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Botswana Safari

Chobe Chilwero

Chobe Riverfront - Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant viewing on the Zambezi river at Chobe Chilwero
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Chobe Chilwero is located on the border of the Chobe National Park, home to the world's largest remaining population of elephants, and just 10 minutes by road to Kasane and 1½ hours from Victoria Falls. This ideal location provides superb access to the Okavango Delta, Victoria Falls and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. Chilwero, quite literally means a “place of high view”, and accurately describes this exquisite lodge, which sits above the Chobe River and offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and flood plains as far as Namibia.

A great deal of thought has gone into making Chobe Chilwero a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush, with all of the facilities of a larger resort. Guests can relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa or enjoy the gourmet food for which the lodge has become known. Guests at Chobe Chilwero will enjoy all of the creature comforts - elegantly appointed accommodations, silver service, gourmet meals and fine wines. Chobe Chilwero is owned and operated by Sanctuary Lodges & Camps.

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Chobe Chilwero offers nine double and six twin luxury cottages, all of which are individually designed to blend in perfectly with the topography and natural vegetation of the surrounding area. The cottage floor plates measure 61 square metres in area. Each luxury cottage has its own en-suite bathroom with a large sunken handcrafted bath, indoor and outdoor showers, private garden, “sala” or private balcony, mosquito nets, ceiling fans and air-conditioning. Each cottage has two showers - one inside and one outside, as well as its own private garden, where guests can sip cocktails after a day of game viewing or why not enjoy your very own private dinner served under the African sky.

The main public area includes a lounge and dining room, which are linked to outdoor viewing patios. The wine cellar is temperature controlled and houses a large variety of South African wines. The spa offers a range of spa and hydrotherapy treatments from both the Thalgo and Africology ranges. The lodge also boasts a split-level swimming pool, library, curio shop and a communications centre, which offers telephone, fax and internet access. Electricity, 230 volts, is permanently supplied.

Inspired by the abundance of nature that surrounds the lodge, the fully fledged spa has drawn from that beauty to develop a range of treatments and rituals of the highest quality to relax, restore and revitalise guests. Authentic African design has been integrated with the natural elements surrounding this luxury lodge. Great care has been taken in selecting brands, treatment methods and practices that are environmentally friendly. This luxurious spa features an indoor spa bath, Vichy showers, hydrotherapy, plunge pool, relaxation area and private treatment rooms, one of which is elevated in the treetops with incredible views over the surrounding landscape. Spa treatments include products from both the Africology and Thalgo ranges. Treatments may be pre-booked through Central Reservations, at the Spa reception, with the Lodge manager or with the therapist. A full consultation will be held before every treatment. Guests are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to their appointment. The spa is open from 7am till 7pm daily.

For game viewing, Chobe Chilwero offers guests complete flexibility. Our highly qualified professional guides lead game drives in customized open 4 x 4 game viewing vehicles and especially adapted safari motor boats. Sundowner Cruises are particularly spectacular for sunsets on the Chobe River. Fishing excursions are also available. Guests can also enjoy a day trip to visit the falls if desired.

Game Drives
Elephants feature largely on any activity at Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water’s edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by qualified professional guides bring guests close to hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Game drives are also the perfect opportunity for the expert guides to share their wealth of information on the area and its inhabitants. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.

Sundowner Cruises
The best way to end a day of safari is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River, toasting to the end of yet another beautiful day, while looking forward to what the new day will bring… Specially designed riverboats take guests up close to elephants as they wade in the river or near to the buffalo who gather on its shores. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing animals up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of elephants and dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas – antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps – are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.

Tour of The Falls
Only an hour and a half’s drive from the spectacular Victoria Falls, Chobe Chilwero is a great base from which to explore this great wonder of the world. Meet your guide in the reception area of Chobe Chilwero for the transfer across the border to the entrance of the Falls. Transfer time is approximately 1 ½ hours depending on border formalities. From here, the guide will escort guests around the Falls sharing some facts and history along the way. The lodge will supply raincoats during high water months when guests are likely to get wet from the spray of the Falls. The walk is approximately 1½ hours in duration (3km), through the rainforest, stopping at the various viewing points. There are however, three exit paths along the way in case guests get tired. Guests are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the walk, as well as suitable waterproof protection for camera equipment. Guests will also have the opportunity to do some curio shopping in the adjacent open-air markets before returning to Chobe Chilwero.

Guests will meet up with their guide at reception who will have a cooler box ready with refreshments and beverages of the guests’ choice. Mineral water is always included. It is normally the same guide assigned to the guests for their other game activities whilst staying at the lodge. They are taken to Chobe Safari Lodge jetty for the activity. Here they are handed over to the coxswain and agree on a pick up time for the transfer back to the lodge. The best time for fishing at Chobe Chilwero is in winter (May, June, July and August) because that’s when the water is slowing down. The types of fish guests can expect to catch are Bream and Tiger Fish, on a catch and release basis.

Chobe National Park covers a diversity of landscapes ranging from riverine forests to floodplains and periodic marshlands. Thrilling guided game drives in open vehicles bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of Elephants, as well as Hippos, Buffalos, Puku and various other antelopes, Lions, Hyenas, Giraffes and all the other creatures that gather on the Chobe River's banks.

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Water / Land Activity Table for Botswana camps:  Water/Land Botswana
Flying Times between Botswana camps:  Fly Times Botswana

For further information about the Chobe National Park, click More Chobe
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