The last stop on our African vacation was Chobe Game Lodge. From the Royal Livingstone it was an interesting trip to the Chobe. We were met in Zambia by Wild Horizons for about and hour and half drive to the river, here we went through customs/immigration and boarded the speedy boat to the other side where we went through customs/immigration in Botswana for about an hour drive to Chobe Game Lodge. Chobe Game Lodge was absolutely wonderful. No personal butler, but rather assigned waiters, Collen & TT, who were just fantastic. We had a young lady ranger at Chobe, Thouso, who was extremely knowledgeable and upbeat. In Chobe, unlike Sabi Sands, we did not see a lot of cats. We saw lions each night, but only two at a time. On our last night we witnessed a herd of elephants forcing a male and female lion out of their area -- very exciting. Because Chobe is a National Park, the vehicles need to stay on the road which did make the sightings a bit more difficult. But don't get me wrong, our stay was unbelievable! We saw so many elephants, giraffes, hippos and monkeys. And lots of baby animals. Baby elephants have to be the cutest things in the whole world except for perhaps infant baboons with their big pink ears. Chobe game lodge offered a morning and evening game drive with a stop for sundowners in the evening. The advantage they had over our previous game lodge was their location right on the river. After breakfast each day, they offered a boat cruise which was wonderful. We got very close to the hippos and crocodiles and were able to see the elephants, water buffalo and giraffes coming down to the river to drink and also crossing the river. Elephant herds and large groups of giraffes are everywhere in Chobe and we were able to get quite close to them. I really enjoyed the Boma at Chobe. At one of the Boma lunches, we were entertained by the Mogwana Dance Troupe who put on a great show. During our last lunch there, the restaurant manager came over and thanked us for staying at Chobe Game Lodge and invited us to a "secret" dinner. When we showed up at the restaurant that evening, we were guided to one of the beautiful decks along the river. The pathway and boardwalk to the deck were lighted by luminaries. Out on the deck was a table for two set with a huge candelabra. We were the only people out there. It was a beautiful clear night, all the stars were out, our meal was delicious (as always) and the only background noise we could here was the splashing and grunting of hippos and elephants. A PERFECT ending to a PERFECT vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Picturesquely situated 100 km west of the Victoria Falls, overlooking the Chobe River and the Caprivi floodplains, the iconic Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent safari lodge within the Chobe National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chobe Game Hotel Chobe National Park