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
this property makes you feel at home, the staff are warm and welcoming, there is an ambience, a homely feel with loads of luxury amenities great activities good food. i will definitely come back and make recommendations to friends and family.
We had a wonderful time! The transport arrangements, accommodation, food and staff were excellent. I was very impressed to realize that everything has to be transported to the lodge and yet we had suburb meals. With everything included in the package, it was very easy. Even the mini-bar in the room was included in the rate. You have to be checked in every time you cross the river, but it is not that bad if you are aware of it by reading about it in advance. All the staff were great, but Rector, Niven, Lovemor, Josephine and our room lady were very helpful as well as the lady organizing all the excursions. Sadly, I cannot recall their names. Felix and Saruf were excellent guides (excursions are also included). We felt spoiled and relaxed.
OK, so where to start; it really feels like an adventure just getting there, access to the Chobe Water Villas is via boat from the immigration office boat ramp in Kasane, Botswana.
Arriving at Chobe Water Villas for our 3 night stay we were greeting by the Chef, Gareth Davies, an interesting guy who was more than happy to show us how the Villas runs off the grid, growing their own vegies in a large garden and green house behind the main lodge, they also have an extensive sola power plant out the back, and the water supply is from a bore that is then double filtered, but they do advise you drink the provided bottled water. With a keen interest in eco-tourism I was really impressed with what they are doing.
Gareth provided us with absolutely magnificent food and the service level of the restaurant staff was outstanding. We didn’t do the afternoon High Tea; we were just to full, smiles. All the drinks and food, including Mini Bar was included in my package, makes it all very easy. Top Shelf drinks were also available; a cost, but the drinks, wines and so on available via the package were all of great quality.
The design of the villas and main lodge building is of a contemporary African style, so no stuffed animal heads on the walls here. It’s all very tastefully done and the views are just fantastic. Sitting on the deck of our villa in the late afternoon, the sun setting, a glass of quality South African wine in hand, watching the cape buffalo, hippos, & elephant on the island across the river eating, not to mention a selection of birds, fish jumping out of the water and the occasional crocodile, I think you get the picture. AMAZING.
The villas were clean, comfortable and I would say luxurious. Massive bathroom, no TV’s (a good thing) and we had good WiFi access, although it was at it’s strongest in the main lodge. No big air conditioner in the villas, this concerned me when I arrived as it was about 38 degrees, however I note there is some type of A/C unit above the bed and it worked well, great nights sleep.
One small challenge to be aware of is that Chobe Water Villas is in Namibia; and as most day-safari drives are on the other side of the river in the Chobe National Park in Botswana. So you have to be checked in & out of the immigration office in Namibia (a little shed with no power just up from the Villas) and then in & out of immigration on the other side of the Chobe River in Botswana, this is not a problem, just takes a little time, I guess all those stamps makes your Passport look busy, lol.
Anyway, a big thanks to Gareth, the manager - her name I just can’t recall sorry, and the guys who drive the boats, you all made my holiday everything I hoped it would be!
Well deserving of a 5 Star review.
Perfect location, awesome views over the river, hippopotamus, crocodiles, elephants, amazing birdlife, brilliant sunrises, beautiful sunsets. Nerise, the manager, paid attention to the tinniest detail. Her chefs, kitchen and wait staff produced the most amazing food, the housekeeping and ground staff, so happy to assist us. We were truly made welcome, and it was sad to leave. The Villas were beautifully furnished, so comfortable, private and the bed was just amazingly comfortable. Thank you to Nerise and the team!!
The shuttle bus is a boat!
A wonderful location. Wonderful staff and the Chef,amazing! Choice of foods outstanding and fresh produce from their very own garden. Greeted by the wonderful African harmonies of the staff in song. Our luxury villa was right on the Chobe River and so clean and cared for by ever pleasing young African women and men. So humbling.An infinity pool. Our sunset cruises each evening were breathtaking. A sun so huge! Of course lets not forget the wildlife as we sailed down the Chobe. A must where the luxury meets the wilderness. Thankyou.