After staying at camps in the Okavango Delta, it was a shock to arrive at Chobe Chilwero and find that the lodge is behind an electric fence. The reason for this is understandable – elephant numbers are so high in the adjoining National Park that they are destroying much of the vegetation and can cause a lot of damage in the area. There is some wildlife within the fence, including a bushbuck which frequented the area around our room. Chobe Chilwero is a lodge, with a very different atmosphere to the safari camps we had come from, less personal and rather more like a hotel.
Our room was large and beautifully furnished and decorated, with a bath as well as both an indoor and outdoor shower. Unfortunately while we were there the water pressure was quite low – I don’t know if this is a frequent problem. The main lodge has an attractive verandah with tables and a good view, as well as the lounge and dining rooms. We found the food was good, and one night before dinner we were entertained by local dancers, which we enjoyed.
The wildlife viewing was both game drives and boat trips. Because the drives were in a national park, we were not able to go off road and had to be out of the park by dusk. The park was very bare in the dry winter season and some of the elephants looked to be in poor condition compared to the Okavango. We saw some interesting wildlife on our drives, such as sable antelope and lots of kudu as well as several leopards. However, the highlight was undoubtedly the boat trips in the afternoon, which were a welcome change from bumping about in the back of a landrover. Cruising alongside pods of sleeping hippos, seeing lots of waterbirds, watching a pride of lions at a buffalo kill right on the riverbank and of course watching the elephants at the river were great experiences. And the sunsets on the river were beautiful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. The main area commands fabulous views over the Chobe River which borders Chobe National Park to the north. As well as the elephants for which the park is famous for, guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for. Each of the 14 thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The ensuite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms. Our honeymoon suite at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero features a private plunge pool and deck area where guests will be able to enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting) and special turn downs every night. Guests booking this room will automatically receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities. Coffee stations are now available for guest use in the rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Hotel Chobe National Park