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“River safari wildlife viewing a pleasant change,”
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Chobe Game Lodge
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“River safari wildlife viewing a pleasant change,”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Viewing the abundance of wildlife on the banks of the Chobe river, was a pleasant change after the dusty game drives of Botswana and Namibia.
It never ceases to amaze us with our many previous wildlife game drive safaris, how each experience is always different.
Seeing the many elephants, hippos, buffaloes, huge Nile crocodiles by the water was quite the experience.
The rooms were quite spacious and the quality of the food and service was excellent.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are fairly equal regarding facility, some certainly are closer to the main building...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about us.

We are very pleased to hear that your stay was such a wonderful experience and that you appreciate that Chobe has such a unique wildlife experience. We will be waiting to welcome you back again for your next safari adventure.

Kind Regards from The entire team at Chobe Game Lodge
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Pennington, New Jersey
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Great boat cruises. Views of animals on the banks of Chobe river are unforgettable. Park is a bit crowded so every time a leopard or lion is spotted you are surrounded by cars which diminishes the experience. Excellent food and service.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
We are delighted that you appreciated our services and that you had such an enjoyable stay with us.

Being in the National Park, which is open to the public and other operators, We do try to conduct our game drives in areas with the least congestion and also try to minimize our impact by sticking to certain areas, however sometimes as you say the word travels fast with the bush telegraph and if the sighting does get crowded we make sure to move away from the area so as not to impact the animals too much. We are however in the process of introducing different routes and awaiting approval from local authorities so we anticipate new and different routes for activities very shortly. The routes are longer and visit very different terrains, which we know will make a huge difference to the impact on game drives.

We appreciate your compliments on what we do and look forward to saying “Welcome back!”

Best regards from all of us at Chobe Game Lodge.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This accommodation was excellent. First dinner by the river with great entertainment. Unfortunately it was the 5th lodge on our safari tour and we had been spoilt by the number of animals we had seen in the Masai Mara so the sitings here were disappointing. Whilst the river cruise was pleasant and relaxing and a beautiful sunset - one was enough for me. I did not do the final game drive. The drive from Chobe to the border in an open vehicle was rather unpleasant

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Thank you for your review.

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at Chobe Game Lodge and enjoyed the African Boma evening. We are a bit disappointed that the sightings did not meet your expectations, Chobe National Park is an iconic unfenced park where animals are left to roam freely, and most visitors are frequently taken aback at the sheer abundance of animals, specifically with regards to large herds of elephant and buffalo that frequently visit the Chobe River front.

With regards to transfer from the lodge to the border, we are very sorry that you felt it was unpleasant. The majority of the 7km journey is within Chobe National Park and open safari vehicles are provided for this experience.

Best wishes from the Team at Chobe Game Lodge
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

In my wildest dreams i would never imagine a place like Chobe Game lodge exists. Everything was just above all my expectations. I had the most amazing 5 days of my life. From the beautiful lodge, breathtaking views from the deck over the Chobe River, the food, the friendly and helpful staff, game drives and boat cruises, everything was just amazing. I have seen all the beautiful game and taken thousands of photos. The best moment will be the evening when 2 male lions visited the hotel. I can recommend Chobe Game Lodge to any person or family for an amazing get away to Africa. I will be back next year for sure.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful memories with the Tripadvisor community.

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much and we look forward to your return. We will pass on your great appreciation of everything to the entire team. Until next year all the best in all you do.

Warm wishes from all of us!
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California
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

This Lodge far surpassed our expectations the staff provided excellent service and were very helpful even with providing information for our departure to our next destination. The food was delicious and plentiful. We loved the grounds around the Lodge so beautiful and peaceful even if you choose to stay at the lodge for the day a relaxing experience with abundant wildlife. The rooms were clean and a nice view of the Chobe River I would highly recommend this lodge.

Alan & Kim USA California

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Alan & Kim,

Thank you very much for the high recommendation of our lodge.

We are very pleased to hear that your stay was such a wonderful experience and that you found Chobe so great. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for another safari adventure. We will certainly share your wonderful remarks with our staff.

Best wishes from the Team at Chobe Game Lodge.
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

no place like Chobe game lodge. its quite,very nice breeze from the chobe river, the food is so delicious. i visited the lodge recently and it has been renovated and the place is so so so so so nice. Chobe game lodge is a perfect place for a family, honeymoons etc. the staff is so professional and lovely............. the room are very clean and smart. This is the place to enjoy viewing of the animals and boat cruising. i would recommend this place to anyone who would like to have a memorable holiday

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Thank you so much for your recommendation, we are delighted that you appreciated our services and that you had such an enjoyable stay with us.

We appreciate your compliments about our staff and we will pass this onto to our team. We hope we will have you back again in the not too distant future! You are always welcome.

Best regards from all of us at Chobe Game Lodge.
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We spent three nights at the Chobe Game Lodge and had a wonderful time. The property is beautiful and the rooms are comfortable and well-appointed. There is a deck that runs almost the length of the property and you can sit out there and watch the world go by.

We enjoyed the food and everyone went out of their way to be helpful with anything you needed. After being on travel for almost two weeks, their complimentary laundry service is a really nice offering!

I have to say that the game drive was not as exciting as the one we went on at the lodge we were at just before this. The jeeps can't go off-road so you can't get as close to the animals but our ranger was great and really wanted us to have a good time.

The absolute highlight of the Chobe Game Lodge is water safari you experience by boat. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this part but it turned out to be what made this lodge so incredibly special. One interesting fact about this property is that all the rangers are female.

Watching a herd of elephants swim across the Chobe River and seeing hippos pop up out of the water was spectacular. It was a completely different view of animal life and our trip would not have been complete without this experience.

If you are someone who has to be connected to your family or work via internet, the internet was down the entire length of our stay. It turned out to be a relaxing break for us but I know some people might go crazy. I am not sure if this was an isolated incident or a common issue at this property.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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VincentinChobe, Marketing Executive at Chobe Game Lodge, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful in depth response! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We put a lot of work into ensuring we deliver the best possible experience for guests and we are very glad to hear that this is recognised. The Chobe River boat experience is indeed fascinating and an all-time favourite.

We have noted your remarks regarding internet connection, as we are located in a remote environment we are not connected to the fibre optic link up yet, we use a satellite connection, this service is complimentary, which at times is not very reliable. We are currently working with a local mobile company to try and improve this service, we are hoping that in time they will be able to improve this service for us.

Thank you again for all your wonderful comments and we will pass on all your kind words to our team. Sending you our best wishes, till we meet you again.

Chobe Game Lodge Team
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Property: Chobe Game Lodge
Address: Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Chobe Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 47
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 
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Chobe Game Hotel Chobe National Park

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