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
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 a is a great getaway on the Chobe river. Accommodation, food and the entire experience in nature make for a great few days. The evenings are fantastic sitting on your wooden patio over the river with the sounds of nature and dark starry skies. The only negative is the border posts to be crossed to go for a game drive as the accommodation is in Namibia but that is not a deterrent and, to some extent, part of the adventure
This villa gives you the best of both worlds of enjoying a luxury retreat as well as being able to easily see the African wildlife. With relaxed but personal service and great food and wine. Nothing seems too much trouble even when weather conditions are challenging.
We had a great time at Chobe water villas. Game drives in the morning at Chobe Park and sunset cruises each day. Food was terrific and very vegan friendly. Only challenge was that it’s in Namibia. Had to be checked in and out of Namibia and in and out of Botswana each day since Park is in Botswana. The pier on Botswana side is sinking and loose. Challenging to get in and out of boats
The Chobe Water Villa's are FANTASTIC! Our Villa overlooked the Chobe River and had a great view of Chobe National Park, Botswana. The rooms and lodge were spotless. We were surprised by the size of the room, the well stocked all included beverages and snacks. The best part of the room was the deck overlooking the river. We had hippos entertaining us regularly from the view of our room. We could watch elephants using our binocular.
Ephriam and Nerise were impeccable hosts making us feel like part of the family. The dinning was 5 STAR, chef Gareth is a master! The dinning staff, John, Sebastian, and Soul catered to our every need. They quickly made note of our likings making us feel pampered. Our boat driver and cruise guide Felix was extraordinary. His keen eye, awareness, and knowledge coupled with a genuine desire to provide us the very best experience possible made our excursions exceptional.
We did numerous game drives in Chobe National Park, an easy 15 minute boat drive away. We saw hundreds and hundreds of elephants in one day alone. Not to mention the lions, jackals, zebra, giraffe, impalas, kudo and too many other to mention. We even got the honor of accompanying some of the Chobe Water Villa staff to the local village school to pass out some backpacks to students. The students performed music, dancing and dramas for us. They even got us to join them dancing. The children laughed hysterically at our lack of dancing skills. What a fantastic community service. We applaud them for giving back to their local community.
We want to thank the staff at Chobe Water Villas for making this a life changing experience for us.
If you've seen pictures of Bora Bora, this is the river equivalent. The property is simply amazing. The cottages protrude on top of the river with exceptional views. The main lodge, pool, bar area, dining area are simply beautiful. There is a raised deck for walking between the lodge and the cottage which makes things very safe. We could see hippos just from our room.
Watching the wildlife by water and land was awesome too. We saw hippos, elephants, giraffes, lions, crocodiles, impalas and other antelopes by boat and from a combi. Our guides were knowledgeable and friendly too.
So why I am rating this a 4 and not a 5? Here's the reasons:
1. We didn't know that the wildlife is ONLY on the Botswana side. There's no game on the Namibia side. So for a game drive, you have to get on a boat, go to Botswana, clear immigrations and then go the the park. Since the immigration office opens only at 8AM, the earliest you can make it for a game drive is 9AM. And you have to repeat the process coming back and be in Namibia by 4:30PM. So sunrise and sunset game drives are out.
2. The lodge does not have enough (speed) boats and vehicles for all the guests. So one day when we wanted to do an all day game drive (it really would have been 9-3), we were unable to do so since there weren't enough vehicles.
3. Finally, I have mixed emotions on food. The chef is amazing and the food was quite fancy. But there was a lot of repetition. We literally got the exact same dinner twice in a row. However, the kitchen was quick to address this, and whipped up something upon request.
Net-net, if you are in a relaxed mood and not too crazy about sunrise/sunset game drives then this place can't be beat. But if you want a full-on safari experience, stay in Botswana.