exceptional experience to relax at the pool and on the dining terrace so close to, and with such spectacular views of, the Nile River. Accommodations were similarly pleasant at Paraa, where Kabiza had thoughtfully booked two adjacent rooms at the far end on the second story of the row extending to the left as you enter the main building. We could still see the river from the balconies, and it was very quiet. Kabiza’s recommendation that we not bother with air conditioning, in favour of ceiling fans, was a good one: It was comfortable sleeping under the ceiling fans in the quiet rooms. The food in both lodges was astonishingly superb, for such relatively small lodges in such remote locations! There was absolutely nothing more one could have desired, whether in the natural and unspoiled beauty of the location, atmosphere/ambiance, comfort, food, services.

Kabiza’s recommendation that we use the drive from Chobe to Paraa as a "game drive" was also an excellent one. It was a thrilling experience to drive for four hours, through such stunning landscape, seeing a multitude of animals (more giraffes than one could count, monkeys, baboons, warthogs, jackal, cape buffalo, numerous kinds of deer including Uganda kob, Jackson Heartbeast, water buck, many birds - all very upclose!) and variety of landscapes at every turn, and meeting only I think about two other vehicles - apart from which we saw no one until quite close to Paraa! Geoffrey is of course an outstanding safari guide as well as driver, and gave us a wealth of information about the animals, the vegetation and the geography. Rain and thunderstorms kept us indoors that evening but Paraa is a pleasant place to relax and talk about one's ongoing adventure! Christmas Day - from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm - was a day to remember for sure. We had spectacular game drives in the morning and late afternoon/early evening, driving down to and around the delta area. Obviously it was quite something, for us, to be able to see the famous Victoria and Albert branches of the Nile as they meet at the top of Lake Albert and with the hills in the background across the water. Even more exciting was the sight of two lions, resting on the grass near the river, close to one elephant (with others across the trail) and deer (Jackson Heartbeast) also quite close to the lions - quite a scene! On the two drives on Christmas Day, we were joined by Ranger Sarah, who was extremely informative and very helpful in supporting Geoffrey as a guide. She was able to assist in locating the wildlife we only dreamed of seeing, and she gave so much information about the behaviour of the animals, and about the vegetation. We felt privileged to have been able to have experienced both sunrise, and sunset with the moon coming up, in this stunning environment. Our trip up the Nile to the base of Murchison Falls during the afternoon of Christmas Day, was also an unforgettable experience, and an opportunity to see so much more wildlife! The "African Queen" was very clean and comfortable, and the staff very helpful. Boxing Day's drive to Murchison Falls, and our time there, was equally memorable. There were so many different spectacular views of the Falls, and we were sorry to leave. Geoffrey made the best of the long drive home, too, taking us through the forested area of Budongo I believe. He was kind enough to lend his "sim" card to my daughter, so that she might copy photos he had taken with his own camera including numerous photos of the three of us - for which we are particularly grateful since we had purchased new equipment the day before travelling to Africa and we had a hard time figuring out how to use it properly! He took some wonderful pictures of all the highlights of the safari. It is obvious that he knows and loves the natural beauty of his own country!

We felt that the cost was very reasonable, for such individual planning and attention, for such a full and rich itinerary, and for the lovely accommodations. We are glad that we had the opportunity to have had an individual safari, for we were able to maximize viewing opportunities - and there's so much to see!

We know, realistically, that this may well have been our only opportunity to visit Africa and if that turns out to be the case, we are certainly lucky that we were able to have this experience in Uganda, that our son and daughter-in-law had told us about Kabiza, and that our friends and fellow travellers had told us about Chobe and Paraa. The Kabiza website also certainly appropriately engendered well-placed confidence and left us so well-informed about all aspects of Uganda that we were really as well-prepared as any North Americans or Europeans could have been. Similarly, websites for Chobe and Paraa are accurately representative of these lovely and remote lodges - we feel our experience was exactly what we had been led to expect. We do hope that circumstances might permit our return in the not too distant future, and that we might be able to be accompanied by other family and friends. If such a trip may be again possible, we will certainly be in touch with Kabiza again, with a view to planning, once again, such a rewarding experience individually tailored to our situation and interests – but a longer safari, hopefully. Furthermore, we will return to Chobe, and to Paraa, and will plan to visit the third “sister” property which we understand to be in Queen Elizabeth Park.

I should add, that our son and (now) daughter-in-law were very happy with their more modestly priced safari two years ago, and that our son, his friend and his mother were similarly delighted with their safari in December 2012 prior to our trip. Thus, as noted, ours was the third wonderful safari planned and carried out by Kabiza.

From cold and wintry (but pleasant) Napanee, Ontario, Canada - rather missing the Ugandan sun!

Martha

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Vientiane, Laos
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Chobe Safari Lodge is located in Murchison Falls National Park, in the North of Uganda. Once you turn off the main highway and onto an unassuming dirt road, you enter the park and are greeted with the unexpected sight of this lodge, which looks out in a spectacular manner onto a cascading section of the Nile river, abundant with wildlife, including hippopotamuses wallowing near the banks.

The lodge itself is well designed, blending african style, natural materials and modern comforts. The rooms are large and spacious, and have a wonderful view, with private balcony. One issue we encountered was that the beds seemed to have the hardest possible mattress known to man (which might be to some people's taste), however when we mentioned that to the reception, they were obliging and had room service put a soft mattress topper on the bed. We slept soundly after that.

Meals were served in a buffet fashion, with a good, fresh selection. Service from the staff was polite, friendly and efficient. We ate in the restaurant overlooking the banks of the Nile, observing the wildlife. On one evening we were able to witness up close a lone bull elephant, who came to take a drink from the river.

We took a tour of the park with one of the lodge guides, who was able to show us an abundance of wildlife, including giraffes, buffalo, ugandan kob and baboon. This cost us around $100 for the day, however later on we heard from locals that the Ugandan Wildlife Authority officers at the gate could also provide a tour of the park, for much less (around $20), and with more detailed knowledge. This might be something worth inquiring about for future visits.

Overall this is a wonderful experience, with the location alone warranting a few days stay at the lodge just to take in the stunning scenery. We booked one night, ended up extending to two and wished we had been able to stay longer. As Northern Uganda recovers from the attrition of recent years, we hope this lodge and tourism opportunities in Murchison NP will develop, and that the area will continue to be protected, even with the news that oil exploration is taking place in the area.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Entebbe, Uganda
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stopped here for lunch en route to the sister lodge at Paraa. I stayed here a year ago with a group of friends and family. Yes it is expensive, and yes the service can be a little slow - but this is Africa, and this must be one of the most stunning locations in a safari park. A perfect place to come for a few days relaxation - but if you want to see game, then Paraa is the place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Chobe Safari Lodge
Address: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Location: Uganda > Western Region > Murchison Falls National Park
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Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Murchison Falls National Park
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Hotel Class:4 star — Chobe Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 62
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