Chobe Game Lodge
The Chobe National Park riverfront is quite simply one of the most impressive safari experiences in Africa. And Chobe Game Lodge boasts the best location from which to explore this incredible wildlife spectacle.
Our five-star lodge is the classic luxury safari option for those wanting to visit Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas. Arriving at Chobe Game Lodge feels more like joining a family rather than simply being a guest in a lodge. Our dedicated team will welcome you through the doors and be there with a smile to ensure that every moment of your stay is a special one.
Chobe Game Lodge is the only lodge in the Chobe National Park situated on the magnificent Chobe River.
This alone makes it a first-choice destination for that once-in-a-lifetime safari experience.
Built in the early 1970's, the luxury 5-star lodge was designed to make the most of the river frontage. The wide front veranda offers views of the river from comfortable and elegantly appointed seating areas – and every room has a balcony that faces the river.
The recently built boardwalk has added a whole new dimension to game-viewing – simply find your favourite spot along this 250 metre elevated platform and settle down to watch the ever-changing wildlife parade across the river, islands, floodplains and even as far away as Namibia.
Staying with us - Accommodation
Chobe Game Lodge is one of Africa’s historic lodges – we have been around a long time and, over the decades, have finessed into what you find today - a place where guests feel at ease and at-one with their incredible surroundings. Add to this our five-star amenities and a traditional Chobe Game Lodge welcome and you have the perfect safari.
Rooms overlook the river, decks overlook the Chobe National Park and candles light up the many terraces and bar areas where you can find your own space.
The accommodation at Chobe Game Lodge is comprised of 42 twin/double rooms, four luxury private suites and one family unit. Rooms are all river-facing, with spacious decks and air-conditioning, as well as a complimentary mini-bar.
There are seven interleading rooms, ideal for friends and families travelling together.
There are no televisions in any of the rooms! We are in the bush, so enjoy the tranquillity, the birds and the wildlife.
Mealtimes are an important part of the Chobe Game Lodge experience, with everything from a delectable stir-fry evening or a roast carvery to a mouth-watering three-course a la carte menu to look forward to.
We have regular evenings under the stars at the riverside boma and we make full use of the beautiful dining locations along the deck lit up with candlelight under the African skies.
Chobe Game Lodge is designed with peace and privacy in mind – a place where guests can relax and enjoy their own space.
With six comfortably furnished viewing decks, a riverside boma, two bars, six different lounges and four dining locations, it is easy to understand why our guests effortlessly find their own space and just enjoy the environment!
The large swimming pool and waterfall is a wonderful place to relax during a hot afternoon. The waiters are on hand to bring you a refreshment from the bar or you can just doze under the shade of the Natal Mahogany tree.
Linyati & Tshwene bar
The newly decorated Linyati bar is designed in the style of a Bedouin tent. Glowing lanterns and colourful scatter cushions give the Linyati bar a warm, inviting atmosphere – perfect for a pre-dinner drink and snack.
The Tshwene bar is located at the top of the lodge with views over the Chobe River from the well-shaded terrace. The only television in the lodge is situated in the Tshwene Bar for the sporting fanatics and there is a full-sized billiard table.
Internet access is available and complimentary in all guest rooms, public areas and the boardwalk.
Spa and Gym
Guests wishing to pamper themselves are welcome to book one of the delightful treatments from our in-house beautician (for which there is an extra charge) or hit the gym for some exercise between the usual Lodge activities (complimentary).
Chobe Boardwalk and Deck
This is the perfect place to relax or explore during your spare time at the lodge, with excellent game viewing, bar facilities, toilets and plenty of areas to just sit back and watch the sunset or the Chobe wildlife parade! Click Here for more information.
There are four wheelchair-accessible rooms with easy access to all our dining locations and public areas. Recent additions to the lodge have been built with accessibility in mind. The new boardwalk and deck as well as the boma area are all linked by wheelchair-friendly decking and are fully accessible. We work closely with a safari company based in Maun, Botswana, who will help put together a full itinerary catering for travellers with disabilities. Please contact us for further information.
About safari activities at Chobe Game Lodge
There are three safari activities on offer every day. Stays at Chobe Game Lodge are fully inclusive, so you are welcome to do as little or as much as you please.
Our morning safari starts with a cup of tea or coffee and a freshly baked muffin on the veranda with the mist rising over the river in the background. Birdcalls echo around the gardens to herald the dawn.
Because Chobe Game Lodge is situated within the Chobe National Park we set off just as the gates to the park open, which means we are out and about before any other visitors to the park. We drive along the river looking out for fresh tracks – there is always evidence of predator activity in the early mornings and our experienced guides are able to interpret the bush signs and track the animals that left them. The thrill of finding spoor and tracking game must be experienced to be appreciated and being the first observers at a special sighting is very exciting.
Elephant encounters are common and huge herds of buffalo abound. The ever-present impala and the majestic giraffe are everywhere. The peace and tranquillity of game viewing in the early morning is a perfect way to start the day.
