Celebrating its 50th anniversary, located in the world-renowned Chobe National Park, with luxury, service, and sustainability at its core, Chobe Game Lodge has it all. The ultimate haven of peace and privacy for 2024, with the highest concentration of elephants on the planet, Chobe offers visitors a stunning, versatile base from which to explore the very best of Botswana’s most glorious game region.
Owned and operated by Desert & Delta Safaris, the stylish, five-star lodge set on the banks of the Chobe River is also celebrating its rich and romantic heritage as the ideal spot for Hollywood royalty. Two years after it opened in 1973 it welcomed Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a whirlwind reunion just a year after divorcing.
Lingering in their footsteps offers a unique experience of pure magic where the two-room ‘Honeymoon Suite’ remains at the end of the west wing, a love nest for star-crossed lovers. Here Burton immersed himself in books and scribbled his thoughts, in a cocktail of alcohol and remorse. The Hollywood superstars remarried during their stay, their last blissful period of togetherness.
With an illustrious history, Chobe Game Lodge looks ahead to 2024 as the pre-eminent leader in modern luxury safari travel.
CHOBE LEADS THE WAY IN 2024 …
- As a trail-blazer in female empowerment with Chobe’s Angels, Africa’s first all-female professional guiding team. Promoting gender equality is at the core of Chobe’s philosophy, demonstrated in a management team that now has some 50% female representation, a huge accomplishment. The once traditional role of tour guide has been transformed through gender parity, making Chobe Lodge an example of best practice and leadership in the industry.
- In changing the face of transport with a fleet of four electric safari vehicles fully converted from diesel power. In November 2014 Chobe launched the first fleet of electric game-drive vehicles in Africa, which have now covered 53,860 km, saved 9,6171 litres of diesel, and an estimated 25,296kg of CO2 emissions.
- With its full fleet of three solar-powered electric boats, a first for the continent and a further testament to its ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting the environment. Each high-specification boat is fully customised and bespoke and costs about $50,000 to convert. The electricity used is entirely renewable, supplied by a solar field specifically constructed to provide power to on-site electric game vehicles and contribute to Chobe Game Lodges’ main power grid.
- Through its sustainability projects. A comprehensive environmental plan encompasses all aspects of Chobe’s operations, from energy conservation, water stewardship, recycling initiatives, and meticulous waste management such as reducing food waste. Chobe monitors monthly energy consumption, and in addition to daily weighing, all organic waste is composted, and all inorganic waste is recycled through licensed waste carriers which eliminates the dumping of waste at landfills.
THINGS TO LOVE …
- All 44 rooms are river-facing and air-conditioned.
- Overhead fans, complimentary mini-bar, en-suite bathrooms, and private terrace.
- Four river-view suites each with a plunge pool and separate lounge.
- Six comfortably furnished viewing decks, Riverside boma, six lounges, and four dining locations.
- Large swimming pool.
- In-house beautician, spa, and gym.
- Easy accessibility for disabled guests.
- Curio shop
- Conferencing facilities
- Chobe boardwalk and deck
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and rooms
The silent, electric-powered safari boats offer an extraordinary adventure. A spectacular option for discoveries via boat-based transport, the safaris take advantage of more than 100km of river frontage to bring guests closer to nature than ever before. The incredible boats are highly maneuverable, perfect for tranquil cruises with sunsets over the horizon and changing light on the landscape. As you glide silently down the Chobe Rover a mass of wildlife appears at the water’s edge to drink. The water brings you closer to hippos and giraffes as they stretch down to take a sip of water. For bird lovers, this is the ideal place to see swooping fish eagles as they scan the water looking for dinner.
Wildlife also roams in abundance during the dry season, and the electric safari boats provide guests with the chance to gaze at vast herds of buffalo congregating on the fertile flood plains along the Chobe River to drink, bathe, and play. There are also frequent sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe, and roan antelope.
So if you’re looking for a versatile getaway in 2024 that combines breathtaking scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and loads of adventure, with sumptuous comfort, unparalleled service, and a dedication to eco-travel, conservation, and preservation, then Chobe Lodge is in the top tier of Africa’s five-star locations. It’s simply the best.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Since 1982 Desert & Delta Safaris has been welcoming guests to its lodges and game reserves in the heart of Botswana, from Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and Panhandle, to the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve and the Boteti River on the border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. This is the most comprehensive circuit of top safari locations in Botswana, with a wide spectrum of wildlife – from impala and buffalo to wildebeest, elephant, and zebra, lions, and cheetahs.
ABOUT DESERT & DELTA
One of the original safari operators in Botswana, founded in 1982, Desert & Delta Safaris’ nine camps are set in prime locations in northern Botswana’s famous game reserves and national parks with one just across the Chobe River in Namibia’s Eastern Caprivi Strip. Together these luxurious lodges offer an outstandingly diverse safari experience whilst providing the personalised service and attention to detail for which Desert & Delta Safaris is known. Guests are immersed in a safari experience which develops an understanding of the animals, people, and geography of this magnificent country.
At the heart of the company is developing the human potential of tourism in Botswana. Desert & Delta Safaris’ CARES philosophy is the foundation on which Desert & Delta Safaris is built, highlighting its core values in developing human potential and building a sustainable tourism model. They employ approximately 320 staff members within the eight safari lodges and all the guides are recruited from nearby villages. The company places a strong focus on training through a highly successful skills development programme as well as focusing on healthcare, environmental responsibility, and equality.