Chobe Chilwero is without doubt the most exclusive lodge in the area, set tucked away in beautiful and peaceful forest surrounds. A stay here offers the utmost in relaxation and the opportunity to see the remarkable wildlife of the Chobe River.
Chobe Safari Lodge
This large but characterful lodge is set within lush, peaceful grounds beside the Chobe River. The main lodge is a thatched, open-sided building containing a spacious dining area that spills out onto the outdoor patio area, a bar area and a lounge area featuring seating with African-style cushions. The high ceilings and wooden décor create a rustic, laid-back ambience. On the lower level is a swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers where you can relax between activities, and a terrace leading down to the boating station, offering views across the river to Namibia.
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Accommodation is in simple but characterful thatched rondavels or the more comfortable River and Safari Rooms, which have the feel of modern hotel rooms and are housed in separate two-tier blocks, featuring air conditioning and TVs.
The traditional rondavels are spread out across the grounds, close to the river. They have a simple design and offer air conditioning. River Rooms have a minimalist design with ethnic undertones. They feature an en suite with a shower, twin double beds, private patios and a shared riverside garden. Safari Rooms are more spacious and have an open-plan bathroom with a separate shower and bath. Individually decorated and airy, they have private patios looking down to the gardens and river below.
The lodge is in the northeast of Chobe National Park on the banks of the Chobe River. It’s southwest of Kasane’s main town area and less than ten minutes from Kasane Airport. Situated close to the meeting point of the Botswanan, Namibian, Zambian and Zimbabwean borders, it makes a good base for visiting Victoria Falls and Caprivi, and it’s easily accessible from the Victoria Falls and Livingstone airports via road or charter flight transfers.
Food and drink
Either a full English or continental breakfast is served each morning, while light lunches are offered as a buffet or à la carte. Buffet dinners can include barbecues, stir-fries, Indian cuisine and vegetarian dishes alongside African flavours. There are two bars on site: Sedidu Bar, which offers wonderful sunset views, and Cocktail Bar, which overlooks Caprivi floodplains. For something special, you can enjoy a three-course buffet dinner aboard a boat along the Chobe River.
Facilities and activities
At the lodge there’s a pool, a beauty salon and Wi-Fi access. Boat cruises along the Chobe River can be taken throughout the day, allowing you to enter Chobe National Park and view the game from either a small cruise boat or a larger 40-seater vessel. The park is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephant in Africa, with around 50,000 elephant living in its boundaries. Game drives with a knowledgeable guide also allow you to explore the park.
Victoria Falls day trips can be arranged, as well as fishing trips along the river, sunset boat cruises and Namibian village walks to learn more about rural life in the region.
We think Chobe Safari Lodge offers great value for money. While the service is less personal than some properties, it’s ideal for exploring the northern stretches of Chobe National Park and the game viewing opportunities on and around the river.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Located high on the edge of a rocky escarpment overlooking the floodplains of the Chobe River, Chobe Elephant Camp is built from the local red Kalahari sand, providing a cool, comfortable, environmentally friendly lodge from which to explore the fantastic Chobe National Park.
Chobe Under Canvas is a fantastic way to enjoy the area - an authentic bush experience that you will not find elsewhere in Chobe. Although the tents are mobile they are extremely comfortable, and the service is of a very high standard.
Perched high on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River and surrounding plains, this friendly, owner-run lodge offers an intimate and personalised stay in the wild surroundings of Chobe National Park, making a wonderful base for safaris and an authentic African bush experience.
Set high on an escarpment overlooking the Chobe River and surrounding floodplains, Ngoma Safari Lodge is a luxurious retreat that offers safaris by boat, game vehicle or on foot. With just eight suites, it offers a highly personal stay.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
As well as game drives and walks with expert guides, take advantage of the wildlife in and along the Chobe River with a boat trip. Fishing trips are also popular.
Explore this wildlife haven both on guided game drives, by boat and even on foot - although this activity is dependent on the availability of guides and the length of the grass. You can even visit the local Sibuya tribe.