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“one of the absolute highlights of our trip to Botswana”
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Ghoha Hills Savuti
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We are a family of four and stayed at Ghoha Hills for 2 nights. After a challenging trip through the sandy pistes of Chobe NP we arrived at the lodge with a leaking tank and a flat tyre. The staff took immediate care of our car and were generally extremely friendly and helpful, just the same as the two managers. The luxurious tented accomm is pure luxury and well set out. The lounge(s) and dining areas are superb, likewise the food. The next day we went on an all-day safari and saw all the game living in the area: an abundance of elephants, lions, giraffes etc. an excellent cold lunch from the lodge was provided in the bush and our guide/driver was very knowledgable. Back at the lodge we had dinner by the campfire and a sundowner. we definitely recommend the place and are happy to have stayed there. It certainly deserved its 5 stars.

Room Tip: every tented accomm excellent
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Hi There

Thanks for your positive review! We always help out our fellow travellers and know all about the trials of driving through the Chobe. We're glad you came right with sorting the car out.

We always make sure that guests' are fed properly, fall asleep in absolute luxury and walk away with an in-depth knowledge of Africa.

We're glad you enjoyed your stay!

Warm Regards
The Ghoha Hills Team

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

We stayed for 3 nights at Ghoha Hills Savuti with 8 members of our extended family in mid July 2017. From the moment we arrived we were blown away with how beautiful this camp is. Situated on top a large rock outcrop the views from the camp (and each individual tent) are stunning. The camp is very isolated and you really feel like you are all alone perched on a beautiful mountain top with amazing savanah views.

The tents (if you could call them that) are beautifully equipped with every luxury and thoughtfully positioned to blend with the environment.

The camp itself is beautifully appointed. The main living and dining areas are large and inviting and all have stunning views. The food and service was exceptional.

The safari experience here is different to the other camps we visited. The Savuti area is beautiful and the wildlife is diverse. The camp is about a 40 minute drive to the channel and our guides Ren and Sam were fantastic and such nice people. We were able to see so many different kinds of animals and their knowledge of the flora and fauna was encyclopedic.

Aside from being expertly driven around, they were so hospitable organizing morning teas, lunches and sun downer drinks at perfect locations.

We cant speak highly enough about our hosts Abram and Nanette. Everything was perfect and they went that extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Abram is so knowledgeable and our children loved his stories as well as learning about the stars and using his telescope.

The safari experience can be hectic and this place combines a luxury safari experience with a camp that makes you feel relaxed and pampered from the moment you get off the safari vehicle.

We would definitely recommend this place and would love to go back!

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Hi There

Thanks so much for your glowing and positive review. One of huge selling points is that we are located on an elevated area overlooking the Savuti region. This makes us feel closer to the sunset and gives such a feeling of isolation in the wilderness! A slice of luxury in raw Africa.

We've kept our lodge as simple and eco-friendly as possible, while focussing on lodge luxury but not intruding on the environment.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Situated on the outcropping of a rocky ridge in the middle of Savuti's Ghoha Hills is the Ghoha Hills Lodge run by an experienced and charming South African couple (Abram and Nanette). Although one needs a rugged safari vehicle such as our Land Rover Defender or be picked up at the Savuti air strip 40 kms away, the accommodations are spectacular and nothing short of amazing. Each of the 12 "rooms" are actually large permanent tents placed on wooden platforms with decks overlooking the landscape on the plains and woodlands below. Perhaps befitting his old career in the army, Abram does an incredible jobs of bringing in fresh quality foods even though suppliers may be hundreds of miles distant and the only way to reach the Ghoha Hills Lodge is via sand-filled tracks guarded by herds of elephants, buffalo, impalas, and the occasional pride of lions. The evening dinner, a communal affair with the guests paired up with their game drive companions is worthy of any 5-star hotel. Star-gazing around the warm embers of a glowing fire, paired with fine South African wines set the stage for the following day's game drives. One special feature of GHL is a detailed "map briefing" by Abram that covers the region's history, geology, wildlife, and importance. We were so impressed by the Lodge and its managers that we signed up for an extra day. It is a place not to be missed, and it may have even more special resources and activities by the end of 2017 or 2018.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hi There

Thank you for such a glowing and well-written review! Because of our remote location on top of the hill, we're most certainly do need rugged 4x4 vehicles. Despite the wild conditions, we ensure that we only serve the finest cuisine and make sure people feel at home when staying with us. That's why we built the spa treatment room and the gym!

Do feel free to come back and stay with us.

Warm Regards
The Ghoha Hills Team

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

A beautiful lodge in a breathtaking setting on a hill in Savuti. Nanette and Abram are a wonderful host. They and their team mak one feel pampered and as one of the family. The game drives with guide Ren were great, we even saw painted dogs.
The tents are big, the bed is good. The view when the sun is rising and one looks over the vast green country below is one of a kind. There is so much to do we did not even have time for star-gazing. Will definitely come back.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

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Thank you so much for your review. The location of our lodge is spectacular - the hill gives rise to sweeping views of the Savuti region and waterhole below. Abram and Nanette are warm hosts that tend to everyone's needs. We're glad you managed to see the rare and endangered African wild dogs - that's great tracking skill from Ren!

We're looking forward to hosting you in the near future.

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The Ghoha Hills Team

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

We stayed with Abram and Nanette at Ghoha Hills for three nights during a 3 week trip to Africa. It was by far the best place I stayed at by far across 6 different countries. Highlights included: being picked up at Savuti airstrip with fruit skewers, getting welcomed with full song and dance, eating the delicious banana bread for tea time, seeing a pair of lioness sleeping under a bush, watching the stars and constellations through Abram's telescope, playing with Nanette's baby squirrel, learning about the rivers and boundaries of Botswana, dining in the patio with the camp fire and last but not least, running on the treadmill after a long day of sitting in the Jeep! Every element of our stay was thought through with careful detail. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hi Cecilia

Wow ! Thanks for that compliment - the best place across 6 countries? That's amazing. We loved hosting you.

