Chobe Water Villas
What We Love
- Just 32 guests are allowed at the resort at a time, creating an intimate experience
- The area has one of the highest concentrations of game in all of Africa
- Each villa has its own telescope (don’t forget to look up at the sky at night)
What To Know
- The all-inclusive rate includes two excursions per day
- Prepare to be social—you’ll probably be spending significant amounts of time with other guests
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Transport to this exclusive lodge is by boat—a 15-minute ride from Kasane that crosses Botswana’s Chobe River, home to hippos, elephants, and crocodiles. But don’t worry if you miss sightings along the way—they can all be spotted from the balconies of the 16 elevated water villas, which afford sweeping views over the river. The lodge, which opened in 2016, is up-to-date, from the contemporary design that incorporates indigenous fabrics and custom African-made fixtures and art to the infinity pool overlooking the water. Each suite has floor-to-ceiling glass doors that lead to a spacious terrace equipped with extra-large sun loungers for the most relaxed game-spotting ever; smaller rear terraces have views of the bush and extraordinary sunsets. (Best enjoyed before or after a glorious soak in your oversize tub.) Public areas are beautifully modern but reference local traditions in clever ways: check out the mobile hanging in the restaurant, which is made from thousands of small Meranti wood disks and represents an African rain storm, or the light installation in the bar, inspired by the nest of the giant weaver bird. The lodge was designed to take advantage of the good weather, with plenty of outdoor seating including chairs arranged around fire pits—perfect for nighttime stories recalling the day’s finds.
In the Area
Virtually all your activities here will be arranged through the lodge, since there’s nothing else easily accessible nearby—this is the bush, after all. Daily trips include morning game drives in the national park and cruises down Botswana’s Chobe River timed to the sunset, a good time for spotting wildlife. Cultural tours through local villages, fishing charters, and birding safaris can also be arranged. The lodge is less than 50 miles from Victoria Falls, so build a day trip there into your itinerary.
How to Get There
We stayed here for 3 nights and had the best time ever! It was only a 1h40 min flight from OR Tambo international to Kasane (Botswana),then only a 10min transfer by car to the border then n pleasant 15 min boat trip to the Chobe water Villas.
The hosts Peter and Birgit were top notch, and went out of their way to accommodate us with everything.
If we wanted to have dinner outside...., no problem, if we came back from our boat birding trip and missed break fast.. no problem. Nothing was ever to much trouble.
The staff and especially Charles that took us on the daily boat cruises were all super friendly, Charles has an awesome knowledge of birding and trees.
The biggest plus point for us was that there was NO MUSIC played at the pool, restaurant or bar. We loved the sound of nature and it is something that is over looked in so many resorts today.
The rooms are lovely, spacious and very private and oh yes, the mattress is of the best, room tips, ask for room 15, 16 or 17 over the hang bridge.... room 17 is at the end and very private.
Will be back soon!
A big thank you to all the friendly staff at Chobe Water Villas. A special mention of Philimon and Felix. All the staff are friendly and attentive. The rooms have amazing views and are huge. Even with their own lounge. The bathroom had a shower and a bath. The bath/shower products are lovely. The beds are king size emperor and so comfortable with crisp white linen. Wifi is unfortunately extremely slow. And the food was ok and a nice wine selection. The guys running all the trips etc African Flame are very good too! The only real pain is all the times you have to clear customs in Botswana and Namibia each and every time you want to even go on a boat safari or game drive in Chobe! My goodness for 3 days they used 3 pages of my passport! It also takes a lot of time. I hope they can sort something out to make this more tourist friendly i.e. apply for a 3 or 4 day pass etc! When we arrived at Namibia customs on Impalila island the official wasn't there and nobody knew when said person would return! Overall a fantastic stay and I would highly recommend Chobe Water Villas above ANY other lodge in Kasane due to the unobstructed views and also boat traffic isnt as bad as in Kasane.
My boyfriend and I had planned a dream holiday to explore Africa and Chobe Water Villas was the second loation on this amazing holiday. We stayed for a total of 3 nights, 4 days, at the end of June into July and boy were we spoilt! On arrival we were greeted with the staff singing to us and we met our hosts who talked us through everything and gave us the tour. It still feels like a dream and that it never actually hapened but of course it did. Our Villa was very clean and modern with all the facilities you would need. The most amazing thing was the live TV (the glass doors and balcony over the river) where you can easily loose track of time. All of the safaris and park fees were included and they were spectaular and breathtaking. We saw soo many animals and birds but most importnantly for me were the Elephants which we saw hundreds of when we were taken on an exteneded boat safari on the river, including the cutest 1 month old baby Elephant! They are very keen to be able to cater any trips too your needs and this was ideal so we didnt miss out as some safaris overlap with others but this means that we can arrange another one like the extended one we went on. The only downside was the fact that as we are on the Namibian side of the river you have to keep going back and forth between immigration with Namibia and Botswana, so keep your passports on you! If you arent stamped you can get into a bit of trouble like we did! We would love to stay here again if the opportunity ever arises.