Chobe Game Lodge was the third of our two night stays in Botswana. This site was larger than previous sites visited in Botswana with a lot more rooms and more places outside to sit and relax. There was a much larger selection of foods at mealtimes. We arrived after lunch having traveled since 8:00am and were grateful that the the staff reopened the dining area for us. Our ground floor room was ordinary but nice and had a reasonable view of the river from the balcony. We could recharge our electrical devices in our rooms and access the WiFi internet connection from the near the bar. The pool looked excellent, however we were too occupied with game drives etc. to use it.
Staff, including the guides, were friendly but somewhat reserved. The game drives were conducted on the plains behind the river and we saw larger herds of impala, giraffe, elephants and zebra than we had at previous lodges as well as some wilder-beast and buffalo. Warthogs ran about everywhere! Quite a lot of the game drive involved the 4WD's racing around after each other when one of them reported seeing a carnivore. This often made the roads in the National Park look like a crowded car park, however as a result, we did see both a male lion and an adjacent pride of lionesses and cubs - the only lions we sighted during our week in Botswana.
The river cruise was certainly an eye opener as a herd of elephants were very busy and visible on the river's edge and it was good seeing them walk out to the nearby island and compete for space with the hippos and crocodiles. We had an enjoyable time; the lions were the highlight for us.
- 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