We spent a blissful two weeks at this campsite - what with elephants, Lions, Hyena's, Rhino's, Hippo's and Crocodiles, Vervet Monkey's, Mongeese, Vultures, Fish Eagles passing through or right past our unprotected campsite - one get's the only true (organised) experience (I have ever seen) of being out in nature. The communal ablution block - cold showers and basic toilets were the most modern of any conveniences ... nothing else.
During my solitary daily walk-abouts (strongly verboten) I came across dozens of elephants at a watering-hole, bloated elephant carcass (shot by poachers) lion and leopard spoor, strong smell of lion odor ... There were many enriching memorable experiences we were priveledged to encounter - enough to last several lifetimes.
Being out in ... past of Nature - no frills - no commercialism ... sheer bliss ...
The lodge is situated just by the bank of the Chobe river giving you great panorama.
The hotel arranges all kinds of activities incl. jeep and boat safaris.
The Chobe Game Lodge is the only accommodation within the Chobe Nationalpark. The rooms are spacious and are all on the ground level, with a small sitting aeria in front.
This lodge is especially well suited for families with children.
There are game drives and river cruises. The river cruise is a special experience because one can watch lots of elefants coming down to the river and watch them play together in the water!
I stayed in room 405, which has a decent view across the river to Namibia.
There is definitely an African game lodge feel to this place. One can imagine any famous African explorer walking through these hallways (though the famous people that stayed here in the past are mostly movie stars and other celebrities).
There are several different packages available here, including the "all inclusive" package which means laundry, drinks (you can tell Hollywood celebrities stayed here in the 50's: there are two bars and one dining hall), and just about anything else you can imagine is covered under one price (which is naturally quite high).
Reasonably high speed internet access (considering the remote location) is available in the upstairs bar at a fee.
Boat trips and game drives leave right from the main lodge building, making it very convenient and very time efficient: no drive through town to get here since you are already in the middle of the main attraction anyway!
The carving on the wall in my room that appeared to be a fertility charm of some sort was an interesting feature of the room.
The accomodations are expensive, and it is known as a place where world famous people have stayed.
However, this is the only place in this area where one can spend the night inside the national park. If you stay in town, you face a long, slow trek from town just to get to some of the best game viewing areas. Here, you are already in the park and have a jump on everyone else. This does not necessarily guarantee great game viewing, but it does mean that during the early morning hours, when you are most likely to see some interesting things, you are already inside the park when the open hours start.
African artwork examples: A huge wooden door hangs on the wall, with a plaque on it describing the tribe that carved it and a litte of their history. Bathroom sinks are works of art as well, and guests are protected by tribal sculptures that scare away evil (and come equipped with descriptive plaques as well!). Light covers in the dining hall are held on with wood carved with African wildlife and not some off the shelf thing one can mail order from China. Bathroom sinks are works of art here also. Then, there is the Toilet Tiki (for lack of a better name for it) that inhabited the bathroom in my room.
Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's most exclusive safari resort and the safari home to many royal families and Hollywood stars over the years.
Safari activities at Chobe are diverse and individually tailored to the guests. Game drives are conducted in open four-wheel-drive vehicles, normally early morning and late afternoon and under the leadership of qualified Botswanan guides. All vehicles are equipped with two-way radio systems, thus facilitating optimum sightings of the major species and the elusive "big five".
Don't miss a sunset cruise down the Chobe River!
The architecture is Moorish, with graceful high arches, barrel-vault ceilings and tiled floors. All The 43 rooms are beautifully furnished and cooled by overhead punkah-punkah fans. There are also four private suites with individual swimming pools and outside garden patio, and one family suite.
Facilities within the lodge include a well-stocked gift shop, wildlife reference library and stylishly decorated Linyanti bar and lounge area. FIlms are shown each evening, before the next day's safari, to aquaint you with the areas of the park you'll visit and the types of animals you might see. Indeed, the Botswanan game rangers are highly experienced and protective of the natural beauty of the park.
The food cuisine is excellent, with an African flavor. Venison specialities and outside barbeques are very much part of a Chobe experience.
Anne and I visited Chobe National park as part of a Kumuka overland camping adventure. All of the campgrounds were surprisingly clean, with toilets and showers, a bar etc.
The room is lovely. Individual thacthed chalets dotted around the grounds (only eight in total), very rustic but luxurious. There is a double and single bed in the room and an en-suite shower as well as a nice veranda.
I have my shower first, and it is very cold, I can't get the water to heat up. By the time David has his shower, the water is lovely and warm.
Dinner is served bwteen 19:00 and 21:00, but most people are there by 19:30. Nightlife is synonymus with sleeping in this place. The food is very good, we have butternut soup for starter (a new experience and a very nice one too), chicken supreme for main course and creme caramel for dessert. The Swiss owner walks around the restaurant talking to all the guests.
There is a camp site in the grounds too.
From the terrace you can (theoretically) see four countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
After dinner we sit on our veranda for ages, just watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the African bush. With no lights on the horizon and very little pollution in the air, the African sky appears so enormous at night and the stars so bright. At times like these I feel so incredibly privileged and humble.
Can arrange safari drives to the nearby Chone National Park (10 mins)
Within the borders of Chobe NP we stayed at two campsites.
In the southwest (Savuti area) at the Savuti Camp and in the north-east, 10 KM from the gate, at the Serondela Camp at the Chobe River.
There are toilets and showers.
At both sites you are in the middle of wild life.
In Savuti we saw foot prints of a lion (of a visit the day before). At Savuti Camp the elephants had broken down the water taps, so they could drink more easily.
In Serondela camp the baboons jumped at the tents.
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