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Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

The staff was phenomenal.The accommodations were extremely comfortable and had all the conveniences of home. The food was outstanding. The sun downers were spectacular...the game drives and trackers were exceptional. Best trip of my life.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank Terry B
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Terry,

Thank you for this awesome review much appreciated.

Very pleased to hear that this was the best trip of you life!! We shared your comments with the rest of the team, they loved your feedback!

We loved hosting you we would love to welcome you back one day soon....

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

During our safari trip to Botswana we stayed at 3 lodges - Chobe Chilwere, Vumbura Plains and Eagle Island, each for 2 nights. The format for each stay was similar:

- Arrive in the morning
- Join afternoon activity / safari
- The full day of safari (2 activities)
- Morning activity on day of departure

The place is pretty impressive with large, airy rooms a short walk from the main building and having great views. Our guide was Jonathon and I agree with the other reviewers - he was great and really made the difference for us.

We booked as a complete package but still Chobe Chilwero was about 50% of the price of the other places but was right up there on quality.

The Chobe national park is full of wildlife and we saw everything except leopards and
cheetah. The layout of the park is great with animals coming and going from the river all the time. We saw the best groups of elephant and giraffe there.

Although we didn't appreciate it at the time this place is pretty accessible - you are 30 mins drive from Kisane airport with a direct flight to Johannesburg. Also very easy to come by road / ferry from Livingstone.

If you only has time for say a 3 day safari break this would be perfect - easy access, great rooms, options for drives or boat trips, and knowledgible guides.

The only area that could improve a little is the food - on the whole it was pretty good but could do with a little more variety.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Dubaiexpattraveller
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for this lovely detailed review!!

We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for all your lovely comments especially about Jonathan he was very happy with your feedback.

We have higlighted you feedback about the food with our Food and Beverage Manager who will be looking into this with our chefs.

Thank you once again and we would love to welcome you back one day soon..

Thank you for your kind comments about Chobe Chilwero and we do hope we have the opportunity of welcoming you to the Sanctuary portfolio again in the future.

Until then, please keep up with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats Chobe Chilwero by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

My partner and I visited four places in Botswana and Chobe Chilwero was the best of them by far. From amazing accommodation and meals to being on nthe doorstep of the very animal rich Chobe National Park.

The staff were amazing and the experience was our favourite by far.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jason E
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor.

We are sorry to hear that you felt Chobe Chilwero was less personal than the Delta Camps, we have addressed this with management and it is something our team will be looking into.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your games drives and the river cruise, Jonathan loved your feedback!

Thank you once again and we do hope you welcome you back to the Sanctuary Retreat portfolio one day soon...

Until then, please keep up with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats Chobe Chilwero by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had a great stay for two nights at the end of May. The rooms were very nice and the meals were delicious. The place is much more like a small hotel than the camps in the Delta and as such more impersonal. Our guide Jonathan was great!!! The river cruise and game drives were awesome and we saw tons of animals. The elephants,hippos, crocs, and birds in and by the river were an impressive site.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank CRSTX
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor, we are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us.

Hope to welcome you back again one day soon...

Thank you for your kind comments about Chobe Chilwero and we do hope we have the opportunity of welcoming you to the Sanctuary portfolio again in the future.

Until then, please keep up with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats Chobe Chilwero by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We stayed in Chobe for two nights and I'd say it was enough to enjoy it. We arrived from Chief's, where we had seen the "big game", such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos, and we already knew, Chobe would be a totally different experience. The resort had nothing to do with the previous one, as it was closer to a village, it was definitely more luxurious and clean. The bedrooms were beautiful and very well decorated. The food was as marvelous as the food we had at Chief's. I'd say the staff there was very kind, but not as cozy and welcoming as the staff we met at Chief's. Ali, our guide, was always very kind and took us on both boat and game drives. I'd recommend people that are looking forward to staying on this hotel, to enjoy the afternoons by the river, because they won't just enjoy the wildlife but the sunset as well. We had two amazing safaris on the river by the noon, as we got to see an elephant swimming and all sort of animals coming down to the riverside to drink some water. Concerning the hotel facilities and services I was kind of let down when we got there and there was no internet signal. The managers told us it was a local problem as it was happening to everybody on the village. Wi-fi was very important to me by the time, because it was the only way I could talk to my mom that was back in Portugal. By the end of the second day there, the problem got solved and I was more relieved. Overall it was a great experience but I'd say the Chobe river's safaris are the highlights on the stay there, as our game drive wasn't very exiting.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Dear Joanna,

Thank you for sharing you experience at both Chief's Camp and Chobe Chilwero.

We are very pleased that overall you had a great experience at Chobe Chilwero and thank you for your kind comments. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to you the first day with the internet signal however glad it was sorted out as soon as possible - we understand how important it is to stay connected with loved ones.

Please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Chobe Chilwero by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We're converts, that's for sure. Having just spent time in 4 Sanctuary camps, we've come to appreciate how different they all are. A couple of nights at Chobe Chilwero in the middle was a delightful change - luxe cottages with every single amenity one could hope for. Chef Phinnius created an outstanding menu and always came out to answer questions about the sourcing and preparation which was much appreciated. The sunsets go on forever, and this stop even allowed my husband to dip his fly fishing rod into the Chobe. A great addition to any itinerary involving tented camps.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Lovemyjob1
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for this delightful review!!

We are very pleased to learn that you had the opportunity to experience four of the properties in our portfolio!

Thank you for all your lovely comments we have past this onto the rest of the team and Phineas was especially pleased with your feedback.

We would love to see you and your husband again, until them it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Chobe Chilwero by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This was our last stop on a two week tour of Botswana and a completely different type of accommodation after having stayed in tented camps and lodges in the middle of the Okavango Delta.The view from our table at meal time was straight to Namibia across the Chobe River flood plain from up on a rise. Spectacular!

The staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for us including providing a taste of some typical Botswana food which wasn't on the menu.

The cottage was very large and luxurious and the bathroom was big enough to throw a party in.

Our guide Kebbe was very knowledgeable about the animals and the birdlife of which we saw lots of both. We also did a boat cruise one afternoon heading into sunset on the river and got up close and personal with hippos and elephants and birds.

On our arrival we were offered a complementary 10 minute foot massage, which I took up. Almost wished I didn't have to put my shoes back on afterwards.

We only stayed two nights and wished we had stayed more, and it may have been nice to see parts of the park away from the banks of the river.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank robynne_dudley
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Robynne,

What a review! Thank you!!

We appreciate all your lovely comments, we are so glad you had such a great experience with us.

Wish you could have stayed longer too, we loved hosting you and hope to se you again one day soon.

We would love for you to keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Chobe Chilwero by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats) if you would like to follow us.

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Address: Bordering Chobe National Park, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: £715 - £1,501 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. As well as the elephants for which the park is famous for, guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for. Each of the 14 thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The ensuite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms. Our honeymoon suite at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero features a private plunge pool and deck area where guests will be able to enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting) and special turn downs every night. Guests booking this room will automatically receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms. ... more   less 
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