4.5
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

All-inclusive resort of just 16 thatched villas perched over a river, with prime animal spotting during daily water and land safaris through Chobe National Park

The Lowdown

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

Chobe Water Villas
Namibian Kasika Conservancy, Caprivi
Chobe, 0000 Namibia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 68 Reviews
Luxury!
Reviewed 2 days ago

As luxurious as it gets while going on a safari!
The rooms & facilities here are top class. You won't get modern luxury done better than here at Chobe Water Villas.
The best way to end a safari trip here.
The food is also phenomenal!
Highly recommended :)

Ultimate getaway on the mighty Chobe river!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 4 days at the Chobe Water Villas in Namibia (the river spans Botswana and Namibia within eyesight). Pieter and Brigette the managers greeted us together with singing staff and there started 4 days of sheer bliss and indulgence!
5 star accommodations and 5 star food and exquisite attention to the finer details made for an unforgettable stay! And I havnt even told you about the awesome wildlife sightings on the banks of the mighty Chobe while sipping on crisp cold white wine in the capable hands of Felix our water guide and David our safari guide into the Chobe National Park. People get there! We were encouraged to empty our mini bar! All food, drinks, transfers, water trips and game drives are included as well as flights.

Amazing stay at Chobe Water Villas
Reviewed 2 months ago

Peter & Brigitte (managers), Charles our guide .... these are the real people who ensured our 3 day stay hummed along like clockwork. The water safaris where the highlight, allowing us to view a family of lions feasting on a dead elephant by the water line (the land Safari where not able to view this spectacle due to the steep terrain). We got so close to hippos, buffalo, Elles, crocs ... and oh the birdlife! Would love to return.

Views on the water
Reviewed 2 months ago

We loved our stay at the Villas. The staff was awesome, the rooms were wonderful and the view was spectacular. There were many hippos, elephant, crocodiles and water buffaloes easily viewable from our gorgeous private deck on the Chobe river.

"A weekend to be repeated"
Reviewed 2 months ago

We were warmly greeted by the General Manager Ephraim and friendly staff members over the Easter weekend.
Our stay will never be forgotten from excellent service, 7 course fine dining menu & superior villa rooms overlooking the Caprivi Strip and Botswana. Thank you for the wonderful memories. :-)