Chobe Game Lodge

Maun, Botswana

The hotel

The only permanent game lodge located within the Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is an absolute must for any traveller looking to explore this world famous game park. In an incredible setting, the lodge boasts the 250m long ‘Chobe Deck of Fame’ boardwalk which overlooks the Chobe River, allowing you unrestricted viewing of elephants, hippos, lions and more as they come down to the river bank to drink. The area is known for its large concentration of elephants which congregate in large herds and often swim across the river in the summer months, creating scenes you could only ever dream of! Other members of the 'Big Five' are also prolific, get up even closer on a quiet electric powered game drive vehicle or enjoy a unique view from one of the lodge’s electric boats – making the lodge the first electric-powered safari operator in Africa. The river safaris are particularly special and elephants are almost guaranteed but for a romantic evening, try the sunset cruise! Close to Livingstone and a great place to end your holiday or as a safari option from Victoria Falls, your time here will be unforgettable. Beautifully decorated and newly refurbished with graceful high arches and barrel-vault ceilings, the atmosphere is one of spaciousness and tranquillity. It was even good enough for Elizabeth Taylor, as a frequent guests she even married Richard Burton here is 1975. There’s a large swimming pool to relax by and a riverside BOMA around which to enjoy traditional entertainment. African bliss.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the banks of the Chobe River, in the north east of Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Transfer time from Kasane Airport: 45 minutes. Transfer time from Livingstone and the Victoria Falls: approximately 2 hours.

Hotel information

40 standard rooms and 4 suites. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private patio, mini-bar and en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. Standard Rooms are river-facing with 1 double bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals, all soft drinks and local brand alcoholic beverages with one complimentary mini-bar per day. Two scheduled activities per day. National Park entrance fees and complimentary airport transfers from/to Kasane airport. Laundry services.

  • Long stay offer: Stay 4 nights or more and receive a complimentary upgrade to a suite (subject to availability), one private dinner, one day trip/cultural experience and one breakfast cruise. Valid for stays 1 Jan–31 Dec '20. 

Riverside BOMA, dining terrace and open air patio. 2 bars. Game activities in 4x4 vehicles or on a river boat safari. Sundowner cruises are also available. Large deck for game viewing. Swimming pool. Gym. Massage room*. Library. Curio shop. Traditional evening entertainment. Laundry facility.

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

3 night itinerary

Day 1: Livingstone to Chobe
Pick up at Livingstone airport or your hotel for the road and boat transfer to Chobe Game Lodge. Afternoon game activity. (D)
Day 2-3: Chobe Game Lodge
Daily game activities in Chobe. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Chobe Game Lodge to Livingstone
Morning road and boat transfer to Livingstone airport (a visa will be required for re-entry into Zambia) or your chosen hotel. Alternatively add a Botswana safari. (B)

Inclusions:

-3 nights accommodation
-All meals
-3 scheduled activities per day
-All soft drinks and local brand beverages
-Complimentary mini-bar at Chobe Game Lodge
-National Park Entrance Fees
-Laundry services
-Medical evacuation
-Scheduled road transfers as specified above

* Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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May 19, 2020 rclurman

The entire property is staffed by the friendliest and most-accommodating people. Always ready to help. The food was delicious — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — and our room was always clean. The laundry option was clutch.
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Apr 23, 2020 jewels7749 Scottsdale, Arizona

My husband and I stayed here at the start of our honeymoon. We stayed at 5 different camps and lodges. This one was by far the largest. This lodge seems to cater to large tour operators and groups. Dinners were large buffets. Floor in the room was dirty. Highlights were definitely the sunset river cruise (a MUST do) and the team that ran the… Read more
My husband and I stayed here at the start of our honeymoon. We stayed at 5 different camps and lodges. This one was by far the largest. This lodge seems to cater to large tour operators and groups. Dinners were large buffets. Floor in the room was dirty. Highlights were definitely the sunset river cruise (a MUST do) and the team that ran the cruise. The grounds themselves were very nice and had a lot of wildlife walking across the property. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elephants EVERYWHERE you look. Hippos, Lions and Giraffe's,but dont expect to see any Zebra...

