Chobe Game Lodge
Stylish, one-of-a-kind riverfront hotel in Chobe National Park
Chobe Game Lodge
Chobe Game Lodge is far more like a hotel than a lodge with its forty-eight rooms appointed with all the modern conveniences you'd expect to find in a city. It is, in fact, the only hotel or lodging option within the Chobe National Park - and a perfectly positioned one at that. It also boasts an impressive amount of eco-friendly innovations and initiatives, including a fleet of silent electric game viewers which is not just novel but truly enhances a safari experience. With newly renovated facilities and updated Moroccan-style decor, it has a colourful, romantic feel that is somehow just the right mix of practical and whimsical. Here, things are structured a bit differently from your average safari lodge - an activities coordinator organises your itinerary (much like a concierge) though you are encouraged to make suggestions and diverge from the game plan. Despite its size, the lodge achieves personalised service; this, combined with its stunning location on the banks of the Chobe River, make it a top option in the region.
At the lodge
A slightly imposing entrance gives way to a spacious and inviting main area. Here you will find the reception desk and lounge where the activities-coordinator's desk can be found. Through another sizeable lounge arranged with several intimate seating areas, doors open wide onto a grand verandah, overlooking the manicured gardens and beautiful Chobe River. With lovely details like high arches and barrel-vaulted ceilings, colourful tiles and Persian rugs, the distinct Moroccan decor is an elegant thread running throughout the lodge. You will also find a pool, a riverside boma area, a dining room with open sided terrace, a curio shop, gym and spa. There are two bars on site - the Linyanti Bar, with a large Bedoin-style outdoor patio, and the Tshwene bar - a "cigar bar" furnished with a full-size billiard table.
There are forty-two standard rooms and six suites. Each room has a patio with views of the river, (though some are better appointed than others), and is equipped with the modern accoutrements one would find in a hotel: air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, internal phone service, wi-fi, plug points, a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. The suites are larger, with a separate lounge and a balcony with a plunge pool. Two of the suites have convenient inter-leading gateways, accessed from the terrace, allowing a group to occupy a suite and a standard room – a great option for families with children, or couples travelling together.
An activities-coordinator creates a suggested itinerary to help you make the most of your time but please, feel free to stray from the programme. A day typically begins with a morning game drive, usually ending quite early, around 8.30 or 9 am. After a cooked breakfast, take a mid-morning boat cruise to see what wildlife is gathering around the river when things start to heat up. Walks and birding safaris can be arranged. Though the lodge is located in Botswana's busiest game park and crowds are inevitable, it does a decent job of utilizing some of the less-trafficked regions of the Chobe. For novelty sake, it's worth noting that Chobe Game Lodge has the singular distinction of being the only lodge to have an all-female guiding team. In a male-dominated industry this is a remarkable attribute - a hallmark of a truly progressive operation. But the forward-thinking mindset doesn't stop here - electric game viewers and boats are exclusively used, making for an especially tranquil safari experience.