We stayed 3 nights at Chobe Safari Lodge. Compared to the smaller-scale lodges we had on this trip before arriving at Chobe, this is a very big lodge.
Upon arrival, the whole Kassane region was infested with shield beetles… thousands and thousands of shield beetles. Hundreds of them (this is not an exaggeration) found their way to the rooms. Everywhere we looked : bugs ! On the walls, on the floor, on the mosquito nets, in the bathroom, everywhere ! We found this quite disturbing and although management cannot be blamed for such natural and apparently unusual phenomena, I can’t help believing that something could be done : sweep the room several times per day, spray, ask the cleaning team to clean the rooms with doors closed instead of everything wide open… Sitting on our private deck was impossible, deck and chairs were covered with beetles, really unpleasant. I must admit that on day 2 and 3 there were less of them (or were we getting used to them ?).
The room itself (safari family room) was OK although a little bit old-fashioned (should be modernized). I don’t know how old Chobe Safari Lodge is but it looks a bit outdated to me (could use a more general maintenance/renewal). The bed was a little short to have comfortable sleep (for my 1m88) and the mosquito nets are too close to the bed. There is a safe, en suite bath, shower and toilet, TV, phone and a separate bedroom for up to 2 children.
The general facilities in the lodge are OK. Internet only works in the main area. There is a bar, lounge, swimming pool, activity desk, shop and all other services you would expect from this size of lodge.
Food is what I expected for this type of lodge : buffet style; nothing bad but nothing to be exited about.
Via the activity desk we booked several game drives, sundowner boat cruise and private boat cruises. The game drives in Chobe were a bit disappointing compared to the other game drives we had on our trip. Guides always use the same route (because “this is were we see most animals”) and it gets busy at moments (i.e. many vehicles). The boat cruises however were absolutely perfect and so much more fun. From the riverside we actually saw more interesting animals than on the game drives : we spotted some rare birds, crocs, hippos, sable antelopes, buffalos, … I would certainly recommend a morning (07:00) private boat cruise.
All in all, I believe that Chobe Safari Lodge offers relatively good value for money. It’s close to Chobe, has direct access to the river, offers a variety of activities; it has all what is needed to stay a few days before moving on to e.g. Victoria Falls.
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- Also Known As:
- Chobe Safari Hotel Kasane
- Chobe Safari Kasane