Chobe Bakwena, Chobe National Park
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Lodge
Chobe Bakwena is the closest lodge to the Kazangula Ferry Crossing, just 1.5 km away, and is the first lodge one comes to when arriving into Botswana from Zambia or Zimbabwe. The secluded location and friendly atmosphere help to make for a memorable stay. The lodge is comprised of 8 twin or double rondavels and 2 family units which are set under the shade of large Acacia trees. The rooms are all spacious and comfortable, decorated in lots of white to help keep them cool in the heat. All rooms boast their own deck raised up over the river with superb views and wonderfully relaxing, built-in daybeds. The outdoor showers are also very popular with the guests. The main area of the lodge has a lovely swimming pool, a dining room, lounge and the Rain Tree bar which become a hub of social activity in the evenings over an authentic African menu. Activities from the lodge include game drives through the Chobe National Park; cruises along the river, normally taken in the afternoons; bird watching; cultural tours and visits to Impalila Island.
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Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park
The famous Chobe Game Lodge is one of the original lodges in the park and its only permanent lodge. Whilst relatively large for a safari lodge with 47 rooms, the area of the lodge itself is huge, so guests never feel overrun or crowded and there are plenty of places enjoy some private time. All of the rooms face out to the Chobe River and have air conditioning, complimentary mini-bars, en-suite bathrooms and lovely private decking areas which are a great place to relax with a book in between game drives. The rooms are all very comfortable with modern furnishings but if looking for added luxury, the four suites boast their own lounge areas and private plunge pools. The main part of the lodge has no fewer than six decking areas, ideal for a spot of ad-hoc game viewing, as well as a lovely swimming pool. The lodge is unique in Botswana in that it has a number of electric game viewing vehicles and boats, also making it one of the most eco-friendly lodges in the park. Morning and afternoon game drives, as well as post-breakfast and sunset boat cruises are offered here.
Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park
Set within the Chobe Forest Reserve bordering the quieter western edge, this chic, stylish lodge is perched atop an escarpment with breathtaking views of the Chobe River. Eight river facing suites have uninterrupted views and offer the fabulous opportunity of seeing Chobe elephants. Each suite has been designed with muted African colours and soft lighting, and features creature comforts including air-con, an overhead fan, mini bar, open lounge and a bathroom with jacuzzi bathtub and an indoor/outdoor shower. The central guest areas offer the same superb views and have a small waterfall plunge pool, open fronted lounge and bar and viewing deck overlooking a small floodlit waterhole. Activities on offer include river cruising, game drives into Chobe, night drives and bush walks on the concession. Run with the local community, Ngoma gives real returns to enrich the lives of those living in nearby villages and guests can also visit a local school and health clinic to see how the lodge is making a difference to those who need it most.