Chobe Game Lodge is a very well established property, made famous in 1975 when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married there (for the second time). Today it’s listed in the portfolio of Desert & Delta Safaris, which includes a number of our favourite camps and lodges across Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, and the Makgadikgadi Pans. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, featuring all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, transfers between the lodge and Kasane Airport, and a laundry service. The lodge is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge can be accessed via 30 minutes’ road transfer from Kasane Airport. It’s situated on the beautiful banks of the River Chobe, in the shade of mahogany trees.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT CHOBE GAME LODGE:
There are 40 guest rooms and four guest suites. Each room is positioned on the ground or first floor of a building within the lodge’s grounds. This option features a double bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and an easy chair. Additional in-room amenities include air conditioning, a tea-and-coffee station, a complimentary mini-bar, a safety deposit box, and international multi-plug adaptors. In the en-suite washroom, you’ll find a flush toilet, washbasin, shower, and freestanding bathtub. From the bedroom, double doors lead out onto either a patio or a balcony. Here, deckchairs are set up, providing a lovely spot for relaxing and enjoying your views. Two rooms are wheelchair accessible, and interleading options are also available. If you’re travelling with children aged 6 years and over, you could consider booking a family suite, which offers two bedrooms, a shared bathroom, an open-plan lounge, and all the amenities of the standard room. Finally, the property’s honeymoon suite benefits from a secluded location, as well as a glamorous history – this was where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton chose to spend their own honeymoon! All suites boast a spacious private terrace, complete with infinity plunge pool.
The communal facilities at Chobe Game Lodge are found in the lodge itself, a large structure that’s almost Moorish in style, with vaulted ceilings, graceful arches, and tiled floors. Guests enter into a generously proportioned upper hallway, before descending a wide flight of steps to the main areas below. These include an enormous lounge, within which there are a number of seating areas separated by archways. The lodge’s dining space consists of an open-sided terrace – here, individual tables are set up in readiness for delicious meals. The terrace has a cover in case of rain. There are two bars, one containing a full-size snooker table! Anyone in need of a little retail therapy can browse the well-stocked curio shop, while keen keep-fitters can work up a sweat in the lodge’s gym. There’s even a spa, where you can enjoy a variety of relaxing and revitalising treatments in between activities. A long boardwalk at the front of the building overlooks the Chobe river – this is a great spot for watching the local wildlife and indulging in some private dining. Guests who like eating and drinking al fresco are well served by the riverside boma too. And there’s a highly inviting swimming pool!
**For families with children under the age of 6 years, we always request a ground floor room or a room without a balcony for safety reasons. If you stay here with us, please ensure this is what you are given.**
ACTIVITIES AT CHOBE GAME LODGE:
Chobe Game Lodge offers an excellent range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- These are available in the morning and in the afternoon. As the lodge is situated inside Chobe National Park, drives get going as soon as the area opens to safari vehicles. Chobe covers approximately 11,700 square kilometres of sprawling plains, beautiful broadleaf woodlands, riverine forest, and water sources. Particularly famous for its impressive populations of elephant, the park is also home to lion, leopard, buffalo, spotted hyena, hippo, giraffe, blue wildebeest, zebra, and vervet monkey! And there are over 450 species of bird, inclauding fish eagle, herons, and bee-eaters.
Boat safaris- Unusually, Chobe Game Lodge uses electric and solar-powered safari boats to showcase the wildlife of the water. Of course the advantage of this type of boat is its quiet motion along the river, enabling guests to come close to the likes of crocs, hippos, an assortment of mammals grazing on the banks, and all sorts of waterbirds.
Back-of-house eco-tours- The Botswana Tourism Organisation recognises the lodge as a fully Ecotourism-certified safari property. Guests can take an eco-tour to enjoy first-hand insights into current projects, courtesy of Albert Ndereki, Ecotourism Manager.
Chobe cultural exploration trips- Available for guests staying four nights or longer, these trips provide opportunities to explore some of Chobe’s remotest regions and communities.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.