We're always going the extra mile for our guests - we understand after your flight you might need something light and fresh to eat while we transport you back to the lodge.

Abram and Nanette ensure that you don't only enjoy the game drives, but also life back at the lodge. The stargazing is pristine, and our telescope is a hit with guests!

You're welcome back at any stage!

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The Ghoha Hills Team

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

We stayed here two days while visiting the Savuti region of the Chobe National Park. The highlight of this lodge was the managers: Nanette and Abraham- they are a very warm, caring and friendly couple. You feel you are visiting old friends rather than a lodge for the first time. Their example pervades the entire staff- who are all very caring and friendly in a genuine manner. the food was quite good and they made special efforts to cater to vegetarian diets. The location of this lodge is excellent- on top of a hill overlooking the Savuti plains and their waterhole, where wildlife come frequently.

This year, the rains in this part of Botswana were very good, so many of the water holes still have water, so the animals were dispersed even at the beginning of the dry season. But we still saw a lots of Elephants, Zebras and Giraffes around the lodge and heard a lion roaring at night. If you go during Sept.-Oct., it will be very hot, but I think you will be able see a lot of wildlife just sitting at the lodge and looking at their waterholes ( even now, we saw buffaloes, elephants, impalas and giraffes here).

The highlight is the day Safari to the Savuti plains-known for its big cats and this did not disappoint. We saw two close sightings of lions- 3 juvenile lions and two dominant males. We also saw a lot of giraffes, elephants, impalas, kudus, wildebeest. The mysterious Savuti channel has stopped flowing in 2014, so the wildlife is not as prolific as in the riverfront part of this park. But there is sufficient and the highlight is the scenery- very beautiful landscapes and rock formations, quite unique and different to other parts of Botswana. Our guide Ren was very good- hardworking and knowledgeable and he did his best to give us a very good experience.

It is important to note that this is an environmentally friendly eco lodge and not a luxury lodge as you would find in some properties in south africa ( Sabi, Sangita, Lukumbi etc.). So true to this theme, the tented chalets were quite spartan- low lighting and more basic furniture. However, a note to the owners- you may consider updating the chalets to bring it to the level of comparable tented camps in the delta- in terms of the flooring, quality of the tents, bathroom. It was not bad, but not at the quality of other camps we visited in the delta . Further, this will then match the quality of the excellent staff and management at this lodge.

This is a great place to stay when visiting Savuti.

Room Tip: Pick this lodge if you are more environmental than luxury conscious
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

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Abram and Nanette are extremely hospitable, and love to make guests feel welcome. It definitely feels like you are spending time with lifelong friends. Apart from the game drives and what makes up a standard safari, we carefully cater for all types of dietary requirements. We firmly believe in a marriage of luxury lodge life combined with wild, unpredictable game viewing opportunities.

Hearing lions roar in the dead of night is not something you'd hear anywhere else! We're glad you enjoyed tracking and spotting wildlife.

Sending a huge hello from everyone back at the lodge!

Warm Regards
The Ghoha Hills Team

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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

The welcome at arrival as well as in the room was enchanting. The service impeccable; friendly with a touch of humor. The room was always tidy; the shower-water needed some sun to heat, so early morning showers are not advisable. The food was tasteful with a lot of variety.

Ran, our guide / driver, lived up to the Dutch translation of his name (running); he was always " running" to show as much animals as possible. We started with 3 lions chasing 2 giraffes and missed our sundowner in the process, which we certainly did not mind!
The second drive was a long drive in which we saw cheetas and lots of birds. He shared his knowledge of Botswana with us; as well as his jokes. Our last drive was a full day drive and, with some persistence, you managed to find a lioness for the other guests. We had already sighted elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, hypos, secretary birds and lost of other mamals and birds.
We truly enjoyed the experience and will try to return when it is even drier (and hotter!)

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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674brettt, Marketing at Ghoha Hills Savuti, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hi There

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We're glad our "family" at Ghoha made you feel at home and that they could share their local and wildlife knowledge with you. Yes - our showers do need to heat up as we're heavily focussed on being eco-friendly and having as little impact on the environment as possible.

Wow - watching lions on the prowl must have been rewarding!

Hopefully see you soon!
Warm Regards
The Ghoha Hills Team

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Address: Savute area, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Chobe National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Chobe National Park
Price Range: $746 - $2,296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ghoha Hills Savuti 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched high on the eastern side of the Ghoha Hills, this hilltop retreat boasts unparalleled 180 degree views across the savannah and the natural waterhole which attracts wildlife year round. To the south east of the lodge, the Savuti Marsh beckons with its unique game viewing opportunities. The Marsh is a relic of an inland lake which is fed by the Savuti channel. Covered by extensive savannah and rolling grasslands, the wildlife is dynamic year round. The dry and wet seasons change the scenery and offer sightings of the annual migrations of zebras and predators. Elegance abounds in the eleven well-appointed canvas suites, which have been elevated on wooden decks, ensuring spectacular sunrise views. An exclusive and intimate ambience permeate this understated luxury lodge affording even the most discerning of travellers to Botswana a truly unique safari experience. Ghoha Hills is an eco lodge, using solar power for minimum impact to the environment. The lodge blends into the natural environment whilst maintaining the integrity of the pristine natural bush. ... more   less 
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