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The Garden Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana

Our rating: Medium

The Garden Guest Lodge is a small guest house just outside of the main Kasane town and is a simple, friendly property set back from the banks of the Chobe River.

Through the main entrance you pass a small water fountain in a cobbled courtyard before entering the main hall area with elevated thatched roof. There is a mezzanine level above where you find the bar and sofas overlooking the gardens which frequently hosts animal visitors to this homely establishment. The owners have pet dogs and cats, which add to the homely atmosphere. Dinners are eaten together here giving the Garden Lodge more of a traditional safari atmosphere and the chance to swap stories over the meal.

There are eight rooms in total on the property, three upstairs, four downstairs and a separate chalet at the side of the house. All are en-suite with showers and have subtle African ethnic décor with neutral colors and patterned bed linen. The three upstairs rooms each have an outdoor balcony as well as an open mezzanine level inside with two twin beds so they are ideal for a family with small children. Downstairs the three rooms each have a small covered patio at the entrance. The separate room is not much more spacious but can be slightly more private as it is away from the main building.

At the side of the house is a swimming pool with comfortable furniture and high walls. Two activities a day are possible and the choices range from boat trips, game drives into the Chobe National Park, fishing and mokoro rides to Namibian villages. It is also possible to arrange day trips to the Victoria Falls.

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