On return from the game drive and after a hearty breakfast, you can watch the animals begin to come down to the river, or spot wildlife across the floodplains on a mid-morning safari boat cruise. After lunch and a rest there is a choice of afternoon game drives or sunset safari cruises. Game viewing reaches its peak as the heat of the afternoon draws the elephant and other wildlife to the river. Don’t miss the safari cruise for the most spectacular sunsets on earth
Safari boat cruise
A very special activity while staying at Chobe Game Lodge is the safari boat cruise.
The boats take a maximum of 12 guests and are equipped with deck chairs and a table for drinks and snacks.
Unlike any other water-based activity in Botswana, the game viewing while cruising the Chobe River is epic. Elephants line the water’s edge, hippos congregate in lagoons, hundreds of antelope and giraffe make their way to the water and sightings of predators along the river are common.
A Chobe safari cruise is perfect for photography. The boat is a stable platform – a mobile hide that allows the observer to get close to the animals without disturbing them, which has enabled wildlife photographers from around the world to capture thousands of breathtaking images.
4X4 Game drives
Because Chobe Game Lodge is the only lodge inside the Chobe National Park, our early morning game drives set off at the same time as the park gate opens.
This gives you the best chance of tracking predators in the early hours of the morning or being the first to find that kill.
In Chobe National Park it is not uncommon on a game drive to sight leopards, wild dogs and the very special puku, sable and roan antelope, or to be surrounded by herds of elephant and buffalo.
Our 4x4 Landcruisers game drive vehicles are large, tough and well maintained, redesigned to make your trip comfortable and your view astonishing. The canvas roof can be opened and closed for photographing from a higher viewpoint.
Cultural Exploration & Day trips
Guests enjoying an extended stay of four-nights or more at Chobe Game Lodge are invited on longer trips to explore some of the remote regions of the Park and experience some of the deep rooted cultural traditions and traditional way of life of the Chobe enclave community.
These day trips are included in the rate and for part of the Best of Chobe Package which includes a whole host of extra experiences such as skimmer lunches on a Chobe River safari cruise, cultural tour, private candlelit dinner and an upgrade to a luxury private suite with your own infinity pool.
Your full day cultural trip involves exploring the sights and sounds of the bush as you head west towards Ngoma. Upon arrival in the Chobe Enclave we explore the local villages, cattle farms and arrive at a traditional basket weaving community. Here we enjoy a traditional local lunch washed down with a touch of locally made beer. After a locally guided walk and lecture the African sun creates a memorable return journey, casting the perfect afternoon light across the floodplains and herds of animals as you make your way back to the lodge along the tranquil Chobe Riverfront.
The Chobe Boardwalk and Deck
The Chobe Boardwalk and Deck is one of the most talked-about features at the lodge and is the perfect place to spend an afternoon watching the wildlife and the sunset.
The elevated decking runs for 250 metres alongside the Chobe River inside the Chobe National Park, culminating in what has become known as the ‘Far Deck’ – arguably the best vantage point in the whole of Chobe National Park!
This is one of the few places in the Park where you can be out of a vehicle. There's nothing between you and the wildlife; the only barrier is elevation.
Around three hundred elephants – a record number – were counted across the floodplain from the deck in September 2013. Lion hunt there frequently and wild dogs have been seen hunting there on many occasions. The Far Deck is equipped with a bar and small kitchen so that guests may enjoy a sundowner and snack while watching the African wildlife come down to the famous river.
It is worth spending an extra night at the Lodge just to enjoy more time at the Far Deck!
Fascinated by our projects in ecotourism and how a lodge runs in this environment, guests became interested in seeing the lodge ‘behind the scenes’. This prompted us to initiate the ‘Ecotour’.
Everyone is welcome to join our resident ecotourism manager for an insight into some of the most advanced sustainable tourism initiatives in Africa, including a Biogas plant and an on-site glass-brick manufacturing project. Most notably we will share show you the running of the first silent CO2 emission free electric game-viewing fleet. An in-depth look at the incredible technology and future of safaris in Africa.
A ‘Behind the scenes tour’ will allow you to meet some of the wonderful people that make it all happen while discovering the innovative projects taking place.
Don’t worry – we can fit this in between your activities so you won’t miss out on a safari!
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park is one of the world’s greatest safari destinations, boasting four distinctly different ecosystems: the spectacular Chobe floodplains and riverfront to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west, the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest and Nogatsaa, the hot, dry hinterland in between.
The Chobe Riverfront boasts the largest concentration of elephant in Africa – more than 40 000 of them – making this one of the best game viewing locations in Africa. Giraffe punctuate the skyline; hundreds of antelope dot the landscape, and the magnificent elephants dominate the riverbanks – drinking and playing in the water.
Driving or boating amongst huge herds of elephant is something everyone should experience and Chobe Game Lodge is fortunate enough to have the prime location on the Chobe Riverfront.
The Chobe region is home to more than 450 species of birds and is a must for keen birders. Apart from the regional specials such as rosy-throated longclaw and African skimmer there is the spectacle of huge flocks of African openbills, pratincoles and colourful bee-eaters to enjoy.
Along with huge numbers of elephant; healthy herds of buffalo sometimes 200 strong, lion, leopard and even the endangered wild dog are all frequently seen.
A trip to Botswana is not complete without a visit to the magnificent Chobe River in the Chobe National Park!