Apr 10, 2020 Melerding Ketchikan, Alaska

We had a family vacation with our son and our daughter-in-law and their 3 girls (11, 15, & 17). It was our first tirp to Africa and an unforgettable adventure! I really did not want to go to Africa, becaue of preconceived ideas about bugs/insects, expected 3rd world conditions and the outbreak of the covid 19 virus. Wow were my expectations… Read more
We had a family vacation with our son and our daughter-in-law and their 3 girls (11, 15, & 17). It was our first tirp to Africa and an unforgettable adventure! I really did not want to go to Africa, becaue of preconceived ideas about bugs/insects, expected 3rd world conditions and the outbreak of the covid 19 virus. Wow were my expectations surpassed - no bugs, very accomodating hosts, Friendly, friendly people and the accomodations were clean, comfortable and exotic. Our first stop was the Chobe Game Lodge and it is an extremely well run operation. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and genuinely happy to see us. The accomodations were first rate and we all felt very safe. The kitchen staff and the chefs were fantasic and the food was all very good. Breakfast in the AM included an omlette bar and your choice of all the popular breakfast items. The best part of the Chobe Game Lodge was our guide Flo. She was knowledgeable, professional and unflappable, which is a good quality to have when you are guiding guests within two meters of a pair of Lion brothers. Flo was a ture professional who took pride in her work (and enjoyed what she was doing). She was also very patient and answered ALL of our questions with grace and a humility that made us feel that we were not just crazy guests, but old friends who entrusted her with our families safety while getting a first hand exposure to wild Africa game animals. If you have an opportunity to visit the Chobe Game Lodge,DO NOT pass it up Read less
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Mar 31, 2020 Sapster7 Singapore, Singapore

A charming property located in the Chobe National Park itself. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, and the beds are very comfortable. The Chobe River is right in front of the rooms though you can't see it from the balcony of the rooms as trees generally obstruct the view - which is a pity (not that I am advocating cutting down trees!). … Read more
A charming property located in the Chobe National Park itself. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, and the beds are very comfortable. The Chobe River is right in front of the rooms though you can't see it from the balcony of the rooms as trees generally obstruct the view - which is a pity (not that I am advocating cutting down trees!). There is a pleasant boardwalk that you can stroll on next to the river where you can stare into Zambia (on the opposite bank). I applaud the use of electric vehicles for game drives (for which there are two) - though not for airport pick-ups where it took a long time to get to the property from Kasane Airport. Obviously the game viewing is sometimes the luck of the draw - I was unfortuante in that in 4 days I didn't see a single predator (lion, leopard or hyena). Plenty of zebra, kudu, elephant, crocodile, buffalo, baboons and giraffes though - and literally thousands of antelope. I see other reviewers saw a better selection so I guess it must depend when in the year you go and lady luck. The guides though are very good and the staff at the property are very welcoming and friendly. The food is excellent with some nice South African wines. I would say the camp could benefit from some better lighting - it does get quite dark at night. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very interesting lodge and great location

Mar 2, 2020 chernenko_sergei Moscow, Russia

The place is located in the middle of the National park and it is the only hotel that is actually inside the park. The transfer picked us up from the airport on a very stylish doorless 9-seater SUV. The same car was used for safari. The hotel is almost wild, you can see warthogs and baboons just walking inside the hotel, next to the pool and… Read more
The place is located in the middle of the National park and it is the only hotel that is actually inside the park. The transfer picked us up from the airport on a very stylish doorless 9-seater SUV. The same car was used for safari. The hotel is almost wild, you can see warthogs and baboons just walking inside the hotel, next to the pool and restaurant. Elephants you can also see from the wooden promenade of the hotel. The hotel also has a private pier for boat game cruises. Both cars and boats are 100% electric, since the hotel cares about the environment. Rooms are very authentic and spacious. We lived in a suite, so apart from a living room and several extra beds in a neighboring room we had a private pool. Water, anti-mosquito and light snacks were included in the room as well as the minibar. Waiters in the restaurant are quite friendly but very slow. The food is good on all the courses - breakfast, lunch, dinner. Since we were a company of six, the hotel once arranged a special lunch for us on the terrace next to the river. You can buy souvenirs inside. Overall it was a great experience but the hotel needs renovation, I would make the service more efficient (if you stay at the restaurant or bar after 10 pm the staff gets nervous and you are hinted to go to the room). Such unique places deserves a bit better service. Read less