Chobe Chilwero Lodge nestles deep within the very heart of the Botswana wilderness. This landscape is home to an abundance of gorgeous fauna and flora, set in the spectacular milieu of the wild and natural.
Chobe Chilwero offers luxurious accommodation in the midst of these beautiful surrounds where silver service, fine cuisine and superior wines define the hospitality. Thatched cottages each boast en-suite bathrooms, sunken bathtubs, indoor showers, outdoor showers, gorgeous terrace and private garden. From this garden, guests are invited to laze about in hammocks and overlooking the superb Chobe River.
Other convenient facilities at Chobe Chilwero include a library, curio shop and communications centre.
Despite the secluded ambience of Chobe Chilwero, it enjoys close proximity to Zambia, and the awesome Victoria Falls, which guests can enjoy on a customised day trip.
This game-rich area sees a plentiful supply of wildlife. Guided game drives are conducted from open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles, from where Africa's largest concentration of elephants, hippos, buffalos, puku, antelope, and lions converge on the banks of the Chobe River, along with their wild counterparts. Qualified guides also conduct water safaris on specially-adapted motorboats. A particularly special treat is the ultimate sundowner cruise, where guests are invited to take in the slow setting sun in the afternoon heat of the Botswana summers. Fishing trips are also available at extra cost.
Fine dining is guaranteed by our expert chefs, who prepare a menu consisting of a fusion of Western and African meals. These are perfectly complimented by excellent wines and spirits from the Chobe Chilwero cellar. High tea is enjoyed on the lawn, umbrella by shady trees. Work up an appetite in the crystal-clear swimming pool.
After fantastic game drives and a hearty meal, a pampering spa treatment is the ideal end to a busy day.
Accommodation & Facilities
"Chilwero" means "place of high view" in Setswana, the indigenous language of Botswana. The lodge lives up to its name as it sits perched above the Chobe River, boasting spectacular views across the islands and flood plains.
15 bungalows, all 61m2, make up the accommodation at Chobe Chilwero Lodge, of which 6 have king-sized beds and 9 have twin beds. En-suite bathrooms with a modern bath and indoor shower come standard, as does an outdoor shower, private garden with hammock, "sala" (private balcony), mosquito nets, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, hairdryer, minibar and in-room safe.
A main area is available to guests of Chobe Chilwero, and includes lounge and dining room, both of which are joined to outdoor viewing patios.
The private wine cellar is maintained by controlled temperature. This cellar contains wide range of South Africa and Europe's finest wines.
For the ultimate in pampering and relaxation, the in-room spa treatments are a must. In addition, the split-level swimming pool, library and curio shop ensure that guests are comfortable and cared for in all aspects of their stay. The well-equipped communications centre offers telephone, fax and Internet access. 240 volts of electricity is supplied 24 hours a day.
Taking advantage of its prime location in the heart of the Chobe National Park, Chobe Chilwero offers guests an array of wildlife species to view during their stay. In addition, this area is particularly varied in terms of landscapes, which range from riverine forests to floodplains and marshlands. Due to this variety, the wildlife in the area is equally mottled. Chobe accommodates the largest concentration of elephants in Africa, as well as hippo, buffalo, antelope and lion.
Game drives Expert guides, who combine training with years of experience, conduct fascinating game drives from customised open 4 x 4 game viewing vehicles.
Motorised boat safaris Floating safaris are conducted along the many waterways of Botswana on specially adapted safari motorboats. These tours are conducted throughout the year. Sundowner Cruises are the perfect end to a day spent exploring this gorgeous wilderness.
Fishing trips can be arranged at an additional cost.
Day trips are also freely available and provide a spectrum of exciting activities. Visits to Victoria Falls, bungee jumping, river rafting, microliting, tether ballooning, shopping, touring the Falls, visiting the cultural village, or elephant back riding are all great additions to your itinerary. Scenic flights over four countries are offered at an additional cost.
Chobe Chilwero Lodge is accessible via road or air. Kasane's international airport is about 10 minutes' drive from the lodge. Chobe Chilwero's preferred air charter company, Mack Air, offers a linking service to most camps in the region (including Baines' Camp, Chief's Camp & Stanley's Camp), which takes approximately 1.5 hours. It takes more or less the same amount of time to take a road transfer to/from Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Chobe Chilwero's "wet" season usually stretches between late December and early March, when hot, sunny days are interrupted by refreshing thundershowers in the afternoons. During this time, average daily temperatures range from 20? C to 38?C.
During this season, newborn animals, blooming flowers and the migration of beautiful bird species converge in the oasis of the Okavango Delta. Because of this prosperity of life, predators are also in action, and provide fantastic opportunities for observation.
Late March to early December sees the "dry" season, or winter. Temperatures range from 0?C at night to a daily average of about 26?C to 28?C at midday.
Autumn occurs in April and May, and still boasts relatively hot days of about 32?C, with chilly mornings and evenings, when temperatures drop to approximately 10?C. Spring (September to November) begins its days at about 15?C, which rises up to a toasty 38?C. June and November are generally considered periods of optimal game-viewing.
Visitors are advised to bring plenty of cool and comfortable clothing. Knitted tops and heavy jackets are essential for the chilly mornings and evenings. For game drives and safari trips, mute-coloured clothing is best. Long-sleeved tops and ankle-length trousers are essential for morning and evening expeditions to avoid malaria-carrying mosquito bites. Comfortable, closed shoes are essential.
A full laundry service is offered daily, at no extra charge.