Fodor's Expert Review Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero
Kasane, North West, Botswana
Smaller and more intimate than most of the accommodation options around Kasane, this peaceful luxury lodge, perched on a small hill on the border of Chobe National Park, is probably the closest fit to the small camps prevalent around the rest of the country. The aptly-named lodge---Chilwero means "high view" in Setswana, the national language---has 15 spacious thatched cottages, which feature en suite bathrooms, private gardens, and viewing decks with stunning vistas of the Chobe River. The Pool Suite also boasts a plunge pool and comes with a private guide. Feast on the gourmet food, cool off in the split-level swimming pool, or pamper yourself with a beauty treatment at the stylish spa. All the Chobe activities are available, from walking safaris and fishing to game drives, day trips to the nearby Vic Falls, and the must-not-miss sunset cruises. There's also a very good children's program featuring treasure hunts and bush walks in the grounds. Although you're not far from town, the privacy and exclusivity of the lodge will persuade you that you are miles away from civilization.
It's worth booking the Pool Suite as it is only marginally more expensive than a regular room.
- lovely views
- intimate atmosphere
- great spa
- situated near the town, which means you are not in the bush
- Chobe National Park can get busy
- manicured gardens might feel too tame for some
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive