Based in the town of Kasane, roughly a 20 minute drive from the gates to the Chobe National Park, Chobe Safari Lodge is a large, hotel style accommodation that promises excellent value for money and an unpretentious atmosphere. As one of the first safari lodges in the area, the riverside location is a coveted spot, with a jetty from which boat cruises into the national park regularly depart. Game drives are also on offer: these tend to reach the best wildlife spots after those from semi-permanent camps or the one lodge inside the park, and there is certainly a regimented feel to the timings and routes with so many guests at the lodge, but the guiding and vehicles are comparable with far more expensive accommodations.
There are more than 70 rooms in total, across various categories from camping pitches to the older Rondavels and River Rooms. The recently completed Safari Rooms are the luxury option, with bath tubs, private patios and satellite TV. The main lodge and dining area with its open kitchen is expansive and sociable, with an open side for river views. There is a pleasant, relatively large pool as well as an internet café, health and beauty centre and even a squash court. If this sounds like an impersonal, characterless hotel, there is an element of this when compared to intimate safari camps, but it is a great value for money option and excellent for families.